Town of Brewster, Massachusetts

Select Board/Town Administration

Section II - General Government: 1121 Select Board/Town Administration

Mission Statement

The Town Administrator is a professional municipal leader hired by the Select Board to carry out the day to day duties of the Board and to lead the Town’s employees in the execution of their duties.

Accomplishments for FY2022

The Town Administrator's Office works on the goals as outlined in the Select Board strategic plan. Town Administration was able to complete many of the FY22 goals while at the same time accomplishing the major acquisition of the Cape Cod Sea Camps parcels and continuing to deal with a global pandemic. A few of the highlights are listed below:

  • Completed and adopted a Town Charter.
  • Completed and adopted an updated Drummer Boy Park Master Plan.
  • Created a dedicated Human Resources Department.
  • Developed and executed plan for a Municipal Dog Park.
  • Established Home Rehabilitation and Child Care Voucher Programs through Community Development Block Grant Funding (CDBG).
  • Issued a Request for Proposal for Community Housing on municipally owned land.
  • Developed and adopted Stormwater Bylaw.
  • Worked with the CPC Committee to develop a 5 year plan and consider changes to the current CPC funding formula.
  • Completed the Elementary School Consolidation Feasibility Study.
  • Adopted financial policies in accordance with MA Department of Revenue guidelines.
  • Finance Team secured AAA bond rating from Standard & Poors.

Goals & Initiatives for FY2023

  • Long-term comprehensive planning for the Cape Cod Sea Camps, including community input.
  • Launch new Town website.
  • Launch electronic permitting platform.
  • Design and permit boardwalk at Wing Island.
  • Complete the Local Comprehensive Planning Process.
  • Launch new operating budget and capital planning platform, including public-facing transparency portal.

Budget Highlights

  • The budget represents a $71,689 (13.77%) increase over the FY22 budget.
  • The Part-Time Energy Manager position has been added to this budget in FY23. It was previously funded through the Green Communities Designation Grant. The position will be funded this year with revenues from the newly constructed solar carport at the Captain's Course Driving Range.
  • An increase of $5,000 is provided in the Professional Services line from $10,000 to $15,000 to provide greater capacity to hire professional consultants to assist with smaller capital and planning projects.
  • There is a decrease of $1,000 in the Overtime line from $3,000 to $2,000, due to re-organization of the office.
  • There is a decrease of $2,000 in the Town Meeting line from $15,000 to $13,000, due to the expectation of decreased need for specific pandemic-related modifications to the Town Meeting format in FY23 (eg. lack of need to rent a tent).
  • There is a request for a new part time Town Hall Administrative Assistant position to support the Health, Building, and Planning Depts with office coverage and projects and to provide administrative support to IT and Facilities, both of which currently have no administrative support. This would be a 19 hour position, overseen by the Town Administrator's Office in the amount of $24,800.