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Jul 03

BOS Weekly Updates - July 3, 2020

Posted to Board of Selectmen Weekly Update by Tiffany Marletta

BOS Updates – July 3, 2020.

The Board of Selectmen would like to wish the Manchester community a safe and happy 4th of July Holiday.

Fire Chief Update: New Manchester-by-the-Sea Fire Chief, Jason Cleary, will be officially sworn in on Thursday, July 2 at 11:30 a.m. This event will be live streamed and saved on Facebook at @TownofMBTSOfficial.

Fireworks Reminder from the MBTS Fire Department: Many professional displays have been cancelled or postponed this year due to the pandemic including here in MBTS. Fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts and throughout the Commonwealth, the number of reports of illegal fireworks has skyrocketed over the past several weeks, and there have been several house fires caused by illegal fireworks.

Manchester’s July 4th at Home: In lieu of the traditional July 4th Parade this year, the Town hosted a patriotic home decorating contest. MBTS residents will be provided with a list of homes participating and are encouraged to join the fun and drive by on July 4th from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Town Hall will officially reopen to the public on July 6, 2020. Prior to July 6, please email the appropriate department directly to schedule a time to come in to conduct business. Board and committee meetings will continue to be conducted virtually.

Unclaimed Funds: Pursuant to Mass General Law 200A, Jennifer Yaskell, Treasurer for the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, hereby serves notices of names of persons or vendors appearing to be owners of funds held by the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA and deemed abandoned. Please visit to see the list and make a claim.

Phase 3 of Reopening MBTS Parks and Beaches: MBTS Beaches are open 7 days a week to residents only. Staffed from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. by Parks and Recreation and/or Manchester Police Department. Walk-on passes must be visible on every resident between 12 and 65 years old for admittance. A face covering is required when entering and exiting the beach ramp. Parking lot is open to residents only with 2020 Beach Stickers. Please see the Town website to read the complete rule and guidelines.

Town Hall Payment Drop Box: Installed at the rear of Town Hall by the Police Station Blue Door and monitored by a security camera. Please use this convenient box to drop payments off for any Town Bills. Please No Cash!

Trash, Recycling, Compost: Regular trash/recycling collection schedule. Transfer station will be closed on July 4th.

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

Jul 03

From the Town Administrator's Desk - July 3, 2020

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

Welcoming Fire Chief Cleary to Manchester

By Gregory T. Federspiel

We welcome Fire Chief Jason Cleary to Town this week.  A formal swearing in ceremony takes place Thursday, July 2 at 11:30 at the Fire Station.  The event will be streamed live on the Town’s Facebook page.

Chief Cleary comes to us from Durham, NH where he served as Assistant Fire Chief.  He is a paramedic and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program sponsored by the National Fire Academy, the premier program for the fire professional executive.  His background includes serving as a fire instructor, a call firefighter as well as a police officer.  He received high praise from his colleagues and former supervisors.  His past work includes working with multiple public safety agencies forging new collaborative efforts – experiences that will be useful as we look toward greater regional sharing.  And his extensive experience in training and building a leadership team from within will enable us to enhance further the professionalism of our department, including new leadership training for future in-house promotions. 

He has begun the process of purchasing a home in the area and will be relocating in the coming months. 

Choosing a new Chief encompasses many factors.  The search process solicited a good number of applicants, locally as well as from further afield.  Each applicant brings a unique set of skills and experiences.  It is always a challenge to decide who is best suited to lead a department and the search committee was pleased to receive a talented field of applicants.  But in the end only one person can get the nod.  Weighing all the factors, including experience, formal and informal training, personality and career goals with an eye toward stability for the department, we believe Chief Cleary to be our best choice. 

As we move into this next chapter of leadership for the Fire and Rescue Department, many important challenges lay ahead.  Obviously, continuing to deal with the pandemic and all that entails, particularly for the ambulance service, remains.  Continuing the upgrades to our public safety communications systems (radios and dispatch), ensuring the readiness of our equipment and infrastructure to deal with fires and other emergencies and, most importantly, making sure sufficient staffing is in place to respond to medical, fire and other emergencies will require strong leadership from our new Chief. 

We were fortunate to have the services of Interim Chief Al Beardsley.  This was the second time Al was able to step in to assist us while we took the time to assess our needs and undertake a search process for a successor.  Al once again brought a steady hand in managing the department – candidly if Al was not past the mandatory retirement age, we would have been very happy to keep him with us!

Chief Cleary and Chief Beardsley have similar attributes. They are both engaging and approachable, quite skilled in the technical aspects of fire and rescue and have a real passion for their chosen profession.  After a week overlap Chief Cleary will be well positioned to take the department forward.  Please join me in welcoming our new Fire Chief to Manchester. 

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 (
  • 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:
  • 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.