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Truro MA, 02666

A View from Wellfleet- Truro RTE Tax Shift is a Slippery Slope

As a nonresident taxpayer in Wellfleet, Charles Rutz wrote in today's Cape Cod Times that he has "followed the idea of a dual tax system very closely in many towns. It is very flawed. I was very disturbed to read that Truro finally voted to treat year round and nonresident...

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Cape Cod Times Editorial Opposes Truro’s Taxation Without Representation

Following the Truro Selectmen's 4-1 vote to adopt the Residential Tax Exemption (RTE), the Cape Cod Times issued an editorial on August 26, 2017 supporting TPRTA's position opposing the RTE and rejecting the Selectemen's reasoning. Their own reasoning is eloquently laid out here: Truro RTE Opposed_Taxation without representation_CCTimes_082617

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Town Adopts Residential Tax Exemption Despite Part-Timers Overwhelming Opposition

The Truro Board of Selectmen voted to adopt the RTE 4-1, despite hundreds and hundreds of personal comments,  emails and personal communications in opposition from part-time residents  and limited support from full-time residents.  For those Selectmen who voted to adopt, this decision was made a long time ago and never...

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TPRTA Warns Against Adoption of the RTE – Cape Cod Times

The Cape Cod Times reported today on TPRTA's efforts to persuade Truro officials not to adopt a a Residential Tax Exemption that would reduce qualified full-time residents taxes while shifting the total savings onto part-time residents.  TPRTA advocates for the interests of part-time residents in Truro, who represent 76% of...

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TPRTA Affirms Message of One Community | Opposes Residential Tax Exemption | Offers Constructive Alternatives

TPRTA members voted overwhelmingly to oppose the proposed residential tax exemption, receiving views that reflect part-time residents desire to ensure tax hardship does not occur in Truro for any property owner and  to propose constructive alternatives.  They also voted to make sure we understand the enabling legislation, how that law...

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Sep

08 2017

A View from Wellfleet- Truro RTE Tax Shift is a Slippery Slope

As a nonresident taxpayer in Wellfleet, Charles Rutz wrote in today's Cape Cod Times that he has "followed the idea of a dual tax system very closely in many towns. It is very flawed. I was very disturbed to read...

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Aug

27 2017

Cape Cod Times Editorial Opposes Truro’s Taxation Without Representation

Following the Truro Selectmen's 4-1 vote to adopt the Residential Tax Exemption (RTE), the Cape Cod Times issued an editorial on August 26, 2017 supporting TPRTA's position opposing the RTE and rejecting the Selectemen's reasoning. Their own reasoning is eloquently...

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Aug

23 2017

Town Adopts Residential Tax Exemption Despite Part-Timers Overwhelming Opposition

The Truro Board of Selectmen voted to adopt the RTE 4-1, despite hundreds and hundreds of personal comments,  emails and personal communications in opposition from part-time residents  and limited support from full-time residents.  For those Selectmen who voted to adopt,...

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Aug

13 2017

TPRTA Warns Against Adoption of the RTE – Cape Cod Times

The Cape Cod Times reported today on TPRTA's efforts to persuade Truro officials not to adopt a a Residential Tax Exemption that would reduce qualified full-time residents taxes while shifting the total savings onto part-time residents.  TPRTA advocates for the...

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Jul

25 2017

TPRTA Affirms Message of One Community | Opposes Residential Tax Exemption | Offers Constructive Alternatives

TPRTA members voted overwhelmingly to oppose the proposed residential tax exemption, receiving views that reflect part-time residents desire to ensure tax hardship does not occur in Truro for any property owner and  to propose constructive alternatives.  They also voted to...

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Jul

12 2017

Majority of Part-time Residents Oppose Town’s Residential Tax Exemption

At the TPRTA Annual Meeting on July 1, 150 + participants heard a full presentation of the Town's proposal to implement a state-based  Residential Tax Exemption  (RTE).  This RTE would reduce the assessed value of all qualifying full-time properties by...

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May

30 2017

TPRTA Annual Meeting – JULY 1, 2017 10 AM – Hold the Date

HOLD The DATE and be part of for our annual members' meeting.  We have important items to discuss and interesting guest speakers, including Truro native son and new State Senator, Julian Cyr. ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING JULY 1, 2017 -  10...

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May

15 2017

Truro Re-Opens Discussion of Tax Shift to Part-Time Residents

Last year the BoS floated the idea of a residential tax exemption for all year-round homeowners that would entirely be shifted onto part-time residents.  Provincetown along with three other towns on the Cape and Islands have adopted this provision based...

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Apr

26 2017

Truro Adopts House Size Restrictions in Seashore District

In a major victory for those who wish to preserve the Seashore as both a wonder of nature and a major economic engine of the Town, Truro voters overwhelmingly supported putting generous but firm limits on house sizes within the...

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Apr

17 2017

No More Stickers Needed at Transfer Station – Starts May 1

No more Dump Stickers -  some will miss the fun and creative side of these stickers, for sure, but the new system will be easier and more convenient to obtain and use.  After May 1, it  will no longer be...

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Mar

15 2017

APCC Launches Rain Barrel Program

Since Truro is mostly on well-water, many folks are interested in capturing rain water for irrigation and other uses. The Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod (APCC)  has launched a rain barrel program, offering 55-gallon rain barrels to the public...

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Mar

08 2017

CCNS Expands Kitesurfing Areas

THE CCNS has recently designated a second location where kitesurfing will be permitted in the Seashore.  Duck Harbor, a bay side location in Wellfleet, has been used for several years.  Now, the CCNS agreed this week to also allow the...

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Mar

03 2017

Truro Beach Cleanup – Join in on March 25

Truro has scheduled the important spring clean-up of Truro Beaches for March 25.  Volunteers are needed to help get the beaches ready for summer fun.  If you are in Town on March 25, please consider joining in.  Show up at...

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Feb

09 2017

PB House Size Cap Amendment Moves Forward – Update

Truro's Planning Board held an informational meeting on January 25 at the Truro Library on the draft zoning bylaw amendment to introduce a house size cap in Truro's Seashore District.   A healthy turnout of 60 people, including half a...

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Feb

06 2017

Truro Police Dept Vision – Focus Groups 2/15 and 16 – All Invited

The Truro Board of Selectmen have extended an open invitation to participate in several focus groups as it develops a vision statement for the Truro Police Department to help guide its future. Building upon the dedication, commitment and excellent services...

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Jan

26 2017

CCC Plan for Outer Cape Bike Trail

After extensive review, discussion and feedback in all Outer Cape towns, the Cape Cod Commission has issued its recommendation on the course of the proposed Bike Trail through the Outer Cape towns. Thanks to those of you who have given...

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Jan

20 2017

Kline Settlement Monies – Comments Requested

The Kline settlement affords a significant windfall in the short run and a sustained infusion of funds over the next 10 years. How should Truro use these funds? The TPRTA Board is considering proposing six different uses for these monies...

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Jan

18 2017

TNRTA Name Changes to Reflect Community

At our 2016 Annual Meeting, members unanimously voted to change the  public name (“d/b/a”)  of our organization, though it’s incorporation name will remain unchanged.  This decision was made to reflect a few things important to the more than 90 attendees.   The term “non-residents”...

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Jan

16 2017

Invitation to Participate on Town Committees

The Town of Truro has just updated its call for  all residents of Truro, both full and part-time, to get involved by joining Town Committees.  Over the years, many part-time residents have made significant contributions of time, vision, and leadership...

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Aug

18 2016

Update on Room Occupancy Tax  (Lodging Tax)

We have informed you in the past of efforts by Truro to improve Town revenues by seeking legislative  approval to collect a tax, variously described as a “room occupancy tax”  or a “lodging tax.” which already applies to hotels and...

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Aug

18 2016

Truro Forum on Protecting the Seashore District

At our Annual Meeting on July 2, members of the Planning Board sought members’ views on a proposed article to limit house size within the CCNS in Truro. Members overwhelmingly supported the idea.   At that time the Selectman in...

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Jun

21 2016

Revised Policy: Private Roads/Public Maintenance in Winter

Truro has amended its Policy Memorandum #17  to reflect a modified policy on emergency snow plowing of private roads in winter. Going forward,  if a true winter emergency exists, the Town will plow private roads on an as-needed basis to...

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Jun

20 2016

Upcoming Zoning Issues for 2016-17

In the coming fiscal year, at least two issues related to zoning will be under consideration by the Planning Board:  an updated and workable new definition of “street” and “street adequacy” that will preserve rural character, protect property owners’ rights,...

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Jun

20 2016

TNRTA 2016 Annual Meeting – July 2, 2016 – Truro Public Library – 10 AM

Our annual members’ meeting is always held on the first Saturday in July – this year, July 2, 2016.  Please come for an informative meeting to hear and discuss with Planning Board Members some key zoning issues facing us,  to...

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Jun

10 2016

Truro Changes Fees at Transfer Station – Effective June 8, 2016

At a Board of Health meeting on June 7, 2016, the Board voted 4-0-1 to increase sticker fees for residential, commercial and visitor use of the Transfer Station.  These changes were effective immediately  (that is, on June 8, 2016). Residential...

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Sep

09 2015

TPRTA Comments on Housing Needs Assessment Report 2015

A Truro Housing Needs Assessment report was submitted to the Truro Housing Authority in August 2015.  This report was presented at the Truro Affordable Housing Summit on October  24, 2015 and is found on the Town website currently.  After making oral...

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Sep

09 2015

TNRTA Comments on Draft Housing Needs Assessment Report

A Draft Housing Needs Assessment report was submitted to the Truro Housing Authority in mid-August.  After making oral comments at the THA meeting on August 18th,  the Committee requested TNRTA’s comments in writing, found here.  The Draft recommends an ambitious and far-reaching 15-20...

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Aug

06 2015

Important Town Discussion- Private Roads/Public Maintenance in Winter

In the gorgeous August weather in Truro, it is hard to remember the 3 feet+ of snow on the ground this past winter. But many hard lessons were learned by the Town and by property owners on private roads about proper...

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Aug

06 2015

TPRTA Members’ Forum Thursday, August 20, 2015 – 5pm

TPRTA Members’ Forum Thursday, August 20, 2015 5:00 P.M. at the Truro Library Join Rae Ann Palmer, Town Administrator to discuss Private Roads/Public Maintenance in Winter Weather Emergencies Non-residents (and snow birds) living on private roads face special challenges during...

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Jun

27 2015

TPRTA Annual Members’ Meeting – July 4, 10 AM, First Congregational Meetinghouse

Our annual members’ meeting is always held on the first Saturday in July – this year, the Fourth of July. Come and join us for an informative meeting to hear and discuss the BoS’s and our perspectives on the State...

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Jun

27 2015

TNRTA Forum and Research

This year, a question arose over the winter about year-round condo use.  Several voters had quickly drafted a proposed article, and the tight schedule allowed just a few weeks for public review. TNRTA was joined by many agencies and individuals...

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Jun

27 2015

TNRTA Annual Members’ Meeting – July 4, 10 AM, First Congregational Meetinghouse

Our annual members' meeting is always held on the first Saturday in July - this year, July 4th.  Come and join us for an informative meeting to hear and discuss the BoS’s and our perspectives on the State of the...

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Jun

27 2015

Truro in FY 2016 – Join the Town Discussion on June 30

Truro yesterday asked TNRTA to pass on the date and time of an important discussion on town goals and priorities so that we can join in having input.  The BoS will hold a town-wide meeting on  Town of Truro FY16...

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Apr

25 2015

Outer Cape Bike Paths Proposed for Public Comment by May 1

The Truro Bike and Walkways Committee has been hard at work this year to engage in the regional discussion with the CCNS, the Cape Cod Commission and similar committees from other Outer Cape towns to develop a proposed master plan for...

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Jan

28 2015

Blizzard 2015 Causes Ballston Beach Breach, little other damage in Truro

The blizzard of 2015, just winding down at the time of this post, has left Truro with much snow, high drifts, but little permanent damage EXCEPT to the Ballston Beach area. The Pamet River barrier dune was again swept away...

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Jan

28 2015

Blizzard 2015 Causes Ballston Beach Breach, little other damage in Truro

The blizzard of 2015, just winding down at the time of this post, has left Truro with much snow, high drifts, but little permanent damage  EXCEPT to the Ballston Beach area. The Pamet River barrier dune was again swept away...

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Dec

22 2014

Truro Fire/Rescue Dept. Searching for New Fire Chief

Anticipating the retirement of current Fire Chief Brian Davis in September 2015, and in light of significant transitions in the department, the Truro BoS voted Tuesday to hire a firm to help it find a new Chief. Based upon previous...

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Dec

22 2014

Truro Fire/Rescue Dept. Searching for New Fire Chief

Anticipating the retirement of current Fire Chief Brian Davis in September 2015, and in light of significant transitions in the department, the Truro BoS voted Tuesday to hire a firm to help it find a new Chief.   Based upon...

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Oct

10 2014

NPS Begins Series of Public Hearings in Truro on Bike & Walkways Master Plan for Outer Cape

NPS just announced a series of three public hearings on an Outer Cape Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan. The first hearing is to be held in Truro on Oct 30 at the Truro Community Center from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. The...

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Oct

10 2014

NPS Begins Series of Public Hearings in Truro on Bike & Walkways Master Plan for Outer Cape

NPS just announced a series of three public hearings on an Outer Cape Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan.  The first hearing is to be held in Truro on Oct 30 at the Truro Community Center from 3:30 to 5:30 PM.  The...

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Jul

27 2014

Truro Seeks Views on Search for Town Administrator

Truro has begun the search for the new Town Administrator and recently sought taxpayers input into the search process and the qualifications needed for the new TA. A link to this confidential TOWN survey is http://www.truro-ma.gov/home/news/town-administrator-survey-sponsored-by-the-town-administrator-search-committee. Please feel free to...

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Jul

27 2014

Discussion of Pilgrim Nuclear Facility

The Wellfleet Non-Resident Taxpayers’ Association and the DownCape DownWinders is hosting a meeting and discussion for the members of the NRTAs of the four Outer Cape towns on the question: Is the Pilgrim Nuclear Facility the Next Fukushima? The meeting...

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Jul

23 2014

Discussion of Pilgrim Nuclear Facility

The Wellfleet Non-Resident Taxpayers¹ Association and the DownCape DownWinders is hosting a meeting and discussion for the members of the NRTAs of the four Outer Cape towns  on the question:  Is the Pilgrim Nuclear Facility the Next Fukushima?  The meeting...

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Jul

23 2014

Truro Seeks Views on Search for Town Administrator

Truro has begun the search for the new Town Administrator and recently sought taxpayers input into the search process and the qualifications needed for the new TA.  A link to this confidential TOWN survey is http://www.truro-ma.gov/home/news/town-administrator-survey-sponsored-by-the-town-administrator-search-committee.   Please feel free to offer...

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Aug

28 2013

NEW FEMA FLOOD MAPS –  “Change of Designation” Deadline ends October 17, 2013

FEMA FLOOD MAPS were re-issued in May, as we previously informed TNRTA Members. (See "May 21: item, below). The comment and appeal period for these preliminary flood zone maps ends OCTOBER 17, 2013.  Anyone living near  tidal waters – on the bayside, oceanside, Pamet,...

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Jul

23 2013

Truro  & CCNS Host Forum on Future of Ballston/Pamet Valley

Two severe winter storms this year altered the Ballston Beach dunescape and are changing the  Pamet Valley ecosystems a result of the dune breach at the Pamet River headwaters.  The future of this fragile, popular beach area is an important topic...

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Jul

09 2013

Open Forum:  Climate Change and Truro’s Waters –  JULY 18  7PM  Truro COA

Dr. Graham Geise,  Director of Coastal Geology, Center for Coastal Studies,  will discuss the impact of climate change on Truro's waterways, including the breach of the Pamet River at Ballston Beach,  erosion control efforts on the bay , the future of East Harbor/Pilgrim Lake, Truro's  ever...

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May

21 2013

Truro’s Ag Survey

Truro's Ag Commission (yes, we have one!)  is asking all TNRTA members - including those who are summer "farmers"  and gardeners - to participate in the attached survey.  Our responses will help the Commission get a full picture of the...

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May

21 2013

Fair Plan Rate Hike – 9.9% Increase Slated for Cape – Public Meeting May 29

The  FAIR PLAN has submitted a request for a rate hike, including a 9.9% increase for the Cape and Islands, slated to go into effect July 1st.   A Public Hearing on this rate request is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29,2013,...

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May

21 2013

New FEMA Flood Zone Maps for Truro

FEMA  recently released updated Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Updated Preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Report for Barnstable County, Massachusetts have been released by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Below is the link to the preliminary maps.  ...

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May

06 2013

Outer Cape Bike Survey –  Cape Cod Commission

Last summer the CCC conducted a survey of bicycle and pedestrian path and use on the Outer Cape, and TNRTA members responded in large numbers. Click here for full results of the 2013 report.  Responses showed a keen interest in...

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May

05 2013

Cape Environmental Summit Statement

A group of 32 environmental organizations ratified a consensus statement concerning water management on the Cape and Islands  (click here to see the statement).  TNRTA supports this statement and encourages all residents of Truro to consider their own ways of...

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May

05 2013

Special Concert/June 15, 2013  for Outer Cape Health/Wellfleet Facility

Many folks in Truro rely on Outer cape Health's facility in Wellfleet for the medical care while in Truro.   For fans of Outer cape health and the great cellist Bernard Greenhouse, a remarkable concert is planned for June 15...

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May

05 2013

Summer Beach/Rec Jobs in Truro

The Town is accepting applications for seasonal positions in the Recreation & Beach Department for the following positions: Beach Attendant/ Clerk; Beach Oceanfront Lifeguard (Lifeguard Certification Required)  and Recreation Summer Children’s Program Counselor.   Applications and job descriptions are available at Town Hall, 24...

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Nov

01 2012

Truro Fares Well During, After Superstorm Sandy

Truro largely got a pass during Superstorm Sandy.  Strong but sub-hurricane winds and minimal rain caused little damage.  Truro PD reported no significant damage to infrastructure or property, and no serious injuries were reported within Truro.  As a cautionary measure,...

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Feb

01 2012

Land Court Upholds ZBA Decision on Truro Adventures’ Commercial Activity

The MA Land Court upheld the Truro ZBA ruling that Truro Adventures' operations were impermissible for residential property.  To quote directly from Judge Piper's decision:   "This decision, which does not prohibit Plaintiffs from renting their property, as is customary in Truro, but which...

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Nov

17 2011

MA Supreme Judicial Court Rejects Kline Appeal; Truro ZBA Must Overturn Building Permit

The SJC  (the highest court in MA) ruled against Truro in the Kline matter, effectively upholding prior Land Court and Appeals Court rulings that Truro Building Inspector had improperly permitted the building of the Kline House, and ordering the ZBA...

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Nov

16 2011

Voters Split Evenly on House Size Regulation; Proposed Article Fails

At a Special All Town meeting held in Truro on November 14th, voters rejected an article put forth by the Planning Board to regulate house size.  Splitting 75-74, the Town voters showed their continuing interest in house size regulation and...

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Nov

16 2011

BoS Unanimously  Accepts Police Chief Resignation; appoints Acting Chief to Full Position

 This evening, the Truro BoS voted 4-0  to accept John Lundborn's resignation from the position of Police Chief,  effective immediately,  and to appoint Kyle Takakjian as Police Chief, pending successful conclusion of contract negotiations.  Mr. Lundborn will receive all that...

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Oct

16 2011

Truro Police Chief Arrested for DUI

On Friday, October 14, newly appointed  Police Chief John Lundborn was placed under arrest by a Truro police officer for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.   While driving a Truro police cruiser off duty,  he was involved in a one-car crash...

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Sep

15 2011

Cape Cod Representatives Call for Insurance Reform

Cape Cod homeowners have been subject to unreasonably high and unwarranted homeowners insurance costs based upon hurricane modeling for the southern coastal regions of the US.  Finally, as a result of hard work of Paula Aschettino and other citizens, and...

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Jun

30 2011

HOLD the DATE:  COASTAL CONSERVATION –  WHAT’S BEST? –  August 16, 2011

                                  TNRTA Members  are invited to hear and chat as experts discuss the science, the options, and the regulations affecting our choices:                                   August 16  7:30 PM                                   More info to follow -  watch this space!

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Jun

30 2011

REMINDER: Annual Membership Meeting

                                Sat, July 2  at 10 AM                                 Truro Community Center                                 See You There!

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Jun

30 2011

Settlement Likely in Kline Land Dispute

 The parties involved in the dispute over the Kline property on Stephens Way are well on their way to concluding a settlement, according to local reporters and the State Appeals Court docket.  The lawsuit alleges that the Kline property received...

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Jun

11 2011

Friends of the CCNS

This year the Seashore celebrates its big five -0.  An important contributor to this great celebration is the Friends of the CCNS  (FCCNS),  who provide much of the fun and program support for CCNS through volunteers and financial contributions, not...

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Jun

08 2011

TRUO PD Notes

Chief Lundborn has asked us to pass on a few requests and some information of interest.  First, house numbering remains an ongoing request.  Please make sure you have house numbers visible and up at your houses.  This aids emergency response...

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Jun

08 2011

FEMA Update

FEMA rescinded the Letter of Final Determination for Barnstable County for the maps that were scheduled to become effective June 16, 2011 due to technical problems with their maps that must be corrected. FEMA expects to reissue in December 2011, with...

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May

26 2011

Climate changes chomp away at Cape, reports Cape Cod Times

A recent analysis by Mark Adams, maps expert for the CCNS, suggest erosion will continue at a fast pace on the Outer Cape -  faster south of Wellfleet -  but even in Truro we should expect more in the coming...

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