Most meetings in Wellfleet are remote only, but some are held in person. Go to www.wellfleet-ma.gov/calendar and click on the meeting you want to watch, then follow the instructions on the agenda.
Thursday, Nov. 16
- Nauset Regional Middle School Advisory Council, 3:30 p.m., Middle School Room 269
- Nauset Regional School District Central Office Budget Subcommittee, 5:30 p.m.,78 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans
- Energy and Climate Action Committee, 7:15 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 20
- Regulatory Oversight Group, Herring River Restoration Project, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
- Select board, 6 p.m., Adult Community Center and Zoom
Town Hall is closed Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving.
An Out-of-Town Treasurer
Town Administrator Rich Waldo has hired Jared Aponte as the town’s treasurer; Cameron Scott, the former treasurer, resigned in June. According to Waldo, Aponte has almost a decade of municipal finance experience, including jobs as treasurer, collector, assessor, and finance director. Last year, he started a financial consulting business, Aponte & Aponte, with his father.
The catch? Aponte will be working from Leominster. Waldo told the select board on Nov. 7 that Aponte will commute one day a week to work at town hall but will otherwise work remotely. During high-demand moments such as budgeting season, Aponte will be in town up to three days a week, Waldo said.
The hire comes after the finance dept. had been operating for months without a permanent treasurer. Waldo hired Alex Williams in June after Scott resigned, but Williams had been working for the town in addition to a job as full-time treasurer for Georgetown. “He expected a short stint, and he has been on for four or five months now,” Waldo said.
Select board members understood that a hybrid work model would have to work for now. “We all wish somebody was available who could be fully here, but we definitely understand the hiring conditions,” said board member Ryan Curley.
Waldo has offered Angelo Salamone the building commissioner position. With that hire, the town will have filled all the critical department head positions except in accounting, which the town has been contracting to a private firm.
The hires come after a slew of resignations emptied town hall of many key positions this summer. Now the town will be able to focus on hiring newly created positions, Waldo said, such as wastewater superintendent, a position approved at the April town meeting, and town planner, which townspeople said yes to at the September special town meeting. —Sam Pollak