In order to mitigate the transmission of the COVID-19 Virus, the Town has been advised and directed by the Commonwealth to suspend public gatherings, and as such, the Governor’s Order suspends the requirement of the Open Meeting Law to have all meetings in a publicly accessible physical location. Further, all members of public bodies are allowed and encouraged to participate remotely. Remote meetings can be viewed by tuning into your government access channel on your home TV (channel 22 - Comcast; channel 41 - Verizon) and online:
The Order, which you can find with agenda materials and here, allows public bodies to meet entirely remotely so long as reasonable public access is afforded so that the public can follow along with the deliberations of the meeting.
Supporting materials for the meeting is posted with the event details (located below, click meeting name to view material).
Public Comment During Meetings
Ensuring public access does not ensure public participation unless such participation is required by law. Various meetings and agenda items will or will not allow comment.
Some meetings will allow public comment by email or phone during the meeting. To make public comment during a meeting, email: [email protected] and include the Board or Committee Name and date of the meeting in the subject line [ex. BOS - 3/24/2020]. Additionally, the email must include your name and address in the email. We are unable to read any emails without this information.
Other public meetings will require the public who wish to participate in the meeting under new businesses or an advertised public hearing to pre-register. Once you have pre-registered, please use these instructions on how to join and participate in the meeting.
The posted agenda will include the form of public comment (email, phone, or pre-registration).
Governor's Order | On March 12, Governor Baker issued an emergency order making modifications to the state’s Open Meeting Law to allow state, quasi and local governments to continue to carry out essential functions during the COVID-19 outbreak.
To view meetings online you can click on the "Watch Live Meetings Online" button below or follow these instructions, Instructions to Access Meeting Online