One man sat cordoned off by caution tape in the 20-by-20 foot "maskless section" of the Town Meeting tent Saturday. 

The rest of those seated under the large tent on a field outside the high school wore masks in chairs set up 6 feet apart. 

"I think they have adopted very well. I have gone to previous ones and I think that they are doing a good job considering the circumstances," said Mark Rumson, who attended Town Meeting with his sons, Erich, 14, and Robert, also 14. 

Generally, Town Meeting is held in the Collins Center at the high school over a three-day period. This year, however, due to the pandemic it was held outside in one day to prevent spread of coronavirus.

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan said Town Meeting needed to be held outside to follow social distancing protocols because there wasn't any inside space large enough.

"I think everything was very good," said John Murphy of Willard Circle. "If I had to say anything, the orientation, the stage in the middle, the edges [of the tent] were a little far from the stage." 

To Murphy, this year's Town Meeting looked rather sparse in attendance.

"I didn't know what to expect — it was sparse. I was surprised when I came in to find parking, how easy it was," said Murphy.

 A little less than 300 people attended. Thirty-seven articles were considered ranging from the approval of a  $197,825,031 FY '21 budget, to an article that would allow the Select Board to sell the Old Town Yard to a third-party developer in order to turn the now-vacant property into a mix-use residential/commercial development.

Murphy said he wasn't prompted to attend Town Meeting by any particular issue.

"I just come to every meeting," he said.

He did have something to say to those who chose to attend without a mask. 

"I think that people who don't wear a mask these days are crazy," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

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