Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge

Friday, February 5, 2016

City Launches New Real-Time View of PI Sewer System

The Department of Public Services (DPS) is pleased to launch a new real-time view of Plum Island’s sewer system operation.  DPS staff, with assistance from the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC), mapped the entire sewer system on Plum Island and used a geographic information system (GIS) application to create a map, hosted on the City’s website, where any member of the public can see the operational status of the system 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.  In the wake of system failures last winter due to extreme weather conditions, DPS Sewer Division staff spent the spring and summer months mapping the system on the island so that the department could better-respond to operational glitches.  In the event of a system problem, DPS staff will feed this information to the map so that any person can log onto the site and see the exact location of the inoperable area.  Troubled locations will be denoted by a red line.   When the system is back up and operational, the lines will revert to green, indicating fully-operational status.  The mapping of the system has taken a lot of guesswork out of the equation for Sewer Department employees; operators are now able to respond to low vacuum alarm situations with accurate locations of all components of the system.  This information will expedite the process in finding any issues or mechanical failures.  Log onto the Plum Island Sewer Map housed on the DPS Sewer Division webpage to view this new service.

More Increases on Fines and Fee Proposed

Mayor to form "Search Committee" for New Building Commissioner

Public Safety Subcommittee Agenda for Monday Night 6:30pm

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Excerpts from them Newburyport Conversation Commission - Little River Trail

Newburyport Conservation Commission 
January 5, 2016 
Senior/Community Center Board Room 

4. Old and New Business
Little River Nature Trail Proposal Informal Discussion Jerry Mullins intends to submit an application for a DCR grant for work related to the Little River watershed by February 1. The grant would be used to unify the trails through the area and re-route them away from the wetlands and vernal pools. Signage and kiosks would provide educational information on the importance of the Little River watershed, its recreational opportunities and the wildlife that inhabits the area. Boardwalks or steppingstones would be added to areas prone to flooding. While the WPA provides an exemption for certain publicly accessible trails in the buffer zone or riverfront area, only private trails are exempt under the local ordinance. A Notice of Intent with information on the impacts to the wetlands would be required. Julia Godtfredsen will prepare a draft letter of support for the grant for approval at the January 19 meeting.

Friday, January 29, 2016

New Hale Street Development on February 3rd's Planning Board Agenda

February 3, 2015 
7:00 PM 
Council Chambers

1. Roll Call 

2. General Business 
a) Approval of Minutes (1/20/16) 
b) ANR Plan – 4 G Street (2016-ANR-04) 

3. Old Business 
a) East Row Condominium Trust 14-22 Market Square, 1-2 Elbow Lane, 1-11 Liberty Street DOD Special Permit (Continued from 1/6/16) 
b) Chart House Development, LLC 23 Hale Street Major Site Plan Review (2016-SPR-02) (Continued from 1/20/16) 

4. New Business a) One Boston Way, LLC 1 Boston Way Smart Growth District Plan Approval (2016-SGD-1) 

4. Planning Office/Subcommittees/Discussion 
a) Updates 

5. Adjournment