Stay virtual or meet in-person?

Windham Ovcials Have Mixed Feelings On How, The Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn.
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May 3—WINDHAM — As more and more people receive the coronavirus vaccine, the town's top boards are considering whether to resume in- person public meetings.

Windham's councils, boards and committees have been holding virtual meetings for over a year because of the coronavirus.

One key step toward local governmental normalcy is Tuesday's town meeting to sell various properties, including the old Kramer middle school site, and decide multiple capital projects.

It will be the first in- person, Town of Windham meeting since COVID19 impacted town operations in March 2020. Attendants must wear masks and remain socially distanced.

Meanwhile, those on the town's top boards had mixed opinions on the prospects of in- person meetings.

Windham First Taxing District Acting President Chuck Pennewill said, unless something significant with the coronavirus changes, his vote would be to hold meetings in person.

" Hopefully things can loosen up, especially during the budget time," Pennewill said. " I believe in eye contact. It's hard to get your point across via the screen."

The Windham First Taxing District Board of Directors is planning to decide the 2021- 22 budget in a town meeting today at 7 p. m. at the North Windham Fire Department.

Attendants will be asked to wear masks and socially distance.

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Hopefully things can loosen up, especially during the budget time. I believe in eye contact. It's hard to get your point across via the screen.

Chuck Pennewill