Bourne Town Hall will close at noon next Tuesday, July 29.
That was the decision of the Bourne Board of Selectmen at their meeting Tuesday night. July 22.
In agreement with Bourne town administrator Thomas M. Guerino, the board chose to have all non-essential municipal employees finish the workday at noon that day.
Tuesday is the official start of the Cape Cod Canal Centennial Celebration, and the town expects a large crowd of people to descend on Buzzards Bay for that night’s celebratory fireworks show. In addition to pyrotechnics set off from a barge in Buzzards Bay, there will also be fireworks cascading from the railroad bridge.
Mr. Guerino pointed out that town hall, the Jonathan Bourne Public Library, and the Bourne Veterans Memorial Community Center are designated parking lots for people driving to see the show. The library’s board of trustees had already voted to end operations early on the 29th “because of the activities that are going to be going on,” Mr. Guerino said. He also said that all operations at the community building, including the Bourne Council of Aging, have been canceled for the day on the 29th, and no meetings have been scheduled for that evening.
Mr. Guerino suggested that the decision to close town hall early not create a “past practice,” or a customary way of approaching such situations as next Tuesday’s festivities. He added that all other departments scheduled to work that day—police and fire for instance—not be granted any additional time off, for public safety reasons.
Selectmen unanimously approved the motion to close town hall at noon on Tuesday.