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The following news briefs were provided by Town Manager Jodi Ross and her staff members.
•Community update on the COVID-19 situation and impacts on town operations:
*Approved 5-0 to hold special Town Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. at Westford Academy Trustees Field, approved the timeline with an amendment to close the Warrant on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
•Update on 2020 State Primary Election and request to sign 2020 State Primary
*The State Primary Election is on Sept. 1. All six precincts will be open as
usual. Early voting in person will be available at the Old Center Fire Station, located
at 51 Main Street from Saturday, Aug. 22 through Friday, Aug. 28.
*Approved 5-0 to sign the 2020 State Primary Warrant.
•Fiscal Year 2021 financial update, including CARES Act and FEMA
*Blue Cross/Blue Shield agreed to reduce the town’s premium for 2021 by $125,000 and employees’ premiums by $70K due to COVID and the lack of nonessential medical
*Currently negotiating with BCBS and a joint purchase group health insurance plan todetermine the best to select for the upcoming health insurance renewal. Will return to the SB for their approval on Aug. 25.
*Discuss the impact on the Recreation Department’s WPC After-School Program
based upon School Committee decisions regarding school reopening plans
Continued to next SB meeting on Aug. 25.
•Consider providing all town staff members with one compensatory day off in recognition of their dedication and extraordinary service delivery efforts for our residents during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Approved 5-0 not to create an overtime situation and for firefighters 8 hours of time off.
•Review of Town Common Usage Policy and consider establishing a Flag Policy. Continued to next SB meeting on Aug. 25.
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