Town Efforts to Protect Nantucket's Character and Environment
Community Design Guideline Charrette
The Town of Nantucket Community Design Guideline Charrette will take place on November 14 via Zoom Webinar.
The Resilient Nantucket Community Design Guideline Charrette hosted by the Town of Nantucket, is the second of four community forums addressing the topic of sea level rise and erosion impacts on the National Historic Landmark island of Nantucket.
Historic Preservation is most successful when the community is engaged, thus this is an opportunity for the community of Nantucket to not only learn about the process and the direction of the guidelines, but also inform the Town of Nantucket officials, HDC, and other decision-making bodies about what adaptation solutions best reflect Nantucket’s community values.
Last Friday, November 6, members of the Historic District Commission, Historical Commission, Town Staff, and fellow island preservationists, participated in the National Alliance of Preservation Commission's CAMP - "Commission Assistance & Mentoring Program." Today was the first part of a two-day training event, which was unanimously supported by the NP&EDC. The Town's preservation planner, Holly Backus has been working behind the scenes with NAPC to bring this important educational experience to Nantucket, prior to the pandemic.
Update on Sewer Projects for 2020-2021
Capacity Management Operations and Maintenance (CMOM)
The Capacity Management Operations and Maintenance (CMOM) repair replacement project is underway as a continuation of the Year 1 closed circuit television (CCTV) inspection work. The work will take place across the island using the multiple techniques listed below. Many of these projects will require traffic control with limited times when the roadways will closed in full. All roads will be reopened every night. The schedule is fluid and weather dependent, and every effort will be made to notify residents when work is scheduled. The construction period will be 3-4-years. Pictures and videos will be posted in the Sewer Department’s projects webpage on the Town’s website.
- Complete replacements - All 6” sewer mains are being replaced to accommodate future capacities by installing replacements with 8” or 10” PVC-SDR.
- Point Repairs - Mains that are in overall good shape but with specific defects are being repaired.
- Cured-in-Place-Pipe (CIPP) – This pipe repair method is the most popular used in the U.S. for sanitary sewer and storm sewer repairs. This is new technology for Nantucket which will reduce costs. During the lining process there will be odors when the piping is being cured, but it is temporary and subsides very quickly. We will be performing door to door notification to residents when this type of work is scheduled. This process requires no excavation or paving unless a new manhole is needed.
- The Chamber’s annual celebration of Stroll will be different this year with a more local focus. And, the DPW crews will once again install the trees on Main Street and around the downtown. The lighting of the big tree at the Pacific National Bank will be a virtual experience, broadcast on NCTV18 at 4:30 pm on Friday, November 27. Main Street will NOT be closed and residents are encouraged to light their own trees at home at the same time the big tree’s lighting is broadcast. Stay safe this holiday season!
News from the Natural Resources Department
Sesachacha and Hummock Ponds Openings
Bi-annual pond openings represent a hydraulic management technique and facilitate dilution of high-nutrient pond waters with low-nutrient ocean waters. In addition to flushing of the pond, openings also allow access for anadromous fish (fish that spend most of their lives in saltwater and return to freshwater to spawn).
Hummock Pond is opened to the ocean twice per year, spring and fall, with varied timing and duration over the years. In general, openings last one to three weeks, lower the pond by about half its volume, and refill it to about the 75% mark. The remaining 25% of pond volume is refilled more gradually by groundwater and direct precipitation, with refill requiring at least a month, longer during dry periods. There is variation in the duration of opening and change in pond volume, and the impact varies along a gradient from ocean to inland.
Sesachacha was opened on October 7 and closed within one day due to low water levels. Hummock was opened on October 9 and closed on October 13. Water quality samples were taken before opening and one week after closing (currently processing water quality data). Water quality sampling has finished for the season and will restart in spring with pond openings.
Harmful Algal Blooms Monitoring Program
Harmful Algal Blooms Monitoring Program extended into November as blooms have been persistent with continued warmer weather. Monitoring is typically performed once a week from June through September.
Thank You to Our Interns for Another Amazing Season!
Although it was a different field season we got everything done we needed to pretty seamlessly We had a great group of interns this year so we want to thank them all for being so flexible and hard working! Thank you Meaghan Dunn, Alexandra Fink, Griffin Hawkins, Emily Wittaker, and David Berry!
In Preparation of Veteran's Day
Veteran’s Day is November 11, 2020. Used United States Flags are traditionally properly disposed of annually on this day. Locally our Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) chapter handles this activity. Used flags are accepted at four different locations:
- Recycling Center Drop-Off
- Nantucket Public Safety Facility/Fire Department
- Nantucket VFW
- American Legion
Winter Tips from the Fire Department
Saltmarsh Senior Center News
- All fitness classes are available via Zoom, collaborating with three senior websites to offer on line tours, programs, classes, activities and discussion groups.
- Saltmarsh Senior Center drive-thru continues in November with a cup-o-soup and a biscuit.
- Contact Laura Stewart at 508-228-4490 or firstname.lastname@example.org for question on Saltmarsh Senior Center activities calendar.