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Annual Report FY2017
Sefatia Romeo Theken
Chief Administrative Officer
Director of Communications & Constituent Services
9 Dale Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
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The Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017 is now available.
Open Letter to Gloucester's Citizens 2017-18:
ear Citizens of Gloucester:
As your Mayor, I am pleased to present the city of Gloucester’s Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report.
Included in this year's edition is a letter from the City Council President, a directory of our boards and departments, a volunteer application for city boards and commissions, a school administration directory, and departmental activity reports.
Success in city government begins with the budget; effective city growth needs financial stability. As the stewards of your tax dollars, my administration is committed to making city government work responsibly for you. We are now well into our third balanced budget and city departments are living within the appropriations that have been approved by the City Council during a collaborative budget review process.
We have built up stronger reserves in our stabilization funds, our capital improvement fund, and our maintenance fund. Together with proper capital planning, we will rely on less borrowing to fund our capital projects. In doing so, we can continue to establish a solid foundation for moving the city forward while ensuring growth and stability for years to come.
We continue to work on increasing economic growth within the city. Our Community Development department is actively engaged in planning and organizing our community’s priorities around the harbor, the industrial parks, and the business district. The Gloucester Fresh program continues to grow and a number of different restaurants on the North Shore and beyond now market our fresh fish.
Our green community status has expanded once again with the addition of three more electric cars that were recently added to our green fleet. We are working on finalizing our Gloucester Community Electric Aggregation program for residents that will provide energy cost savings to residents in their homes.
Our housing production plan has been completed and we will begin implementation in the coming year. We continue to work to find efficiencies within our workforce and our facilities through consolidation and, to that end, we are working on creating a civic district centrally located in the city to better serve our residents.
Climate change is real and we are already seeing its impacts here in the northeast. Our challenge moving forward is to determine how to use the existing science—such as fishing, community, and habitat vulnerability assessments—to help Gloucester adapt to our changing environment. Our goal is to figure out how we can best provide resources to support local efforts that encourage innovation and economic diversification on our coastline.
With our partners on the City Council and the school committee, we have invested in our schools by opening the new West Parish School, upgrading the heating system at our middle school and putting a new roof on the high school. We are also working with the MSBA to replace East Gloucester and Veterans with a combined elementary school and we expect to be in front of the City Council for funding a feasibility study soon.
Through transparency and open and honest dialogue, we have made significant progress but there is much left to be done. I am grateful to all city staff and volunteers for their hard work on behalf of Gloucester. I love this City and I know you do, too. Let’s continue to move Gloucester forward… together.
Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken