Mayor Romeo Theken made the announcement from her office at City Hall that she has officially entered the race for Mayor. She joins City Councilors Paul McGeary and Greg Verga. To be listed on the ballot, a candidate must return nomination papers by August 11th for the November 3rd election. A primary will be held on September 29th.
Location of proposed David Black
sculpture to wait on arts policy
The meeting that was to have been held this Saturday, April 11, on the location of the proposed sculpture by renowned artist David Black at Solomon Jacobs Park has been cancelled.
The mayor has indicated she wants to have a full discussion of a City arts policy before making a decision on how to proceed with the acceptance and installation of David’s generous gift.
A city-wide forum to begin the process of developing the arts policy will be held in May. I encourage you to attend that meeting and be heard on the matter. I will provide further details as they are available. For now, however, the project is on hold.
Thank you all for your attention to this matter and your care for our city.
Celebrate a City of Opportunity
GMG DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY CANDIDATES. THIS IS A CAMPAIGN KICKOFF ANNOUNCEMENT AND ANY OTHER CANDIDATES KICKOFF ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ALSO BE POSTED IF SUBMITTED
Smith Cove line rehab slated to begin in April
I have received the following communication from DPW Director Mike Hale concerning upcoming sewer work in the Smith Cove/Rocky Neck area.
March 23, 2015
Phase III CSO Control Plan – Project 5: Water and Sewer Rehabilitation
Re: Notice of Pending Sewer Rehabilitation, Smith Cove Sewer Easement
Dear Residents and Businesses:
As you are aware, the City of Gloucester is currently completing a water and sewer rehabilitation project in the East Main Street and Rocky Neck neighborhoods to improve the service and reliability of the municipal wastewater collection and water distribution systems. The sewer rehabilitation component of the project involves cleaning the existing sewer pipes and installing a cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) liner from existing manholes in the street to avoid excavation and minimize disturbance.
The next phase of work will include sewer rehabilitation of the sewer pipe crossing under Smith Cove from Rocky Neck Avenue within the City sewer easement limits of work area shown on the attached plan. The schedule for the rehabilitation work within the sewer easement crossing Smith Cove has not yet been finalized, but is anticipated to occur in April of 2015. The proposed Smith Cove sewer rehabilitation will also involve installation of CIPP liner from existing manholes so excavation and disturbance within the easement will be minimized.
Temporary Force Main (#229/R to #285 East Main Street and #5, #9 Rocky Neck Ave.)
In preparation for future sewer rehabilitation, the City’s Contractor (N. Granese & Sons) will install a temporary sewer pipe (force main) along the edge of the road from the Rocky Neck parking lot to the Beacon Marine pump station as shown on attached map. The temporary pipe will remain in place for approximately one month. When the pipe crosses driveway entrances, the contractor will create ramps of asphalt to allow vehicles to cross, or will excavate in road and bury the pipe if required to allow access to driveways. Following completion of the project, the contractor will clean up the area and repave the road where cuts were made.
Parking will be restricted along the route of this force main for the duration of the project.
Temporary Pump Station (in vicinity of #1 Eastern Point Rd. and #5 to #16 Rocky Neck Ave.)
The Contractor will then install temporary pumps in Rocky Neck Avenue to bypass the sewer flow through the temporary force main and allow work on the sewer pipe in Smiths Cove to proceed.
The pump station will be tested for a period of 48-hours and later will be run for approximately seven days. The station will run 24-hours a day and will be powered by diesel generators. They will be sound attenuated to reduce the impacts on the neighborhood but there will be some noise 24-7, with the pumps operating and workers attending and refueling the generators and pumps periodically.
Traffic will be restricted to one lane (alternating traffic) in the vicinity of the temporary pump station during the installation, testing, and operation of the temporary pump station.
Rocky Neck Parking Lot
During the work, the contractor will be staging equipment and materials in the parking lot on Rocky Neck Avenue. Parking will be restricted in the vicinity of the temporary pump station during this project (approximately one month), and when the rehabilitation work is underway (approximately 7 days) parking will be restricted on the majority of the parking lot.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience you may incur during this process. The City appreciates your patience and forbearance during this important project. If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact Scott Vesey (Construction Manager) at 978-973-6539 or Don Peavey (Department of Public Works) at 978-479-2184.
Director of Public Works
Please check the City of Gloucester website for further updates at www.gloucester-ma.gov
Parking ban goes into effect at 11 p.m.
Schools, City Hall are closed tomorrow
Provisions for payment of taxes and filing of abatements due tomorrow are outlined
The mayor has issued the following statement in anticipation of the coming snowstorm:
Effective at 11 p.m. today, Sunday, Feb. 1, the city has declared a snow emergency and parking ban on all city streets due to the arriving snow storm.
From 11 p.m. on Sunday until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets.
Violators of this emergency declaration are subject to ticketing and towing at the owner’s expense. Residents may park in all municipal and school parking lots.
All residents are reminded that they are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property. Your cooperation during this parking ban is necessary for efficient and safe snow removal efforts. Please make every effort to shovel out hydrants at or near your homes.
During times of high tide, expect coastal flooding on various streets along the coast. In addition, bitterly cold wind chills of 15 to 25 below zero are expected making it extremely dangerous to be outside. Please make every effort to check on your elderly neighbors.
Gloucester Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 2.
City offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 2.
At this time (5 p.m. Sunday), it is anticipated that trash collection will be on a regular schedule.
Updates will be forthcoming as the storm progresses. Please check the City of Gloucester website for further updates at www.gloucester-ma.gov
How to make tax payments and file abatement applications in light of tomorrow’s predicted storm
Despite the fact that City Hall will be closed tomorrow,there are ways to pay your tax bills or file for abatements–both of which are due tomorrow.
Timely filing of abatement applications or payments can be accomplished any of the following ways:
• Hand delivery to City Hall, by 4 p.m. Monday. Even though City Hall will be closed, abatement applications or tax payments can be placed in the Parking Ticket Dropbox located to the right of the entrance facing Warren Street.
• US Postal Service. (Payments or applications must be postmarked by Monday.)
• Abatement applications may be faxed to 978-282-4113, by 4 p.m. Monday. The Abatement Application can be found here: http://gloucester-ma.gov/DocumentView.aspx?DID=372
• Payments can be made online. For more information and instructions please consult the City Website’s Online Services page here: http://gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?NID=459
The city has been struggling to keep main roads open during this week’s unprecedented snowfall. DPW crews and private contractors have been on the road for 36 hours straight, but they are having trouble keeping up.
This means that cleanup has fallen behind on many smaller roads. Currently there is a substantial list of roads that need attention.
Your patience and keeping cars off the streets will help immeasurably to get the roads open as quickly as possible.
Do be aware that even if your street is impassable, the Fire Department is able to reach people in emergency situations.
Snow Emergency Update
Due to the ongoing storm and blizzard conditions, a snow emergency remains in effect until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Parking is banned on all City streets until that time. Violators of this ongoing declaration are subject to ticketing and towing at the owner’s expense. Municipal and School lots will remain available to residents until Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. at which time they are to be removed.
Gloucester Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday Jan. 28 and all City offices will be delayed in opening. All City offices will open and resume business at 10 a.m. Wednesday Jan. 28.
The city website www.gloucester-ma.gov is updated regularly with the latest information.
Trash Collection delayed
Due to the blizzard, trash collection for Wednesday Jan. 28, has been cancelled. Collection will resume on Thursday. The schedule is as follows: Wednesday’s pick up will be Thursday, Thursday’s pick up will be Friday, Friday’s pick up will be Saturday. If your regular day is Tuesday we are asking that due to the extenuating circumstances that you please hold onto your trash until next week.
General Snow Emergency Information
Where Can I Park?
Off-street parking areas including:
- Harbor Parking Lot (near Gloucester House Restaurant)
- Main Street Parking Lot
- Manuel F. Lewis Parking Lot
- Pleasant Street Parking Lot
- St. Peter’s Square (Town Landing Parking Lot)
- Fitz Hugh Lane Lot (Roger’s St next to TD Bank)
- Boynton Way Lot (off Rogers St in between Pilot House lot and House of Mitch)
- School Parking Lots may also be used for off-street parking
Vehicles parked in parking lots must shovel their cars out of the space.
NOTE: All vehicles must be out of municipal and school lots by 1 p.m. today.
Please be aware that the City of Gloucester is authorized to remove any vehicle that interferes with the removal of snow and ice. Removal costs shall be paid by the owner of the vehicle.
Residents are required to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks in front of their homes/businesses.
Please call the Department of Public Works at 978-281-9785 for information or questions concerning snow and ice removal.
This is just a quick heads-up for those of you who live near Good Harbor Beach, the Back Shore and Eastern Point. The annual Lone Gull 10K road race will be held this Sunday, Sept. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. in that vicinity. Nautilus Road will be the only road closure. It will be closed for the duration of the race, though there may be some traffic slowdowns as runners make their way along the course. This is a significant event in the New England road racing calendar, and the money raised goes to benefit the Children’s Center for Communication, a program to assist children with severe communication issues.
The map below shows the race route:
Hazardous waste disposal Sept. 28
The city will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Day on Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the DPW Yard on Poplar Street.
Residents are asked to schedule an appointment to bring their materials to the DPW yard. The Recycling Department is currently accepting appointments. Please call 978-281-9785 to schedule your appointment.
Gloucester residents are allowed to bring up to 25 pound or gallons of material at no cost. If you exceed 25 pounds or gallons, and additional fee will be accessed and payable to Clean Harbors (payable by check only, cash is not accepted). For up to 10 gallons or pounds over it is $24, for 10-25 gallons or pounds over the charge is $44.
Please understand that we can only accept hazardous materials when Clean Harbors is on site, early drop offs will not be allowed. For a complete list of what is acceptable please click on Acceptable Materials below.
Please understand that we can only accept hazardous materials when Clean Harbors is on site, early drop offs will not be allowed.
From the House
Rubber Cement, Airplane Glue, Fiberglass Resins, Photo Chemicals , Chemistry Sets, Furniture Polish, Floor & Metal Polish, Oven Cleaner, Fluorescent Bulbs, Mercury bearing wastes, Drain & Toilet Cleaner, Spot Remover, Rug & Upholstery Cleaner, Hobby Supplies, Artist Supplies
From the Yard
Poisons, Insecticides, Fungicides, Chemical Fertilizers, Weed Killers, Moth Balls, Flea Control Products,
From the Workbench:
Oil Based Paints ONLY, Stains & Varnishes, Wood Preservatives (except Penta), Paint Strippers/Thinners, Solvent Adhesives, Lighter Fluid
From the Garage
Fuels/Gasoline/Kerosene, Motor oil, Car batteries, Antifreeze,m Engine Degreaser, Brake Fluid/Carburetor Cleaner, Transmission Fluid, Car Wax, Polishes, Driveway Sealer, Roofing Tar, Swimming Pool Chemicals
Latex Paint (pop lid, let dry, throw in trash), Empty Containers/Trash, Commercial or Industrial Waste, Radioactive Waste, Smoke Detectors, Infectious & Biological Wastes, Compressed Gas Cylinders (other than propane), Ammunition, Fireworks, Explosives, Fire Extinguishers, Prescription Medicines/Syringes, Asbestos
Safely Transporting Hazardous Materials
Leaving materials in original containers., Tighten Caps and lids., Sort and pack separately: oil paint, pesticides,and household cleaners.
Pack containers in sturdy upright boxes and pad with newspaper.
NEVER MIX CHEMICALS.
Pack your car and drive directly to the site.
NEVER SMOKE while handling hazardous material.