What's up in Town Administration?
Another summer coming to an end. Some say September is Nantucket’s finest month! Needless to say, in Town Admin we have a lot going on. Some highlights:
Rachel Day is the new Assistant Town Manager for Administration
On Monday, September 9th, Rachel Day formally became the Town’s second Assistant Town Manager. This is a position we have been discussing for a couple of years. It was recommended in the 2018 Staffing Study because of the volume of Town Administration and Select Board activity. Gregg Tivnan is now the Assistant Town Manager for Strategic Projects and Rachel is the Assistant Town Manager for Administration. She was one of 36 candidates who applied for the position. Rachel has been working for the Town since 2004 in various positions with the Senior Center, Our Island Home and Human Services. She will be a terrific asset to our team and will continue to oversee Our Island Home, Senior Center and Human Services projects.
2020 Single Use Plastics Ban
The Town of Nantucket wants to invite you to an information session on the implementation of the Single-Use Plastics bylaw TODAY!, September 19, 2019 at 6 PM in the Public Safety Facility Community Room, 4 Fairgrounds Road.
On June 1, 2020, pursuant to a Special Town Meeting vote in October 2018, the following single-use plastics will be banned from commercial sale and distribution on the Island:
- Straws and drink stirrers
- Six-pack can and bottle flexible yokes
- Drinking cups and lids
- Non-compostable plates and eating utensils
- Drinking water* in bottles of 1 liter or less (*Plain, unflavored, non-carbonated drinking water)
- Non-recyclable coffee pods
2020 Annual Town Meeting
We are in the process of overhauling our “Guide to Preparing a Citizen Warrant Article”. Stay tuned for it to appear in the October E-newsletter. Meanwhile, the 2020 Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 4. More information will be forthcoming in E-newsletters this fall. We are starting to compile a list of potential Select Board-sponsored articles for the Board’s review in October.
FY 2021 Budget & Capital Projects
We have begun preparing to develop our recommendations for the FY 21 Town budget, beginning with a Preliminary Projections Review with the Board at its September 18 meeting. The Capital Program Committee – Chapter 11 in Town Code has already begun meeting with departments about FY 21 Capital Project Requests. This group has a robust review process. Their meetings are public – the schedule will be posted on the Town website.
Select Board Strategic Plan
Over the summer the Board held two retreats to consider updates and/or changes to the Strategic Plan it adopted in 2018. At the Board’s meeting on September 11, 2019, an updated Select Board Strategic Plan was adopted by the Board. In summary, two additional Focus Areas were added to the existing three: Efficient Town Operations and Quality of Life (existing three = Housing, Transportation, Environmental Leadership) with associated Goals and/or Aspirational Statements; and, some modifications were made to the Goals of the three existing Focus Areas. Town Administration will update the Board quarterly as to progress on implementation.
Active Killer Training
As a result of recent increases in workplace violence around the country, the Police Department is working with all Town departments to train employees in what to do in the event of an incident. The training is an established nationally recognized program called “Active Killer” (previously known as “Active Shooter”). Each municipal building will have its own protocol and security measures.
Community Wildfire Protection Plan
On September 13th, I attended a meeting with Fire Chief Stephen Murphy, Holly Backus from PLUS, Eric Savetsky from Nantucket Land Bank and representatives from the state Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) to discuss a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) for the Town.
Town Manager Libby Gibson and Fire Chief Stephen Murphy at the Community Wildlife Protection Plan meeting.
This is an initiative that has been under discussion for some time – DCR has offered to fund a consultant to prepare the Plan, with island stakeholder input over the fall and winter, with a final plan to be ready by June 30, 2020. More in the coming weeks and months on this – further information on the guidelines by which we will develop a CWPP may be found here.
Paid Parking Program
On Friday, September 13th, Police Chief Bill Pittman, Assistant Town Manager Gregg Tivnan, and Director of Culture and Tourism Janet Schulte traveled to Barnstable to meet with Assistant Director of Planning Liz Hartsgrove and Parking Manager Mona Solomote to learn about their paid parking program.
Visitor Services and "Park Happy" Barnstable offices.
The meeting covered topics ranging from the placement of parking kiosks and signage to the best software for tracking and reporting, enforcement and the town’s efforts to inform motorists about the parking program. Parking in Barnstable’s paid parking lots located near the Hy-line Ferry has a special program designed to educate the public about paying for parking to help avoid tickets and mistakes. In addition to being greeted by one of the Town’s “Gateway Greeters,” those who park in one of the spaces associated with Barnstable’s “Park Happy” program are given written information describing how to access the Parking App to pay for parking at the Town’s parking kiosks. The program also provides games and activities to engage visitors with the Gateway Greeters and encourage them to learn more about Bismore Park which is adjacent to the parking on Ocean Street. (two flyers). Those who successfully complete the scavenger hunt receive a “Park Happy” bracelet.
Government Finance Officers Association Awards the Town of Nantucket with Fifth Consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
A Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Town of Nantucket by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its FY18 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s) or department designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
This is the fifth consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award that the Town of Nantucket receives. Congratulations to the Finance Department and Municipal Finance Director Brian Turbitt for their hard work!