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The pros and cons of migrating Manchester local police and fire dispatch services to a state-run, regional public safety operation were explored at a public hearing that addressed everything from cost controls and technology upgrades to the value of local dispatchers with local knowledge. It also highlighted the current operating differences between Manchester’s fire and police departments.
On Monday in person on the third-floor auditorium of the Essex Town Hall, 99-year-old resident Bonnie Jean Malcolm-Brown was honored as the town’s eldest resident. As tradition calls, she was presented with the 14-carat gold and mahogany Boston Post Cane.
Join the Affordable Housing Trust and Manchester Housing Authority for a public workshop on June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Manchester Essex Regional High School Cafeteria. The AHT and MHA will present and discuss the findings of the recent Site Feasibility Study.
Recently, there has been some discussion about the disposition of the town flagpole on the Town Common. Currently, the town does not have a written policy with regard to the flagpole, though the topic has been discussed in past years. This year has seen changes to the flagpole as a result of the Town Common renovation project.
Open Space and Recreation Seven Year Plan: The Open Space and Recreation Seven Year Plan Draft is available on the Town website. The Manchester community is invited to view it and make public comment by June 25.
Although the Commonwealth has relaxed most COVID restrictions on the conduct of town meetings, individual towns retain the flexibility to adopt their own standards. The objective in these unique meeting protocols is to implement all reasonable and prudent measures to protect the health of Annual Town Meeting participants, while simultaneously preserving the deliberative nature of town meeting.
A compromise to keep COVID-era outdoor dining in Manchester was a hot topic at Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting. In the end, the BOS approved the continuation of outdoor dining at all restaurants until July 11, and a scaled back version of the popular practice through August 15.
With just over three weeks to go it is time to help voters prepare for the decisions they will be making. The Annual Town Meeting (ATM) will take place on Monday, June 21 starting at 6:30 on the athletic field at the Middle-High School. The rain date is Wednesday, June 23.
On May 29 Singing Beach will reopen the bath house, parking lot and canteen. The beach will be open and staffed weekends only until June 21 and then will be open seven days a week. Parking at the beach is for residents only with valid 2021 stickers. A limited amount of non-resident spaces will be available on weekdays as space allows.