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Mar 26

BOS Weekly Updates - March 26, 2020

Posted to Board of Selectmen Weekly Update by Tiffany Marletta

BOS Updates – March 26, 2020.

Town Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Staff is still available to help you with your business needs. Please email or call the appropriate department directly for assistance.

Manchester-by-the-Sea Declared a State-of Emergency on Monday, March 23, 2020 due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19. This official declaration will allow essential resources to be expedited when necessary. A critical step to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to protect the health and welfare of the people of Manchester. To read full declaration please visit www.manchester.ma.us.

Parks and Recreation: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and to comply with State and Local guidelines the Board of Selectmen voted to temporarily close all public beaches, all public parks, all athletic fields, all tennis courts and their corresponding parking lots until further notice.

Local Businesses: Please continue to help support our local businesses during this difficult time as you are able. Allen’s Pharmacy will continue to meet the medication and prescription needs of the Town but is asking that residents call ahead for curbside pick-up only.

Exemption Update: Exemption applications can be filed for Seniors, Veterans and Blind individuals, with the Assessor’s Office. Call Town Assessor Ginny Thompson at 978-526-2010 or send email to thompsong@manchester.ma.us to receive an application.

Board of Health Update: This week Manchester had its first confirmed positive case of COVID-19. The BOH is asking that residents continue to focus on increasing personal hygiene, social distancing by staying home and avoiding crowds larger than 10. To learn more about how COVID-19 is impacting Manchester please visit the Town website www.manchester.ma.us. For State and Federal updates please visit Mass.gov and cdc.gov.

Nomination Papers: Nomination papers for Town elected positions are due at the end of the month.  Originals can be mailed to the Town Clerk or call to schedule a curbside drop off.

Trash, Recycling, Compost: Regular schedule

Follow Us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @townofmbts and visit the Town website www.Manchester.ma.us to stay informed.




Mar 26

From the Town Administrator's Desk - March 26, 2020

Posted to From the Town Administrator's Desk by Tiffany Marletta

COVID 19 Responses Ramp up

By Gregory T. Federspiel

The situation with the novel coronavirus continues to evolve.  So, too, does the Town’s response.  The developments are very fluid and require daily monitoring and decision making.  Fortunately, we have a good team in place to help us all through this crisis.  Our public safety personnel in particular are taking a strong leadership role here.

As I write this, we have our first confirmed COVID 19 infection in Manchester.  The individual is so far doing fairly well and is quarantined at home.  Hopefully recovery continues without incident.  We will likely have more cases in the days and weeks ahead.  A local infection puts an exclamation point on the critical need for social distancing and strong personnel hygiene practices. 

Getting outside for some needed R&R or exercise is probably even more important during these stressful times. However, to help prevent people congregating in groups the Selectmen made the difficult decision to close the beaches and parks in Town. Despite the strong recommendations to avoid gatherings, the town parks and beaches were very crowded last weekend with many large groups of people interacting at close distances.  Such activity is a prime way for the virus to spread and, at this critical time of trying to prevent the rapid escalation of infections, is extremely critical to avoid.

While Town Hall remans closed to the public all municipal departments remain in operation.  Residents are encouraged to email or call the department they need to access.  We are working to put as much information on-line as we can and will continue to provide updates through various mediums.  We are now conducting public meetings virtually through the StartMeeting platform.  Each upcoming meeting agenda, which is posted on-line, will have the log or call in information (you can access the meetings via your computer or your phone.)  Our first meeting using this new platform had some 50 “attendees”! 

Daily we receive new updates from the state and federal government. (You, too can access the state’s Department of Public Health website and well as the CDC’s site.) The Selectmen have declared a local emergency in concert with the state’s declaration.  We have opened a local emergency operations command center within our police station to serve as a central clearing house of information for all staff and, when appropriate for the public.  Special thanks to Police Chief Todd Fitzgerald and recently promoted Lieutenant Mark McCoy for getting this operational. We have gone to a revised schedule for many departments where-by half the staff remains working at home one week with the other half on-site and then swapping the next week.  We hope to maintain a healthy crew at all times using this approach.

As you may know, the Annual Town Meeting is postponed. We will be setting a date for the meeting later.  New legislation has just been adopted at the state level to allow local elections to be postponed as well.  The Selectmen will take up this postponement at their next meeting currently scheduled for March 30th (via the virtual platform.

It is an understatement to say that these are unusual times.  We will continue to keep you up to date through various communication channels.  Again, please be vigilant in adhering to the strategies we all must take to fight this virus and prevent it from being even more widespread and disruptive than it already is.  By curtailing (yes, sacrificing!) our normal activities now we will hopefully usher back sooner life as we want it to be. 

Please don not hesitate to reach out with concerns or questions and stay healthy!






Jun 17

MPC Update - June 2019

Posted to Manchester Master Plan News by Christina St. Pierre

Master Plan Update , June 2019

Manchester’s master planning efforts have spanned four years culminating in Planning Board approval of the Plan as submitted by the Master Plan Committee with minor text and organizational edits.  Since that approval in February, a Planning Board Subcommittee has been working with the Town Planner to finalize the Plan’s text and will next work on formatting the Plan for publication and developing a Master Plan Summary to be widely distributed. 

As the Plan is being finalized, implementation of the Plan’s recommendations have begun with several important initiatives.

  • The Planning Board has secured the services of land use attorney Mark Bobrowski to work with the Planning and Zoning Boards, the Zoning Enforcement Officer and others to re-codify and update the Town’s Zoning Bylaw to guide change in line with the Town’s Vision. For more information see (http://manchester.ma.us/703/Zoning-Recodification)
  • Representatives of various municipal boards and committees are meeting to discuss the potential for Smart Growth Overlay Districts in town as a tool to support a greater diversity of housing options.
  • The Town has applied for technical assistance and/or funding for a Parking Study, a Limited Commercial Strategic Plan and a Downtown Strategic Plan which can be accessed on the Town’s Website: https://www.manchester.ma.us/702/Grant-Applications-Awards
  • The Town is working with a consultant to study and identify opportunities for shared services with the Town of Essex.  The report is expected to be finalized by July.
  • The Town is working with MassHousing Partnership to assess the feasibility of a mix of market rate and affordable housing on the current DPW site. 
  • The Town is evaluating opportunities for a Harbor Master’s Office and Public Restrooms at Reed Park and Masconomo Park.


As part of the implementation process, the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board will be developing a communications strategy for updating residents on initiatives on a regular basis.  The goal is to provide a comprehensive list of the Plan’s Recommendations with a continually updated status.