All meetings in Truro are remote only. Go to truro-ma.gov and click on the meeting you want to watch. The agenda includes instructions on how to join.
Thursday, Dec. 9
- Climate Action Committee, 10 a.m.
- Cable and Internet Advisory Committee, 1 p.m.
- Human Services Committee, 1 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 13
- Energy Committee, 4:30 p.m.
- Bike and Walkway Committee, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 14
- Council on Aging, 9 a.m.
- Select Board, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 15
- Planning Board, 5 p.m.
- Walsh Property Community Planning Committee, 6:30 p.m.
Town vs. Campground Settlement
The town last month reached an agreement with the owner of Horton’s Campground. Truro and A/C Mobile Home Park Inc. have been in Barnstable Superior Court since 2017, after the zoning board of appeals issued a stop-work order at Horton’s. Without permits, the owner in 2016 had cleared habitat of the Eastern box turtle, a species protected by state law, to install a state-mandated wastewater treatment system. This prompted a stop-work order from the state Dept. of Environmental Protection as well. And the Cape Cod National Seashore — in which the camp property lies — did not renew the campground’s certificate of suspension of condemnation, leaving it vulnerable to being taken by the Dept. of Interior.
The settlement with Truro, filed on Nov. 16, ensures that the clear-cut acreage will receive peer-reviewed restoration and monitoring of the growth of the desired vegetation over the next five years, according to an announcement from the town. It requires the campground to provide a screening buffer along South Highland Road.
The settlement also “permanently prohibits” any increase in the number of campsites. And it blocks construction of new permanent structures like decks, sheds, or porches.
A/C Mobile Home Park separately settled with the state Div. of Fisheries and Wildlife in September by offering to give 9.61 acres to the Truro Conservation Trust. —K.C. Myers
Online Fiscal Transparency
Truro has fanned out its fiscal data in plain sight on a new online transparency center, powered by the software ClearGov. The town’s budgetary breakdowns are available on the cleargov.com website, where a search for the town makes available numbers stretching back to 2010.
In Truro Talks, the town’s official newsletter, Alex Marini Lessin, the finance director, encouraged people to poke around and explore the platform for themselves — the best way, he said, to learn the system. “This helps folks track our financial picture over time,” he told the Independent. “And it’ll allow people to have some context in terms of previous spending.”
Following guidelines put forward by the American with Disabilities Act, the Transparency Center has also been optimized for community members who may need assistive technology, such as screen readers and voice recognition software.
As it stands right now, the financial data for the town at large will be updated once a year, “as the books close,” Lessin said. “But once we get more of an understanding of how this platform is used, we hope for a more frequent update schedule.” Eventually, Lessin would like to update the data after each quarter.
Wellfleet’s numbers have not been updated on ClearGov since 2019. —Jasmine Lu