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Gary McFarland
Bob Christie Kathleen Rybarz  
 Statement Regarding Annual Town Meeting & COVID 19 (Coronavirus)

 

The worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, better known as Coronavirus, has resulted in a recommendation from the State of Maine that non-essential mass gatherings be postponed or canceled.   We recognize the need for public health safety and the effort by governments at all levels to try to limit the spread of the virus.  Today, Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Maine Center for Disease Control announced a suspected case in Maine.  It has not yet been confirmed.

 

The Town of Lamoine operates with a town meeting form of government.  The annual town meeting is essential to the operation of our local government, and many months ago the town meeting was set for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 6PM at the Lamoine School.   The recommendation from Maine Governor Janet Mills is that gatherings of 250-people or more for non-essential purposes does not necessarily conflict with the annual town meeting process.  Rarely do that many people attend the annual meeting, and nothing on the warrant has generated any amount of controversy that would likely draw a large crowd for the town meeting itself.

 

Prior to the meeting, the Lamoine 150! Committee has planned to serve sandwiches and other food to those attending, and to perform a short skit commemorating the town’s first town meeting 150-years ago.   While of historic and social significance, the meal and the skit are not considered an essential part of town governance.

 

It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to postpone the 8th grade meal and skit.  We will proceed with the annual town meeting beginning at 6:00 PM at the Lamoine School Gym.  It is properly up to our citizens to choose whether to attend the annual meeting.  There are no provisions under state law to cancel a town meeting.  During the course of a meeting, it is possible to postpone it until a date certain.  We are not recommending that to occur unless the situation in Maine escalates so quickly that continuing with the meeting is not practical.

 

 

/s/ Jo Cooper                             

/s/ Kathleen Rybarz                   

/s/Gary McFarland

/s/ Nathan Mason                                               

/s/ Robert Christie

 

 

The Lamoine Board of Selectmen