Selectmen's Update: October 19th, 2020
This week’s meeting kicked off with discussions about our Emergency Management team amid ongoing updates to our Emergency Operations Plan. Louis Brunelle, our Emergency Management Director, and Chief Ted Call introduced Sandwich’s newest Fire Department member and newly appointed Deputy Emergency Management Director, Jason Hall. Jason moved to Sandwich earlier this year and is a retired career firefighter with EMT certifications. We appreciate Jason’s eagerness to serve the Town in this capacity and welcome him to town.
Chief Shawn Varney provided updates from the Police Department including reports of police activity that are now easily accessed and generated from our recently implemented Dispatch Hub system. Chief Varney will routinely share this information through the Police Department’s Facebook page. Chief Varney also shared information about resources available through the County including health, welfare, and addiction services. You can learn more through their website here or by dialing 211. Chief Varney will be partnering with the DEA to collect pharmaceutical controlled substances and medications from residents this Saturday, October 24th from 10am-2pm at the Sandwich Transfer Station.
At last, long-awaited rain has enabled the Highway Department to begin road grading. Thank you for your patience as road conditions have been significantly impacted by this season’s drought. Lest the mild temperatures fool anyone, winter is nearing and the Highway crew has begun preparations for the winter season while also taking care of line-of-sight clearing at some tough intersections.
Road Agent Jon Peaslee discussed Transfer Station policies with the Selectmen, including Construction & Demolition (C&D) debris. The Transfer Station is currently accepting residential C&D with some limitations, but will be gathering more information to determine the need for commercial C&D services and appropriate fees such that residents are not burdened by the cost of disposing waste for commercial projects.
Upon the recommendation of the Conservation Commission and Selectmen Horn, the Board appointed Will Viner as an alternate on the Conservation Commission. We thank Will for his interest in participating on the Conservation Commission.
Budget season is in full swing, kicked off by a Budget Committee meeting last week. The Committee will be regathering on October 27th as they begin meeting with each Department Head. The Board and Budget Committee has discussed and will continue to consider the challenges faced when balancing capital financing tools such as capital reserves, leases, cash, and long and short-term debt as a means to fund capital items such as vehicles and bridges.
As always, thank you to our many volunteers that serve the Town’s committees and wear so many hats! This time of year is particularly busy with budget season, elections, and taxes; volunteers fulfill a critical role in supporting many other aspects of Town business.
Board of Selectmen