Home Town Government Board of Selectmen BOS Weekly Update: Jan. 23

BOS Weekly Update: Jan. 23

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Last Sunday’s House Fire: Our hearts go out to the Wood family as they begin the difficult process of starting over after losing everything to a terrible house fire. Our public safety personnel as well as staff from neighboring communities battled very challenging conditions.  While the one house was a total loss, the crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other properties, a herculean task given the high winds. Their valiant efforts are sincerely appreciated.  Also appreciated is the outpouring of community support for the family – a testament to the generosity of so many of our residents.

Exploring Shared services with Essex:  A public forum to formally kick-off a study of options for greater collaboration between Manchester and Essex is scheduled for Thursday, January 31 beginning at 7 p.m. at Essex Town Hall.  An overview of the study will be presented.  Staff and residents will be provided an opportunity to share ideas with the consultants who have been hired from UMass Boston’s Collin’s Center to help us with the exploration of ideas.

Budget Development:  Work continues on the review of the preliminary town and school budgets for fiscal 2020 which will be voted on at the Annual Town Meeting in April. The School District hosts a final public hearing on their proposed budget January 29.  The deadline for citizen petition articles is January 30.  Additional details can be found on the Town and District web sites.

Managing your Trash! A new flyer providing the details of how to handle the proper disposal of your solid waste was mailed to all households. If you did not receive your copy or would like another one please contact the DPW Office.  Instructions on recycling, new procedures for disposing of bulking items, holiday pick-up schedules for the new year and more is all provided in the flyer.  We need your help in maintaining uncontaminated recyclable materials and request your adherence to the printed instructions!

Selectmen’s Meeting Schedule: Our next regular meeting is scheduled for February 4.  Meetings between now and the fourth are dedicated to budget meetings and the shared services study.

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