Rockport Town Manager’s Report: Overwhelming increase in general assistance requests, property assessments, new firefighter/EMT hire


As fall rolls in, our finance department has been engaged in preparing our annual capital improvement plan, assisting with a staffing needs assessment, and beginning preparations for our annual audit. Our new finance clerk, Coleen Narofsky, has begun cross training with our clerk’s office staff as we extend our needs for cross training throughout the town office building.

Buildings and Grounds

Parks. Throughout the summer our Buildings and Grounds crew have worked on a series of projects in our parks around their usual mowing schedule. In particular, Walker Park was in need of some careful attention with the roofs above the picnic tables and the steps from the parking lot both in need of some real help. Many thanks to Matt and Glen for their efforts in getting those projects wrapped up and if I didn’t already mention it in this space, thanks to our public worksstaff who installed the new merry go round.

The absence of the merry go round at Walker Park was notable over the last few years but the Parks and Beautification Committee worked to see funds were set aside for the purchase of a new merry go round.

Our Buildings and Grounds crew will now turn their attention to the park in Glen Cove. Despite some extensive brush cutting in recent years, the view from the parking spots is nearly fully obstructed. Glen and Matt will be opening up that view while being mindful of Poison Ivy throughout the bank above Glen Cove.

Public Works

Projects. Our public works crew has been working in preparation for paving in a number of spots throughout town. I suspect most residents have already noticed Performance Paving has completed the bulk of their work on Park Street and Meadow Street last week. Last summer we reclaimed the entire stretch of road from the Camden town line to the Route 90 intersection and paved a single binder coat of pavement with the expectation of letting the road settle before completing the project this summer.

Other roads in process toward paving this fall include Winding Way, Forrest Glen/Forrest Street West, Amsbury Hill, Birch Street, Franklin Street, Pine Street, Kathy’s Lane, Bonny Street, Karen Lane, Wellington Drive, Ashley Terrace, Terrier Circle, and Lexington Drive.

Improvements to the gravel roads on Chapel Road and Beauchamp Point Road are also due to be completed this fall. Of course, weather can always cause issues as we attempt to complete these projects and the consistent rains of June have put us further behind schedule than we would hope, but our crews are working hard to get these roads in top shape before paving must conclude by mid-November.

Promotions. We’ve promoted a trio of public works employees to new positions within our public works department to support our staff. Keith Massengale and Devin Field have been promoted as crew leaders and Kevin Grierson has been elevated to mechanic. Kevin, Keith, Devin, and all of our public works employees have been working quite hard this summer to address the planned work to prepare for paving but also to respond to concerns and requests from our residents

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