Summer Forum: Why the forum?

Summer forumIn an effort to promote effective communication between the town of Nantucket and its residents, both year round and seasonal, NCA has proudly co-sponsored an annual Summer Forum beginning in 2008. The Board of Selectmen and the Town Manager have accepted our invitation to openly discuss concerns and issues with Nantucket residents at the Forum.

This summer's Ninth Annual Summer Forum was once again a standing room only event.

Be sure to check our calendar and to plan to attend our next Summer Forum!

Highlights of the Ninth Annual Summer Forum held at the Great Hall of the Atheneum, Monday, July 25, 2016 from 9:30-11:00 AM

Attendance: Close to 100 people attended the Forum. Three Selectmen, Jim Kelly, Rick Atherton and David Holdgate, and the Town Manager, Libby Gibson, comprised the panel. Many of the Town’s Administrators were present to answer questions and to hear the public’s comments.

Topics: Each Selectman and Ms. Gibson each spoke for just over 5 minutes about currently relevant island topics, which included Town Finance issues by Mr. Kelly, Affordable Housing and Sewers by Ms. Holdgate, Erosion and Sea Level issues by Mr. Atherton and "Big Projects" being handled by the Town by Ms. Gibson. Then Lauren Sinatra gave a short update on Island Energy issues.

Q&A Session: For about 55 minutes, there was an active question and answer session. The audience asked a variety of questions including, among other things, questions relating to Home Energy Assessments by MassSave, traffic congestion, bike path progress, enforcement of fertilizer controls, high energy demand alerts, town communication methods, Our Island Home, possible town parking garage, driving safely (cell phone usage), hospital redevelopment plans, gridlock on Old South Road, wind energy, management of the number of cars on the island, NRTA, possible short term home rental tax and noise issues. The audience was respectful of the panelists throughout the exchange.

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