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September in Town From the Desk of Town Manager Libby Gibson.

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!

Aerial view of Children's Beach and Downtown Nantucket

Town Employees at the Suffolk University's Moakley Center for Public Management

Last spring, our Operations Administrator, Erika Mooney, along with Finance Department employees Financial Analyst Alexandria Penta and Assistant Procurement Office Rebecca Woodley-Oliver were accepted into a Suffolk University – Massachusetts Municipal Association program for a Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management. The program takes place on Fridays, for 26 weeks, it started on Friday, September 6. The program has had several graduating classes across the state – this class is in Barnstable. We, and they, are excited about this great opportunity!

The certificate is presented by the Massachusetts Municipal Association in partnership with Suffolk University’s Moakley Center for Public Management; graduates of the program will earn a Certificate in Local Government Leadership & Management's degree from Suffolk. Students who wish to pursue a Master in Public Administration from Suffolk University will earn up to 12 graduate credit wavers through the program.

The program consists of 5 graduate-level courses, including Budgeting & Financial Management, Contemporary Legal Challenges for Municipal Law, Challenges in Human Resources Management, Strategic Leadership, and Administrative Strategies of Local Government. These will be taught over 10 months, every Friday, at Barnstable Town Hall.

There are about 30 students from towns and cities across the Commonwealth, all who hold various different positions with different levels of expertise, who will be in class together, learning to take the skills and theories about public management presented in class and apply them to real world practice, with the ultimate goal of becoming better public officials and leaders.

From left to right: Operations Administrator Erika Mooney, Financial Analyst Alexandria Penta and Assistant Procurement Officer Rebecca Woodley-Oliver.

We asked them how they feel about this great opportunity. Here is what they said:

Erika Mooney

After being out of school for 23 years, I was nervous but excited to start the MMA/Suffolk Certificate Program. Friday, Sept. 6 was our first day, and I am really looking forward to the classes. Right now we are taking “Administrative Strategies of Local Government” and “Contemporary Legal Challenges for Local Government.” Both seem like they will be stimulating, thought-provoking courses in which we get to explore and learn about other issues and challenges of municipalities around the Commonwealth, including the Cape and Islands, and work in teams with people from different communities. I’m grateful I am able to participate in the Certificate Program and hope to bring what I learn into may daily work!

Rebecca Woodley-Oliver

I am very excited about the opportunity to participate in the certificate program; it is going to be challenging, yet also fun and rewarding. I look forward to learning from my classmates and their wealth of varying knowledge about municipal work, as well as from the excellent group of professors we will be working with. We all wear many hats as municipal employees, so it will be wonderful to expand my knowledge and skills in various topics that I haven’t had as much experience in yet. I have always loved education and school and I am so thankful to work for a Town that encourages and values continual learning and development in our careers. I always dreamed of working in government and it is so wonderful to be able to live and work in my hometown and I am thrilled to be participating in this program so that I can continue to serve my community to the best of my abilities.

A Reminder from the Health Department

Although summer is almost gone, temperatures still need to drop before mosquitoes are gone. Remember to follow these steps to avoid EEE, a rare but deadly disease caused by a virus that is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Secured Drop-Box Installed at the Police Department

The Nantucket Police Department is pleased to announce that a secured drop-box for expired and unwanted medication has been installed in the front lobby of the police station. The goal of the prescription drop-box program is to promote the safe disposal of prescription medications to prevent misuse and ensure these items stay out of our water system.

The drop-box will allow any body to safely, easily, and anonymously dispose of unwanted and expired prescription drugs 24/7. Simply drop your medications into the collection box to the right of the information window in the lobby. There is no paperwork to fill out.

Leave the medications in their original containers or place solid medicines into a sealed plastic bag. To ensure your privacy, we suggest residents black out or remove any personal information on their prescription containers before dropping them in the collection box.

Accepted Items:

  • Unused or expired medication
  • Unused or expired over the counter medication
  • Pet medication

Non-Accepted Items:

  • Illegal drugs
  • Needles/sharps
  • Non-pharmaceutical Items (i.e. batteries, thermometers, blood sugar test kits)

Keeping Nantucket Clean!

You can also join the Clean Team this weekend!

The Clean Team meets on Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 am on Milestone Road and Nobadeer Farm Road, and in town at the Handlebar Café.

Public Works Waste Summit Sessions

Please join us for the Solid Waste Summit follow-up sessions, which will focus on each of the Waste Summit topics in more depth. The next info session will be about the Compost Program & Waste Management Technologies on September 26, 2019 at 6 PM in the PSF Community Room.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Hazardous Waste Collection- October 17 from 6 pm to 8 pm in the PSF Training Room at 4 Fairgrounds Road
  • Construction Site, Roadside, and Coastal Litter- November 14 from 6 pm to 8 pm in the PSF Training Room at 4 Fairgrounds Road
  • Waste Streams and Waste Summit Summary- December 12 from 6 pm to 8 pm in the PSF Community Room at 4 Fairgrounds Road

Nantucket Network of Care

With the assistance of a grant through the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Community Health Initiative Program awarded in FY2019, the Human Service Department teamed up with Network of Care/Trilogy to develop an online, interactive Nantucket community specific directory of providers in Nantucket that address human service needs.

This site works to improve communications in the health and social service field at a community level and provide the most relevant information in one place for individuals or families to make the most informed decisions regarding their lives. To have information on senior services, housing, child care providers, behavior and mental health services, alternative medicines, medical providers and more all in one area to search will helpfully ease some of the hurdles often expressed when trying to navigate what’s available in the community and systems of care. The site also provides a location for public health data specific to Nantucket.

News from the Natural Resources Department

Coastal Resilience Advisory Committee

The Coastal Resilience Advisory Committee (CRAC) has had its first few meetings. Mary Longacre has been elected the chair and the committee has established a public meeting schedule of the first and third Tuesday of the month at 12.00 PM for two hours. Meetings will be held at the Public Safety Facility training room on the second floor, 4 Fairgrounds. All are welcome. The CRAC is working with the Coastal Resilience Coordinator, Vincent Murphy, in the development, oversight and implementation of a Coastal Resilience Plan for the island.

Water Resource Specialist Thaïs Fournier Presents Pond Management Principles to Select Board

The Draft Pond Management Principles were previously presented to the public in 2018. This document addresses long-term and short-term management goals for our Great Ponds in order to preserve and conserve our natural pond habitats.

Water Resource Specialist Thaïs Fournier has also been working in the Polpis Harbor area, where she deployed two multiparameter sondes in Polpis Harbor and the Head of Harbor (HOH) to monitor water quality over the summer months. These sondes are used to monitor water quality and have an array of sensors that measure water quality parameters including chlorophyll, pH, salinity, turbidity, temperature, depth, and dissolved oxygen. The data collected will be used to determine water quality in these two areas of Nantucket Harbor as well as determine if our oysters located in the HOH are improving water quality in that area.

Polpis Harbor

Coastal Resilience Coordinator Vincent Murphy is now an American Citizen. Congratulations!

On September 4, Vincent Murphy was sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America at a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy presidential library and museum in Boston. Vince works in the Natural Resources Department and is now officially a proud Irish-American.

Coastal Resilience Coordinator Vincent Murphy during the swearing-in ceremony.
Saltmarsh Senior Center deck.

Saltmarsh Senior Center

Past events

  • Crafting Club has been busy with Annie's Kindness Blankets and Beachcomber Wreaths!
  • If you missed it, you can tune NCTV to watch Cindy Sullivan’s Fitness Class. Monday through Wednesday at 10 am at Channel 18.
  • We had an amazing Tuscan Soup class and a great Old West Dinner with Tom Goux singing. Thanks Bar Yoshi for sponsoring this great event!

Upcoming events

  • Beading is back for the winter with Kathy Richen. Thursday, September 19 at 1:30 PM. $3.00 fee for supplies.
  • Elder Law presentation: “Getting the Help You Need to stay Independent” with attorney, Arthur Bergeron. Thursday, September 26 at 3:00 PM.
  • Fall Vegetable Soup class. Thursday, October 10 at 1:30. Registration required 508-228-4490. $5.00 fee for supplies.
  • Vaudeville Songs with Paul Connors. Thursday, October 17 at 1:30 PM.
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