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November 11th 2022
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Good evening PPRTA:
 
Well mission accomplished! All Five Sewer Articles Passed!
 
Some time back, in response to periodic surveys of PPRTA membership, you indicated broadband and sewer expansion were items one and two on what is most important to you and what you wanted your Board to push. (The jokes, of course, were constant re #2 and sewer—ha ha).  In turn, your Board repeatedly raised this issue to the Select Board as part of Public Comments.
 
We were not alone in this pursuit. The Town Manager eventually made sewer expansion part of the Town goals. Five articles were presented and passed on Wednesday night at a Special Town Meeting, that together put us all toward full sewer expansion, proper treatment of wastewater, and safe disposal.
 
Huge kudos and enormous applause to DPW Director Jim Vincent and his team along with the Town Manager Alex Morse and his team, whose efforts resulted in what had to have been record time for the Town to vote and pass FIVE articles. The careful planning and crafting of the articles, vetting, public forums, meetings (including presentations to PPRTA members), and just the thoughtful fielding of questions and concerns voiced by the Public, were instrumental in leading to the near unanimous vote on all five articles.
 
PPRTA -- you did your part as well.  Following presentations from the DPW Director and his team several months ago, we asked how we could help. In response we did the following:
  • Issued newsletters with talking points to take to your voting neighbors;
  • Just before the voting date we wrote an op-ed piece published in The Banner;
  • Just before the voting date we ran an ad in The Independent;
  • We requested and received permission to include on page 26 in the “Special Town Meeting Warrant Booklet” (distributed to voters at the time of the vote) an insert articulating PPRTA's position and yes vote recommendations (approved by the Town Moderator); 
  • We requested and received permission to speak at the Town Meeting (approved by the Town Moderator). **
 
As a side note, speaking in the end was not necessary.  The articles were so well presented and explained before, and at, the Town Meeting that debate was unnecessary. Nonetheless, we were permitted to speak and that is very important.  And here we must pause to give a shout out to our Town Moderator, who had the foresight to understand that sewer expansion is such an enormous, yet crucial undertaking for the future of this Town that all voices had to be heard -- including part-timers. We thank her for that.
 
Last, in response to an email from us congratulating Jim Vincent, our DPW Director (and his team) the Director responded as follows
Pat,

Thank you for this.  You and PPRTA have been in support of this sewer expansion from day one. PPRTA members may not be able to vote at town meeting but you are an important part of our community and DPW works for everyone who lives, works and plays in our community.  
 
In the near future, DPW will be holding quarterly update meetings. The purpose of these meetings will be to provide project on the sewer project and all the other projects that we are involved with.  These meetings will also provide us an opportunity to have conversations with our stakeholders so we can better serve our community. We will certainly invite PPRTA to participate in these conversations.
 
We truly appreciate the support you showed for the sewer expansion project and look forward to having you be involved in future infrastructure projects. 

All the best,
 
Jim
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, 

Pat
 
** We thank the many folks who helped us along the way with our messaging; obtaining an insert in the Town Meeting Warrant booklet; and obtaining permission to speak including the DWP Director, the Town Manager, the Assistant Town Manager/acting-Town Clerk/every job at Town Hall, Select Board Member Louise Venden, Candice Nagel and others). 
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About the PPRTA:
The Provincetown Part-Time Resident Taxpayers Association works for the betterment of the whole community of the Town of Provincetown by providing a forum and a voice for the interests of Provincetown part-time resident taxpayers, most of whom must make their voting residence elsewhere.

Goals
  • Maintain and support the unique quality of life that exists in Provincetown.
  • Advocate for representation on budget-related issues for part-time residents of Provincetown. 
  • Provide a forum for part-time resident taxpayers to communicate with local, regional and state governments.
  • Encouraging the participation of part-time residents in all aspects of the community.
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