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Town Officials and the Emergency Management Team are reviewing the state’s reopening guidelines for Phase 2 of the Four Phase Plan, as they become available. There still remains unanswered details that affect Weston’s Town services, such as the Recreation Fields, Pool, Camps, Town Election, Town Meeting, etc.
As the guidelines become available, the Team consults with Department Managers to help shape the reopening plans. The following considerations are taken in with the decision-making:
When departments and services become publicly available, they will NOT be offered in the same way as before. The process to reopen Weston is going to be a slow and steady approach to allow for the safety of staff and residents. Additionally, new procedures and protocols will be in place to accommodate safety guidelines and this may take some time to become familiar.
Please note, Phase 2 will not automatically begin unless:
Municipalities and demographics vary, so what works for one town may not work for another.
The following are updates to some of Weston’s Town Services during Phase 1 of the state’s plan that directly impact residents:
Public curbside pick-up of materials is currently scheduled to be held one day per week, starting Friday, June 5th. See WestonLibrary.org for additional details on how the service will work. Advanced reservations must be made.
Please be patient with this current schedule, as the Minuteman system as a whole is affected. The Library will expand its curbside hours as they are able to and can safely do so.
Weston will celebrate its High School Class of 2020 with a car parade and graduation on Sunday, June 7th. The entire town is encouraged to cheer the graduates along the parade route, while observing appropriate social distancing from others. The parade will start at 4:00 p.m. in the Monster.com parking lot (133 Boston Post Rd). Please note, the Country School, Field School, and Community Center parking lots are reserved for specifically-assigned groups.
Due to current Dept. of Education regulations, the graduation at the High School is for graduates and their families only (limit one vehicle per graduate). Graduates will remain in their cars throughout the ceremony, which will include traditional events such as the bagpipes, the National Anthem, student and key-note speeches, and the awarding of the diplomas. Weston Media will be filming the event (not live-broadcast).
The Weston Recreation, working with local and state officials, has come to the unfortunate conclusion to refund all summer camp fees collected to date. The phase 2 guidelines that have been issued so far have made it clear that whatever programming offered this summer will be inherently different than the summer camp programs advertised and anticipated. The Recreation Staff and Commission will continue working with local officials to develop safe programs within the new safety guidelines provided by the state. Please stay tuned for future announcements and open registration when that time comes.
Weston Recreation is keenly aware of Memorial Pool being a summer staple in Weston, and with a long history of providing fun summer programming that is highly valued by our residents. We have been working diligently with state officials over the last couple months to learn and understand what adjustments would be needed in order to safely open. Unfortunately, given the upfront investment needed and the ongoing uncertainty from the state, it will not be feasible to safely operate this summer. All badges purchased to date will be fully refunded.
Please know, arriving at this conclusion was extremely difficult. We prepared for the season as much as possible, given the uncertainty. Substantial changes were expected, including strict limitations on attendance and time per visit, as well as closing the changing areas, the sandbox, and diving board, among others.
Additionally, pool operation involves a significant investment in a normal season. The investment would be greater this season with the necessity of additional staff to enforce new regulations and carry out new practices. And yet, safety concerns persist along with the potential of closing again due to an uptick in coronavirus spread.
The annual Concert on the Green series, which kicks-off in mid-June with the Ice Cream Social, has been cancelled for this year. The series was scheduled to be held at the Field School’s outdoor amphitheater due to the Town Center construction. The outdoor gathering cannot be conducted in a safe manner, per state guidelines.
The solid waste and recycling facility has reopened to normal operating hours (Tues., Wed., Fri., & Sat. 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Residents need to wear a face covering when on site and are urged to conduct their business as quickly as possible (minimize the socializing, please).
Per Weston’s Bylaws, the Annual Town Meeting must be called prior to the election and held the Monday after the election. The Select Board is still weighing its options and discussing the best path forward for the Town and within the parameters of the law and public safety. All meetings of the Select Board are open to the public and are currently being held via an online video conferencing platform. Agendas are posted to Weston.org/AgendaCenter at least 48-hours in advance of the meeting.
Weston’s Select Board voted to extend due dates for real and personal property tax payments and applications for exemptions, as well as a waiver of interest on certain municipal tax and other bills paid by June 30, 2020.
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Weston’s Select Board voted to extend the deadline to license dogs from April 30th to July 31st. Renewals can be obtained online at Weston.org/DogLicense provided a current rabies certificate is on file. A license application can also be found online.
As Town Officials await guidance from the state regarding how and when the Annual Town Election can safely be held amidst the ongoing public health emergency, the Town Clerk is preparing now for absentee and mail-in voting to alleviate in-person voting crowds. Residents are encouraged to prepare now by submitting their absentee or mail-in ballot applications. Continue reading for additional information...
Please keep in mind that in Weston’s Bylaws, the Annual Town Meeting must be called prior to the election and held the Monday after the election.