February 3, 2023 Public Safety Dispatch through NSR 911 By Gregory T. Federspiel
Efforts to create a smooth transition to dispatching our Police and Fire calls through the North Shore Regional 911 Center (NSR 911) have been underway since last August when the Select Board signed the Intermunicipal Agreement with NSR 911. Both Chiefs and their staff have been working closely with the staff at the Center to ensure that the new service is seamless to residents. A “to do” list of over 300 action items was generated with excellent progress being made to date. The work is ahead of schedule and the NSR 911 Center will begin dispatching local public safety calls starting March 1.
The Future of Public Safety Staffing By Gregory T. Federspiel January 27, 2023
One of the bigger issues the Town faces as a new budget is developed for the upcoming Fiscal Year (July 1 start date) is determining the right level of staffing for our public safety departments. The Police, Fire, and Harbor Departments are all confronting new challenges that require a hard look at current staffing and what changes might be needed going forward.
Getting the Word out – Town Hall Communication Strategies By Gregory T. Federspiel
The flow of accurate, timely information is a key element of good governance and critical to robust civic engagement. This is true for all levels of civic discourse but is most immediately felt here at the local level. Over three years ago the Town created the new part-time position of Communications Coordinator to bolster the flow of information both to and from residents. Many new strategies have been implemented and new approaches are always being evaluated.