Some meetings are in person, some online, and some are both. Go to provincetown-ma.gov and click on the meeting you want to watch to see if a remote option is available.
Thursday, Jan. 27
- Public Pier Corp. Board, 4 p.m., Town Hall
- Planning Board, 6 p.m., Town Hall
Tuesday, Feb. 1
- Conservation Commission, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 2
- Historic District Commission, 4 p.m.
- Harbor Committee, 5 p.m., virtual
Thursday, Feb. 3
- Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 p.m.
Fire and Police Staff Swelling
Fire Chief Mike Trovato and Police Chief Jim Golden are both asking for more personnel and more money in next year’s budget.
Chief Trovato proposed a budget that was $2 million over the previous year’s $1,132,586. That would buy the town a full-time emergency medical services department on July 1, said Town Manager Alex Morse during a Jan. 24 select board meeting.
Such a huge increase is unlikely to make the final cut. The details of the fire budget were going to be further hashed out after the Independent’s deadline this week.
Morse recommended a phased approach, gradually increasing the fire dept. staff with the goal of building a full-time emergency medical service staff. Meanwhile, the Lower Cape Ambulance Association, which both Truro and Provincetown use as backup to do ambulance runs, would be phased out.
“After many meetings with the fire chief and his team, I do fully recognize the need to begin that planning process and begin that transition,” Morse said. “But we wouldn’t be able to do so without a plan in terms of staffing but also in terms of funding.”
Creating an EMS department would necessitate a budget override, Morse said.
Police Chief Golden proposes to hire two full-time police officers, bringing the total staff up to 23 officers. Breaking down the salary figures, he said he would be eliminating four summer reserve jobs to save $87,920 and adding two full-time officers, which would cost $129,950, for a total increase in the budget of just over $42,000.
The police reform law called for reserves, or “summer cops,” to receive 800 hours of training rather than their previous 400 hours. The 800 hours qualifies them to be hired as full-time officers with better pay and benefits. All the chiefs on the Outer Cape who use summer reserves say the reform bill will end the summer cops program in two years’ time. Canceling summer cops was not the intent of the bill, but there is no “legislative fix,” Golden told the select board.
Reviews of all the town department budgets will continue over the next few weeks. —K.C. Myers