This week the Town Council Town Manager Search Sub-Committee met again. The Committee’s Chairwoman, Councilor Janet Joakim is keeping us right on our schedule. Our committee is facilitating the process to hire a new Town Manager.
At the end of March, our Search Committee along with the assistance from Human Resource Director Bill Cole, Chief Procurement Officer David Anthony, Purchasing Agent Joanna Boucher and Town Attorney Ruth Weil finalized the scope of services for our request for proposal (RFP) document to hire a Consulting Service to Assist the Town Council Town Manager Search Sub-Committee.
On April 1st the request for proposal (RFP) document was posted on the Town website, Bid, and RFP System. The proposals were due by April 24th at 2 PM. We met on the 25th and the proposals are now in our hands. The evaluation process will include each proposal being reviewed by the committee members. The procurement staff will continue providing us with support. If the committee sticks to our timeline, the contract for the Town Manager search consultant will be awarded by the first week in June. If we continue to stay on schedule; before the end of June, we will begin advertising for a new Town Manager.
Speaking of professional managers, I want to congratulate West Barnstable’s Fire Chief Joe Maruca who recently received a “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO) designation by the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC). Earlier this month I attended my first wet-down of a new fire truck at the West Barnstable Fire Department. The new truck was acquired and equipped entirely through donations. Also congratulations go out to the fire district’s new Moderator. Kate Mitchell did a great job at the district’s annual meeting this week. I also want to thank Dan Mullen for his years of service as the district’s prior moderator.
On Saturday, April 28th at 10 AM I hope you can join me. The Barnstable Land Trust is holding a Spring Flowering Trees Tour of Meetinghouse Farm in West Barnstable. Join Judy Desrochers and arborist Peter Childs for a guided tour of Meetinghouse Farm located on Route 149 near the historic West Parish Meetinghouse. The fee is $5.
On Sunday April 29th from 9 AM till noon I will be at the Sandy Neck Annual Spring Beach Clean-up. Join me along with the Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association for this event. Activities include trash pick-up and dune fence installation. You can meet us at the lower parking lot and spend the morning giving back to our special beach. For more information call the Gatehouse at 508-362-8300. As we work, you will be able to see that the ospreys have returned to rebuild their bulky nests atop poles. The endangered piping plovers are currently scouring the vast beach for that ideal spot to scratch their simple nests. I had a chance last week to observe both the ospreys and the tiny plovers. I took a tour of the beach with Ranger Nina Coleman. My tour included a climb to the top of the Sandy Neck Lighthouse. That view is breathtaking!
Very soon the Town Council will be voting on a resolution to approve funds for the first phase of a historical preservation of the Old Selectmen’s Building located on Meetinghouse Rd, (Route 149) in West Barnstable. While plans to begin funding the first phase of this historical preservation effort are still underway, I am already looking ahead to the work required to complete this historical preservation project. Our goal is to complete the restoration in time to celebrate the building’s 125th birthday during 2014. If you are interested in joining with me and others to form a not-for-profit, “Friends of the Old Selectmen’s Building” organization please speak with me at one of the events this weekend, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by during my constituent hour at the West Barnstable Community Building on the first Tuesday of each month between 6 PM and 7 PM.