Truro is working on remote capacity to enable people to participate in public meetings. “We don’t have that in place yet,” said Town Manager Rae Ann Palmer. “So we have delayed all regular meetings.”
A board of health meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, on the Truro Motor Inn’s plans to upgrade its septic system and avoid receivership was delayed. The board of health met briefly only to discuss the COVID-19 public health crisis. An audio of that meeting will be posted on the town’s website, Palmer said.
Palmer said she hopes to have a remote access plan in place by the end of this week. Check the town’s website, www.truro-ma.gov, for updated information on the two meetings posted below, which could not be delayed.
Thursday, March 19
- Select Board, 2:30 p.m.; look for an update on remote access on the town’s website.
Tuesday, March 24
- Select Board, 5 p.m.; look for an update on remote access on the town’s website.
Being the most rural town on Cape Cod has left Truro challenged when it comes to arranging online meetings, needed now due to the coronavirus crisis.
One of the select board members lives on a street that does not have Comcast internet service because the street has fewer than 25 homes per mile. Comcast refuses to provide access to such homes because it’s not worth it for them, said Town Manager Rae Ann Palmer. The town is negotiating with the utility company to change its policy to reach people in areas of 10 homes per mile, Palmer said.
Incumbent Stephanie J. Rein is the only person who has pulled nomination papers to run for a seat on the select board in the May 12 annual election.
There is competition for two seats on the planning board, however. Incumbents John R. Riemer and Paul Kiernan have pulled nomination papers and so has a new candidate, Clinton Kershaw.
There’s another race for one seat on the school committee; Colby J. Blehm has pulled and returned papers, while Denise M. Seager has pulled papers but had not returned them as of Tuesday.
Incumbent Moderator Monica Kraft is running again. Martha Magane and Margaret Royka are unopposed for two seats on the library board of trustees. Incumbent Marilyn Adams is running unopposed for cemetery commission.
Elizabeth Adele Gallo is running unopposed for the housing authority.
All nomination papers must be returned by March 24 at 5 p.m. —K.C. Myers