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March 2015March Town Manager Newsletter - Town Pier, Health Officer, and Community Housing at 4FG http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bc2c42bcb6cc04d8937a4da58&id=737e1e7c5f&e=740e338c46[12/7/2015 4:28:18 PM] This Newsletter is formatted for use on all browsers.View this email in your browser Libby Gibson Town Manager's Newsletter March 2015 Volume 6, Number 3 Town Pier Repair Update While the entire island lost power for over 24 hours due to the flooding and freezing of the National Grid Substation on Candle Street, the greatest damage to Town infrastructure was sustained by the Town Pier and floating docks. The pier and docks were rendered completely unusable and secured from public use. The Town is working actively to completely renovate the pier in time for the summer, however various factors such as continued winter storms, securing a contractor, and mobilizing the contractor are going to take some time. It is the intention of the Town to have the pier and floating docks opened as soon as possible and the efforts of the Marine Department and Town Administration are squarely focused on it. Click here to find out more about the Town Pier and its current status. Click here for a timeline of the efforts to repair our Town Pier. March Town Manager Newsletter - Town Pier, Health Officer, and Community Housing at 4FG http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bc2c42bcb6cc04d8937a4da58&id=737e1e7c5f&e=740e338c46[12/7/2015 4:28:18 PM] Damage to Town Pier March Town Manager Newsletter - Town Pier, Health Officer, and Community Housing at 4FG http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bc2c42bcb6cc04d8937a4da58&id=737e1e7c5f&e=740e338c46[12/7/2015 4:28:18 PM] Town Pier covered in debris two days after Winter Storm Juno Energy Office Update The Energy Office helped the Town of Nantucket to save over $600K in 2013 and 2014 by purchasing its electricity from suppliers other than National Grid. Local businesses and residents have the same options to save $$ now. See the breakdown here Mass Save returns to Nantucket the week of April 13. Sign-up today for free home or business energy assessments and be eligible to receive thousands of dollars worth of free energy saving equipment, such as LEDs, a wifi T-stat, and a heat pump water heater! January 2015 was the second windiest month on record since the installation of the high school March Town Manager Newsletter - Town Pier, Health Officer, and Community Housing at 4FG http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bc2c42bcb6cc04d8937a4da58&id=737e1e7c5f&e=740e338c46[12/7/2015 4:28:18 PM] wind turbine! The NHS wind turbine to date has produced over 800mWh and has generated nearly $200K for the school through avoided electric costs and Class 1 REC sales. See a streetlamp outage? The Town now has an interactive map and online form that makes reporting clear and easy. Click the photo below and take a look at 190+ decorative streetlamps downtown. Review the Energy Office's Quarterly Energy Report presented to the Board of Selectmen on February 4, 2015. 2015 Annual Town Meeting April 6th, 2015 6:00pm Nantucket High School Auditorium - 10 Surfside Rd March Town Manager Newsletter - Town Pier, Health Officer, and Community Housing at 4FG http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bc2c42bcb6cc04d8937a4da58&id=737e1e7c5f&e=740e338c46[12/7/2015 4:28:18 PM] Read the 2015 Annual Town Meeting & Annual Town Election Warrant adopted by the Board of Selectmen on January 1, 2015. Find out more about Town Meeting Traditions and Procedures here A special newsletter will be going out the week before the Annual Town Meeting that will highlight Town sponsored articles and provide further insight into specific articles..stay tuned! Health Officer Update At the Board of Selectmen’s March 4, 2015 meeting, I updated the Board of Selectmen as to our plans to replace long-time Health Officer Richard Ray, who will be retiring at the end of May. The Board did endorse the request for the additional position described in the update. Advertising for the Health Officer position will be begin shortly. Click here to review the update to the Board of Selectmen. Community Housing Initiative Update For several years, the Town has off and on reviewed the feasibility of housing at the 4 Fairgrounds Road site – in between the Public Safety Facility and Ticcoma Way for the last several years. A couple of lots have been transferred to Habitat for Humanity and the Nantucket Housing Authority for use as affordable housing. The Town needs additional seasonal housing as well as longer term rental housing for some of its employees. There is also a need for additional community housing – whether affordable or market rate. In December, ReMain offered to fund the services of an architect to analyze the area and prepare conceptual designs that look at developing the lots for: housing under current zoning; housing under current zoning; housing under the provisions allowed by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B*; and, housing under future zoning changes that would allow for denser occupancy. These concepts are expected to be available for the public to look at by the end of March. Additionally, Housing Nantucket will have the results of a community housing needs survey ready to issue, in early April. From there, the Board of Selectmen is expected to continue discussions as March Town Manager Newsletter - Town Pier, Health Officer, and Community Housing at 4FG http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bc2c42bcb6cc04d8937a4da58&id=737e1e7c5f&e=740e338c46[12/7/2015 4:28:18 PM] to how housing would potentially be developed at the site. *under which at least 10% of the local housing stock must be restricted to households earning 80% or less of area median income. 40B allows a developer to seek exemptions from any local regulations (zoning and more) in order to create affordable housing. The Zoning Board of Appeals is the local permitting authority for 40B developments Harbor Water Quality Update At the request of the Board of Selectmen, Town Administration has been working on a variety of actions meant to improve harbor water quality, both in the short and long-term. We gave the Board an update last month and will continue to update the Board on progress, monthly. Town Manager Weekly Recap March Town Manager Newsletter - Town Pier, Health Officer, and Community Housing at 4FG http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bc2c42bcb6cc04d8937a4da58&id=737e1e7c5f&e=740e338c46[12/7/2015 4:28:18 PM] Watch Town Manager Libby Gibson on Geno TV review what's going on this week in town government. Trivia Questions Question: What is this? February Trivia Q. In what year was the West Jetty constructed? The East Jetty? Bonus Questions: In what year did the citizens of Nantucket petition Congress to dredge a channel through "The Bar"? A. West Jetty begain 1881 and completed in 1884. East Jetty approved work to start 1894. Petition to dredge the The Bar was in 1803. March Town Manager Newsletter - Town Pier, Health Officer, and Community Housing at 4FG http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bc2c42bcb6cc04d8937a4da58&id=737e1e7c5f&e=740e338c46[12/7/2015 4:28:18 PM] Jim Lentowski was the first to respond with all 3 answers January Trivia Q. Women's rights and civil rights activist Lucretia Mott established what college in 1894? A. Swarthmore College Penny Snow, Leslie Forbes, and Jim Lentowski all had the right answer. Town of Nantucket 16 Broad Street Nantucket, MA 02554 P: (508) 228-7255 F: (508) 228-7272 Contact Us! Town of Nantucket Website Newsletter Archives Subscribe to Newsletter Copyright © 2015 Town of Nantucket, All rights reserved. unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences