Board of Health Hears Proposal for Annual Town Meeting

At a remote Board of Health meeting on May 20, 2020, Board of Health Director Heidi Porter and Town Moderator Cathy Cordes reviewed the proposed plans for an Open Town Meeting tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 27. The meeting originally set for March 23 was postponed due to Covid-19. An early start time will be preferable to one later in the day, to allow for a metered check-in period, and to avoid the peak mosquito activity.

Cordes stressed that she wanted the town meeting to be safe and accessible. She has been in frequent conversations with other moderators across the state, brainstorming solutions. One challenge is that with Open Town Meeting, the number attending is not known (as it would be with representative town meeting), so the town has to plan to accommodate everyone who comes.  The meeting would be held on Sabourin Field with chairs set up 6 feet apart and with aisles in between rows. A check-in system will be designed to provide for 6-foot social distancing.  A high-quality sound system would be in place and accessible portable toilets available. Hand sanitizer would be available and masks would be required.

After a thorough discussion the board members appeared to be satisfied with the plans and were in agreement that an outdoor meeting would be safer than an indoor venue. The plans for Annual Town Meeting are on the Select Board agenda for Wednesday, May 17 at 1:30 pm via Zoom or telephone conference call. The date of a postponed meeting lies with the Moderator.

To Attend Wednesday’s Select Board Meeting

Directions on how to attend the remote meeting can be found on the agenda here:
https://www.bedfordma.gov/sites/bedfordma/files/agendas/sel_agenda_5-27-2020.pdf

To Learn More

To read the Board of Health response to Governor Baker’s reopening steps reported separately, see  https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2020/05/first-steps-toward-re-opening-businesses-in-bedford/


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