The Plympton Board of Selectmen met virtually on Thursday, April 30 as they have been doing each week during the COVID-19 pandemic. Town Administrator Elizabeth Dennehy gave an update on the town’s plan to deal with the virus. Dennehy said that the town is following the Governor’s guidance to extend the stay-at-home order to May 18.
Town employees continue to work remotely whenever possible with only a select few continuing to go into town buildings in order to complete essential services. The town has also begun implementing virtual tours for inspection processes. Dennehy also said that everything is continuing to go smoothly with the Police and Fire Departments and that the town currently has a sufficient supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The Emergency Management team has met to discuss logistics for reopening. Dennehy said they have discussed such necessities as face coverings as well as structural changes to buildings. The possibility of installing plexiglass to reduce contact was a potential option mentioned. Dennehy said the team is “trying to get an idea of the best path forward.”
Dennehy and the Selectmen also discussed how best to handle the town’s Memorial Day events. Dennehy said that many surrounding towns have postponed those events to Veteran’s Day. Both Kathy Ferguson and Briggette Martins, who are both on the Memorial Day Committee, were receptive to the idea. Selectman Mark Russo said, “I’m in total agreement that it needs to be postponed. My only concern is that we wait a week to put it on the agenda in case there was opposition.” Selectmen Christine Joy and John Traynor were in agreement.
Dennehy also told the Board that she had been in touch with the Co-Chair of the Open Space Committee Linda Leddy about extending the bid date for the three lots on Prospect Road. The new due date for offers is May 20, 2020 by noon at the Plympton Town House.
The town received word from energy provider Eversource that there was a problematic tree down on the town green. Dennehy said that due to COVID-19, Eversource was asking either herself or Joy to sign off on the removal of the tree. “I took a ride down there and the tree is practically coming down now; It’s dangerous,” Traynor said. He continued, “I wonder if they could do it with a provision that they grind the stump since it is on the town green.” Russo agreed and asked that it be put on the following week’s agenda to enable anyone who may be sensitive to such issues to attend the meeting.
In other town business, Traynor made a motion to send the codification warrant article that would change the bylaws to the Planning Board. Traynor said that it would be necessary to have a clear date for doing so before going to the Attorney General’s office. Dennehy also said that she had received correspondence from a town solar project stating the need to do an electrical crossing on Ring Road.
Traynor also had a rave for the week. He commended the Russos (Mark and family) for what he referred to as “Friday night cooking” during which meals would be given out to as many as 40 families.