COVID-19 Information

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Please note: Town Hall is now open to the public.

The mail and locked drop boxes remain outside both doors of the Town Hall, and the table remains in the vestibule.

Update on Virtual Public Meetings

Boards, committees, and commissions may choose to meet in person at Town Hall. The public meets via Zoom.

On February 12, 2022, Governor Baker signed Chapter 22 of the Acts of 2022, which extends the authority for remote participation for all public bodies through July 14, 2022. 

Also, under the current law, the extension of entirely virtual Town Meetings and the COVID-19 provisions related to quorum requirements will expire on July 15, 2022.

Once the extension expires, the current statute allows 49% of the Board/Committee/Commission to meet remotely, along with 100% of the staff and public. The person chairing the meeting (this does not have to be THE Chair, just the person acting as Chair) and a majority of the Board/Committee/Commission must be in person. 

In terms of legislative action, Senate budget Section 133 (Filed by Sen. Brownsberger) would extend all COVID-19 provisions until December 15, 2023. The Senator's bill is in the conference committee, so while there is a possibility that the extension will be implemented, it is not a guarantee.

Residents and media will still be permitted to speak when recognized by the Chair at the appropriate time(s) noted on the agenda.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. The Town of Egremont is committed to transparency and will make every effort to provide real-time coverage for residents.

For more information, consult Updated Guidance on Holding Meetings Pursuant to the Act Extending Certain COVID-19 Measures.

To Town Officials & Town Residents

The Selectboard is very aware of the difficulties we all encounter in hosting Town Board/Committee meetings via Zoom. One such issue that has arisen as a concern is public participants who are not using video and not identifying themselves. The Open Meeting Law requires minutes of meetings to include those in attendance. The Selectboard discussed this issue at its meeting on September 22, 2021, and voted to encourage all attendees to use video; if a person's technology does not allow for video, they will be asked to identify themselves. All Boards/Committees must have someone in charge of identifying those without video. All attendees who speak must identify themselves before speaking.