Meetings are held remotely. To watch live, go to truro-ma.gov and find meetings on the lower right of the home page. Click on the agenda of the meeting you are interested in and follow directions within each agenda. To view meetings after they have occurred, go to the town home page, scroll down under News & Announcements, click on “Remote Meeting Information,” and follow directions.
Thursday, May 21
- Town Manager Screening Committee, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, May 26
- Select Board, 2 p.m.
Thursday, May 28
- Zoning Board of Appeals Cloverleaf Hearing, 5:30 p.m.
As of May 19, Truro had one active case of coronavirus and nine resolved cases.
State Accused of Soft Language
Select board member Bob Weinstein told state legislators at the Truro Select Board meeting on Tuesday that he was very disappointed that the language in the governor’s orders regarding several reopening guidelines was too soft and didn’t mandate necessary safety precautions. He said there wasn’t enough testing or contact tracing in the state.
State Sen. Julian Cyr, a Truro native, agreed with Weinstein, saying, “There are some gaps in the reopening plan,” but there is more testing on the way. State Rep. Sarah Peake, of Provincetown, said there is “abundant testing capacity now.”
Town Manager Rae Ann Palmer asked for signs to use at town beaches related to social distancing of 12 feet between beach blankets and other state guidelines.
“Those are crucial, especially for Memorial Day,” said Cyr.
Budget Cuts Looming
Palmer and Town Accountant Trudi Brazil estimate that summer revenue will likely be down $500,000: from $2.2 million to $1.7 million. Beach and dump sticker fees, and meals and rooms tax collections are expected to be significantly lower than in 2020.
Suggestions on how to cut the fiscal 2021 budget include a loss of $3,000 in the Truro 400 budget, and the removal of all library and road maintenance from the capital budget. A mobile generator and interview room for the police department could also be chopped, Palmer told the select board on May 5. —K.C. Myers