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This Thursday, the Cape Charles Town Council, Planning Commission, and Historic District Review Board held a joint work session to review the draft Historic District Guidelines, as well as review public comments on the guidelines.
After the meeting was called to order, Planner Katie Nunez announced that she had Covid-19, but that she was also being treated with medication. It appeared to be a surprise announcement. With this news out of the way, Nunez began the slide presentation – Nunez in front at the dais, and everyone else arranged in a square around the room.
The town staff knew the planner was sick, yet somehow failed to alert the community ahead of the meeting. Cape Charles is hardly the Fountain of Youth, more like long in the tooth. The average age had to be 65+, with some in attendance over 80. Nunez read through over 140 slides, and at times, without a mask. The meeting lasted over three hours.
Covid affects vary by person, however, we do know that the most susceptible demographic for dangerous upper respiratory complications is the over 60 group. Why would the town proceed like this, fully understanding the age group of most of its citizens? They just proceeded as normal, pushing the agenda through without any regard for anyone or anything. Why couldn’t someone not infected with Covid read through the slides, or better, just re-schedule the meeting. Why put citizens at risk unneccesariy?
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