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Dracut Board of Selectmen call emergency meeting for Thursday to discuss COVID-19 health threat

Mar 18, 2020 04:57PM ● By Lisa Redmond

Dracut Town Hall

DRACUT – As the number of Massachusetts residents testing positive for the coronavirus continues to rise, including two people from Billerica, the Dracut Board of Selectmen has scheduled an emergency meeting at noon on Thursday, March 19 to discuss declaring a town wide emergency due to this public health threat.

There are three items on the agenda:

· Discuss the town’s response and implementations of measures being taken regarding the COVID-19 crisis and takes votes if necessary.

· Vote to declare a town wide emergency due to the public health threat posed by COVID-19.

· Discuss future meetings including, but not limited to, town elections, town meeting and public hearings.

With Gov. Charlie Baker’s declaration of the State of Emergency last week that calls for gatherings of no more than 25 people, many communities are scrambling to postpone town elections and Town Meeting.

Town Meeting is where voters are scheduled to approve the FY21 town/school budget, which begins on July 1. Communities are required under state law to pass a budget before the June 30 deadline.

But Baker has a bill before the state Legislature that would extend that deadline.

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