Borough News From the Desk of the Warden

Borough News From the Desk of the Warden

October 9, 2017

 

Hello Everyone.

I hope you all are enjoying your fall, in Fenwick or elsewhere. There are some topical items that I want to bring to your attention: 

  • General Manager Search: The Board of Warden and Burgesses and the GM Search Committee (Jonathan Gengras, Art Wright and I) are very pleased to announce that we have successfully concluded our search, which has yielded the next Borough General Manager, Jeff Champion. Jeff comes to the Borough from the Weston Field Club (WFC) in Weston, CT, where he has served since 2012 as the General Manager, CFO and COO. As General Manager at WFC, Jeff reported directly to the Board, with a keen emphasis on financial expertise, facilities management and employee management. Jeff will begin his Borough tenure on October 16th. In preparation he has spent time in the office with Rita, Marilyn and Daryl, as well as a productive download meeting with former GM Larry DeBlaisiis. Additionally, Jeff was nice enough to join us for our Burgess meeting last week. We are thrilled with the outcome of the search and hope that each of you, once you have had the opportunity to meet Jeff, will be as excited as we are for Jeff to get to work for the Borough. Welcome Jeff.
  • Sea Level Rise: This item is going to be around for a while, as such it will have an increasingly significant impact on how we expend our limited capital and operating resources. Identifying the most effective manner to allocate these funds is a complicated problem to say the least. Luckily for us, we have retained GZA, a leading environmental/water and ecological engineering firm, to consult with us. Their first assignment is the design for the hardening of the Hepburn dune. As part of that assignment GZA made a presentation to the Burgesses at our late August meeting regarding sea level rise and its likely impacts on the Borough over the coming decades. It was fascinating in both a good and bad way, but fundamentally important. I would like to invite GZA to make a similar presentation to the entire Borough early next summer. It is information that we should all have. Stay tuned for the specifics.
  • Short Term Rentals: Technology has recently brought VRBO and Airbnb to the Borough. It is a new issue that has both pluses and minuses for individual residents and the Borough as a whole. The Board will spend time over the winter gathering information on how similar communities have chosen to deal with the issue, or not. Then, early next summer we will make recommendations to the Zoning Commission and hold a public hearing for all interested parties to attend on those proposed changes, if any. In the meantime, it would be helpful if residents let me and/or Board members know of your thoughts and ideas on the subject.
  • Concerns and Safety Committee: This newly formed committee of residents and Board members, led by Jonathan Gengras and Pam Christensen, will be holding their preliminary meeting in the next few weeks. The meeting will concentrate on the formation of a critical mission statement and other organizational issues. I look forward to hearing their thoughts over the winter months.
  • Comings and Goings:

As most of you are already aware, the Borough has a new homeowner. Barry Gosin and his wife Jacqueline purchased the Sciame home in late August. Welcome to the Gosin’s and their family! The Sciame’s have not ventured far, purchasing the Navarro home in late August as well.

24 Agawam Avenue, aka The Red House, will be demolished in the next week or so. We are sad to see her go but very excited for the new home that Chip and Ashley Gengras will build in its place over the winter.

  • Lynde Point Land Trust (LPLT) and Fenwick Improvement Fund (FIF): Please be aware that two of our Borough nonprofits will be conducting their annual fundraising appeals this fall. Both of these organizations do fabulous work for the Borough. It would be wonderful if they can continue to be supported so generously by our residents and friends.
  • In Memoriam: It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Steve Munn. The Board and I send our sincere condolences to Ann, Robyn, Michelle and the entire Munn family.

Enjoy your fall and enjoy the Borough. There have been many beautiful days to date. As always, please feel free to forward any questions or concerns that you have. Email (warden@fenwicknews.com) or call (860.227.1967). I look forward to hearing from you.

-Newt