It’s been about eighteen months since I posted to this blog. Turns out that there wasn’t enough time to meet the TA responsibilities and continue regular posts to this blog. There was no shortage of subjects I wish I had done posts about; just no time to write them.
Anyway, after three and one-half years, I retired on June 30, 2016, so there will be no more posts by me as TA. Serving as town administrator has been challenging but the opportunity to make a contribution has been a gift. I’d like to thank all of you who showed patience while I figured out the job, who supported what I was trying to do, or otherwise extended courtesy or support.
I’ve reached the point where my obligations to my family made it difficult meet both family and professional obligations, and it was time that the family obligations prevailed.
Thanks to all.
As I am sure everyone knows, the snow has already started falling on what is forecast to be a storm of historic severity. How to prepare for storms like this one is not a mystery for those of us who have lived in New England a long time, but I am still going to add my voice to others urging caution and preparation. We have posted storm information for Wellfleet residents on the Town News section of our Town’s web site and will continue to do so as additional information becomes available.
Stay warm and stay safe.
Last Friday, December 5th, I submitted the first draft of Wellfleet’s fiscal 2016 budget. Wellfleet’s fiscal year ends on June 30th, so this budget covers the period beginning on July 1, 2015, continuing to June 30, 2016. The budget consists of several documents. A link to all of them can be found in the “Reports and Documents” section of the Town’s web site. The documents include the budgets themselves: operating, capital, marina and water. There are also four memoranda discussing issues including revenue estimates, budget changes from last year and an overview.
This budget is only a starting point. Over the next three months it will be reviewed by the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee and modified in response to those reviews. The first steps in this process are an initial presentation to the Selectmen at next Tuesday’s selectmen’s meeting and a review of the five largest budgets at a joint meeting of the selectmen and finance committee on the 16 of December.
Thanks to all of you who came to last night’s special town meeting. It was a short, but necessary, meeting. The meeting reduced the amount to be collected through real estate taxes by $416,066. We now estimate that the tax rate for this fiscal year will be $6.74 per thousand, an increase of four cents over last year’s rate of $6.70. That’s an increase of less than one percent. On the median single family home in Wellfleet the increase is estimated to be less than $20.
I just finished creating an archive for Board of Selectmen meeting minutes. It has the minutes from 2013 and 2014 to date. Look for a link to it on the town web site on the Board of Selectmen page.
Within the last few days we have uploaded the preliminary draft of the report on the physical condition of the police station dated May 5, 2014 and a possible plan for the use of the space once renovated dated June 3, 2014. We have also uploaded the preliminary study of the Baker Field restroom siting and schematic design possibilities.
All of these can be found under the “Reports & Documents” link on the home page.
We are still getting used to the new Wellfleet web site. I think we have cleared up some of the problems with posting agendas. Still working on getting older meeting minutes on line, etc. Let me know of any problems you encounter so I will know what needs attention.