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Area town officials get back to business in person


June 27, 2020
REGION – One step at a time, towns in the Winnisquam Region are reopening offices and holding a few in-person meetings while taking precautions as they do so in the interest of both employee and public safety.

Northfield Town Clerk/Tax Collector Cindy Caveney said nothing is definite as far as the reopening of their town offices right now, but window service remains available for those conducting business with the town.

"We still have a few adjustments to make to limit our physical exposure prior to welcoming people back in," Caveney said. "We're keeping an eye on what happens with the virus now that everything else is opening up."

Selectman Ruth Mooney of Belmont reported that their Town Clerk/Tax Collectors office reopened last week but they are requiring that people practice social distancing protocols when entering the town hall.

Tilton Town Administrator Jeanie Forrester said their TC/TC office will reopen on this coming Monday. Access to the office will be from the Main St. door only and again, social distancing protocols will be in place.

In Sanbornton, Selectman Jim Dick said the TC/TC office will continue public access through their outside service window from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, for the time being. Any in-person transactions with the Board of Selectmen can now be conducted by appointment but there is a limit of two people at a time in their office lobby.

Dick said that otherwise, "Conduct of public meetings will be left at the discretion of the chair of the board or committee. If a body does choose to meet in person, we will still use the dial-in conference line so that the public can attend remotely."

He added that while Gov. Sununu has lifted restrictions on small gatherings, his board felt it best to move slowly and work back toward in-person meetings after taking time to establish effective procedures and protocols that will help keep everyone safe.

"Just because we can have everyone meet in person doesn't mean we have to, or should," he said.

However, selectmen did agree to resume meeting in person beginning with their scheduled June 24 board meeting.

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