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Truro MA, 02666

TPRTA 2019 Annual Meeting Notes |Walsh, Energy, Sharks & More

More than 70 people turned out on July 6, 2019 for a lively and interesting meeting which covered plans for the Walsh Property, solarizing our homes for energy efficiency, and sharks, among other topics.

Jan Worthington, new Chair of the Select Board, discussed the Walsh property purchase and initial community views on use, and heard from participants. She cinfirmed that the primary suggestions for the porperty were for open spacvce, recreational space and “housing that is affordable” for Truro residents. She also noted some fun options proposed so far – such as a community swimming pool.

Dan Schell of Cape Light Compact offered timely information on programs and initiatives open to Truro property owners on renewable energy and energy audits. Cape Light Compact is a local power supplier and primary energy efficiency provider. Its power supply is 100% renewable and is administered by CLC staff located on Cape. CLC offers six month terms, with no cancellation fee and its rates are often lower than Eversource’s basic rate. CLC also administers the Mass Save Energy Efficiency program for Truro residents which offers no-cost Home Energy Assessments, rebates and incentives for energy efficient upgrades. Visit the link above for more info or call 1-800-797-6699 for Energy Efficiency questions or 1-800-381-9192 for Power Supply questions.

Ms. Worthington then returned to the podium to answer questions that participants submitted in writing and which TPRTA organized into major topics so all important issues could be covered in a limited time. While the Q&A focused on the Walsh Property, Ms Worthington was made aware of other topics that arose such as cell towers, RTE, erosion, beach safety and more.

She confirmed that part-timers will be involved in the Committee that will lead the process to develop a plan for using the Walsh property. More than half a dozen members volunteered for this committee, though the process of selection remains to be formalized.

All questions and volunteer offers will be sent to Ms Worthington and the Selectboard over the summer. If you have questions, please send them to tprta@tprta.org.

Sharks were a hot topic in the business portion of the meeting – and many questions were brought up that are beyond our knowledge. So members asked the TPRTA Board to organize a SHARK FORUM for August 2019 or the summer of 2020, depending on availability of relevant experts and speakers. The Board is on it. Watch this space!