Most meetings in Wellfleet are remote only, but some are being held in person. Go to wellfleet-ma.gov and click on the meeting you want to watch, then follow the instructions on the agenda.
Thursday, April 21
- Bylaw Review Committee, 10 a.m.
- Barnstable County Home Consortium, 3 p.m.
- Energy and Climate Action Committee, 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 23
- Transfer Station Amnesty Day, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26
- Select Board executive session, 6:30 p.m.
- Select Board, 7 p.m., virtual and Adult Center
Wednesday, April 27
- Nauset Public Schools Joint School Committee, 6 p.m.
Thursday, April 28
- Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m.
The DPW will host its annual Amnesty Day this Saturday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. During those hours, pay-as-you-throw bags will not be required for Wellfleet residents who have transfer station stickers affixed to their vehicles.
The spring cleanup event allows for one load of demolition or bulky waste per household. Additional loads will be charged the standard fee. “The original idea was to help people clean up their yards,” said transfer station truck driver Justin Pechonis.
Commercial solid waste, demolition materials, and scrap metal will be billed at the standard tonnage rate. No hazardous waste is permitted.
Some bulky items are limited: four tires per household, two appliances per household, four mattresses or box springs per household, four furniture items per household, and two televisions or computer monitors per household.
Town Meeting Outdoors
The annual town meeting on Saturday, June 11 will be held outdoors again this year.
After a discussion with Health Agent Hillary Greenberg-Lemos and Fire Chief Richard Pauley, “their consensus was, out of an abundance of caution, they’re recommending holding town meeting outdoors,” Town Moderator Dan Silverman told the select board.
He noted that the town may be looking at another Covid surge come summer, if the new Omicron subvariant continues to spread.
While it’s logistically easier to hold town meeting indoors, “we want to make sure people are comfortable, so we have as much participation as possible,” Silverman said. The meeting will start at 10 a.m.
One drawback is that it makes presentations more difficult. “We’re relying on handouts of a pretty limited scope,” select board chair Ryan Curley said. But board member Helen Miranda Wilson and Silverman argued that wasn’t too important.
“What’s going to answer the voters’ questions is the way the select board makes the presentation to them,” said Silverman. “The visuals have very little to do with people’s understanding of what the bookkeeping issues are, what the deficit issues are, and what the long-term structural financial issues are. Those are the things the select board needs to be prepared to explain.”
The meeting was originally set for April 25 but was rescheduled because the town’s accounts are still not balanced, and the state has not certified the free cash account. The 65 articles to be addressed by the town will be split between two separate meetings, with the second one yet to be scheduled. —Michaela Chesin