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Select Board adopts hybrid meeting model

By Theresa Knapp 
The Hopedale Select Board has adopted a hybrid meeting model to last at least through July 15, 2022. 
In February, Governor Charlie Baker extended pandemic-related rules that extended authorization for towns to hold virtual public meetings through July 15. This extends a previous order that was set to expire on April 1. 
Last summer, the Hopedale Select Board adopted a Remote Participation Policy which said all town boards had to find a way for the public to attend meetings remotely. 

Town Administrator Diana Schindler said the virtual model would continue, at least through July 15, but asked the board if any members would like to be in the room so that residents could have the option to meet in person if they would like to do so. 
“I do think for the sake of our audience and constituents and consultants and attorneys, it is saving us money, it’s saving people time, and it’s allowing a lot of good participation,” Schindler said. 
The board decided at least one selectperson will be in person at Town Hall during the Select Board meetings.