As if spending all that quality time with those who might live with you isn’t getting better all the time, there’s also that matter of junk piling up around you.
Some good news on that front. The word from Jamie Errickson, Natick deputy town administrator for operations, is that bulky trash pickup by the Department of Public Works could recommence as soon as Aug. 3. The service has been suspended since March 23.
Errickson reported to the Select Board this week that the DPW building could open as soon as Aug. 3, but that date could possibly get bumped a week as logistical issues are worked out. The space is actually a manageable one given that the public generally interfaces with the DPW via one main vestibule and two counters, so visitors can be contained from a safety management perspective. The preference will be for visitors to come in by appointment only.
Natick Town Hall back in action
Natick Town Hall has reopened on an appointment-only basis. This is required per Gov. Baker’s order to keep a log of those coming in and out of such buildings for contact tracing purposes to support public health.
The collector’s office is an exception in that walk-ins are allowed for those paying taxes or other bills, though the town is still encouraging people to handle most transactions online or through drop boxes.
Signage has been added throughout the building to help people follow new rules, and restrooms have been assigned to the public or employees to help with social distancing.
The town could still be at least a couple of months away from opening up meetings, like that of the Select Board, to the public in person. Big challenges include limiting the number of people allowed within spaces (think 1 person per 1,000 sq. ft.) and not wanting to turn the public away from such open meetings.