Mayoral Memo: Snow Emergency Updates & Flood Assistance Exploration

1/8/2018 – Last week’s snowstorm and accompanying storm surge was an unfortunate act of nature that resulted in widespread damage throughout Gloucester. This City, like others, requires that residents remove their cars from public streets prior to any storm or snow emergency for safety reasons.

For decades, recognizing that many residents do not have private off street parking, the City has offered off-street parking on public property much like we did last week at Gloucester High School. These offers were strictly optional and residents were free to make other arrangements.

Having said that, my administration recognizes that many are in need of assistance as a result of the damage caused by last week’s storm—specifically those who lost their cars due to the flooding of the High School parking lot. As a result, we will be taking the following actions:

• We have contacted the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and are working with them as they collect public damage information from all of the communities impacted in order to determine whether to request a presidential disaster declaration. While the probability of meeting the threshold for state or federal monetary reimbursement are low, a presidential declaration is necessary to lend direct assistance to the private sector;

• The City is willing to work with those who do not have comprehensive insurance to make arrangements for towing, storage and/or disposal of damaged cars; and

• My administration has reached out to several local/regional car dealerships and they have expressed a willingness to work with those negatively affected by last week’s flooding. Their name and contact information is as follows:

o Sudbay Family Automotive
– Kevin Barkhouse, Sales Manager
– 978-283-4730

o Lyon-Waugh Auto Group
– Warren Waugh, Owner/General Manager
– 978-532-8312

o Michaud Auto Group
– Kevin Michaud, Owner, or Zach Michaud, CEO
– 978-774-4040

o Village Auto Group
– Emilio LoCilento, General Sales Manager
– 978-624-4461

We will keep everyone updated as we find out more information, but please contact your insurance company and work with your Councilors and the Mayor’s Office to see how we can best assist.

Thank you,
Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken

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Snow Emergency/Parking Ban Declared for Weds. 1/3/2018 (8PM) to Fri. 1/5/2018 (7AM); Schools Closed Thursday 1/4/2018

GLOUCESTER EMERGENCY ALERTS:

Snow Emergency/Parking Ban Declared for Weds. 1/3/2018 (8PM) to Fri. 1/5/2018 (7AM); Schools Closed Thursday 1/4/2018

Tonight, Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018the City of Gloucester has declared a snow emergency and parking ban on all city streets starting at 8 PM due to an upcoming severe snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions. In addition, Gloucester public schools will be closed tomorrow.

PARKING BAN

Effective at 8:00 PM tonight, Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 until 7:00 AM Friday, January 5th all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets. Residents may park in all municipal and school parking lots, but please remove all vehicles from municipal and school parking lots before the parking ban expires at 7:00 AM Friday.

School parking lots will be the first areas to be ticketed and towed once parking ban has concluded. Violators of this emergency declaration will be at the owner’s expense so please move your car before 7 AM Friday or your vehicle will be ticketed and towed at all lots.

TRASH/RECYCLE PICKUP SCHEDULE

Trash pickup schedules will be affected by this snow emergency, with trash collection postponed for January 4th. Please DO NOT put trash and recycling out for collection tomorrow. The schedule for collection is as follows, but please check the city’s website for any changes as this information is subject to change depending on weather conditions:

  • Friday, Jan 5th: Begin Wednesday Route Collection & Start Thursday Route Collection
  • Saturday, Jan 6th: Finish Thursday Route Collection & Begin Friday Route Collection
  • Monday, Jan 8th: Finish Any Remaining Saturday Route Collection

All trash and recycling must be out by 7 AM. The DPW and affiliated collection vendors WILL NOT go back for any late collections or snow-covered stops. Plese be prepared but call the DPW for any information or updates at 978-281-9785

REMINDERS/ SAFETY INFORMATION

Updates will be forthcoming as the storm progresses. Please check the City of Gloucester website and social media for further updates at www.gloucester-ma.gov. Thank you for your assistance and stay safe during this snow emergency.

Vote Gloucester for Lyon-Waugh Christmas Charity Challenge

The City of Gloucester is trying to edge our friends in Peabody for the first ever Christmas Cruiser Charity Challenge, as organized by the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group. The rules are simple: head to the Lyon-Waugh Facebook page, vote for your city by replying to the contest post (seen here) and like/share to get the word out. The City with the most votes wins, with the losing side making a donation to the charity of their choice. Contest ends 12/15, so please help Gloucester win by liking and voting on the post now!

Vote Gloucester!

Full details from the Facebook post are as follows:

CHRISTMAS CRUISER CHALLENGE!
VOTE AND SHARE TODAY!!

STEPS FOR THE CHALLENGE. It’s as easy as 1,2,3.
1. Visit Lyon-Waugh Auto Group Facebook page
2. Like Lyon-Waugh Auto Group Page (we will monitor these likes so please be sure to perform this important step)
3. Vote for the best looking police #BMW i3 Vehicle by noting in the comment space Gloucester or Peabody

*1 Vote per person. The City with the most votes wins. The loser will make a donation to the charity of their choice. Challenge runs 12-11 until 12-15

City Power Restoration Efforts Continue Tonight; Residents Asked to Plan Ahead

From the Office of Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken (3PM): As many of you know, the power is out in certain areas of the City.  According to National Grid, we still have 3,600 customers without power (21% of our community) but the Gloucester DPW, Police Department, and Fire Department continue to work with National Grid crews around the clock to provide support and restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

We continue to work on clearing downed trees and wires.  Be aware of downed limbs and always assume that a downed wire is live: DO NOT touch any wires that have fallen.

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Given the widespread extent of the power outages and the uncertainty of whether power will be restored by this evening, it is important that all Gloucester residents either shelter in place or make the appropriate arrangements with family and friends as the temperature is supposed to drop during the evening hours.

Please check on any neighbors who are elderly or sick.  Power to our hospitals, senior homes and schools have been restored.  The Sawyer Free Library and the Rose Baker Senior Center will be available during regular working hours for our seniors who are in need of warmth and/or electronic charging stations.

All markets have power and are open for regular business hours.

To report any outages, please contact National Grid directly by calling their Outage Hot-Line: 1-800-465-1212

Additionally, customers can view the National Grid power outage reporting map: https://www.nationalgridus.com/MA-Home/Storms-Outages/Outage-Map

MEMA power outage reporting map: http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html

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Jill Cahill selected as Community Development Director

Jill Cahill selected as Community Development Director

Gloucester resident & former legislative administrator to lead Community Development

Gloucester, MassOctober 2017 – Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken announced the appointment of Jill Cahill as Community Development Director overseeing her economic development initiatives.  Upon confirmation, she is set to assume her post on October 16, 2017.

IMG_0520 (1)Mayor Theken said, “Jill will be an incredible asset to this City.  She’s demonstrated a commitment and passion for Gloucester that will only help to improve the quality of life in our City.  Jill will lead efforts to maximize opportunities for all of Gloucester’s residents and business owners.  With Jill at the helm, I am confident we will create more economic opportunities throughout our city and take Gloucester to the next level.”

In her role, Cahill will work closely with the Mayor’s Office, developing and implementing plans, policies and programs to coordinate the physical growth and economic development of the City.  She will focus on fostering economic development throughout Gloucester; marketing Gloucester on a national and international scale; streamlining licensing and permitting processes; and supporting small businesses.

Cahill said, “This is a tremendous opportunity to work with Mayor Theken and her team to grow Gloucester.  I am excited to both live and work in this wonderful City.  Gloucester and its many diverse neighborhoods have much to offer and I look forward to working with business, political, civic and educational leaders throughout the region to showcase Gloucester as a place to live, work, learn and play.”

With more than ten years of experience, Cahill was selected for her ability to provide creative, innovative and forward-thinking leadership focused on achieving operational efficiency and continuous improvement. She is a highly energetic, results-driven professional with a strong understanding of state and local government.

She will leave her post at Pathways for Children where she recently served as Communications and Donations Relations Manager where she provided strategic support to the CEO and created and managed donor relations, cultivation, solicitations and community partnership development.  Prior to that she was the Office and Events Manger for The Event Co. She previously worked in government as Chief of Staff for Senator Karen Spilka providing strategic policy planning and public relations and served as Executive Director to the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators being responsible for all aspects of Caucus business including creating and maintaining annual budget and advancing strategic plan.

Cahill received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from University of Massachusetts – Boston and is a graduate of Colorado State University, where she studied Political Science.  She currently serves as the Plum Cove School PTO Secretary and served on the Board of Directors for Health Quarters from 2008 until 2012.  Cahill resides in Gloucester with her husband, son and daughter.

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Gloucester Introduces Municipal Leadership Training Workshops

Gloucester Introduces Municipal Leadership Training Workshops

Program Custom Designed by Van Loan School at Endicott College’s Center for Leadership

(Gloucester, Mass.) – October 11, 2017Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken announced new training workshops for City of Gloucester employees designed by the Van Loan School at Endicott College’s Center for Leadership, starting first with “Fundamentals of Leadership” training for municipal department managers.

“The citizens of Gloucester deserve accountable and professional city services, so we must empower our staff with meaningful training and education,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “The career development of our city employees remains a top priority and we are proud to partner with Endicott College’s Van Loan School for customized workshops to assist with this growth.”

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Initial training needs were identified between Personnel Director Donna Leete and Center for Leadership Director Richard G. Weissman after a series of surveys and employee insights were collected and analyzed. From there, training modules were proposed and finalized with final sign-off by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken.

“Endicott College and the Van Loan School are proud to contribute to the Gloucester community, including leadership training programs,” said Weissman, who also heads up the 4,000- square-foot Endicott Gloucester campus in the same building that houses the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve done a lot of work within the community for many years now, but this career development series reflects a special relationship that has proven valuable for both the city and our college alike.”

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Training will be conducted by veteran Endicott College adjunct professor and Center for Leadership instructor, Joseph Tragert. Through the Center for Leadership, Tragert has led management development programs and strategic planning projects for organizations including Minuteman Health, the City of Beverly, Endicott College, Cape Ann TV, and the City of Salem.

Modules focus on dynamics of leadership, effective communication, teamwork, managing conflict, project management, and more.

About the City of Gloucester

America’s oldest seaport, the City of Gloucester is known throughout the world as an authentic, working waterfront community, a place of spectacular natural beauty, and home to a diverse population of about 30,000 residents. An important center for the fishing industry, Gloucester also is proud of its vibrant cultural life and rich art heritage as one of the premier art colonies in the United States. In addition, the city is a destination for thousands of visitors who visit the harbor and its beaches during the summertime. In recent years, Gloucester has been actively diversifying its traditional maritime economy, adding leading small research institutions such as the UMass Amherst Large Pelagics Research Laboratory and the Ocean Alliance to the array of local businesses and state and federal agencies working in the city. Recent advancements in Gloucester include new investments in marine robotics and new product development from the fishery.