Departments, Boards and Committees

  • ADA Coordinator

    ADA Coordinator - Colleen E.Fermon

    Phone number: 978-356-6606

    Fax number: 978-356-6680

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    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal law that was adopted in 1990. The ADA provides a comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individualswith disabilities in employment, transportation public accommodations, state and municipalgovernment activities and telecommunications. Different parts of the law became effective on different dates.

    Effective January 26, 1992, municipal governments must provide equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in their programs, activities, and services. In addition, cities and towns had to appoint an ADA Coordinator to oversee the municipality’s efforts to comply with the law and handle disability based discrimination complaints.

    For any issue with a town provided service or town owned building you can contact the ADA Coordinator to address the issue.    The ADA Coordinator's office is located in the Public Health Office of Town Hall at 25 Green Street. 

     

     

    PUBLIC NOTICE

     

    The Town of Ipswich does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to or operations of its programs, services or activities. The Town of Ipswich does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices.

    Individuals who need auxiliary aids for effective communication in programs and services of the Town of Ipswich are invited to make their needs known to the ADA Coordinator.

    Copies of the notice are available, upon request, in accessible formats (large print, audiotape, Braille, etc.).

     

     

    Private entities that operate public accommodations, such as hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, dry cleaners, doctors' offices, bowling alleys and amusement parks do not fall under the ADA Coordinator’s purview. Contact the Office of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice at (202) 514-0301, (800) 514-0301 Voice,
    (800) 514-0383 TTY or at www.ada.gov.

     

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  • Agricultural Study Implementation Committee

     

    The Agricultural Study Implementation Committee (ASIC) was formed in 2011 to implement the recommendations of the "Analysis of Ipswich Agriculture and Agricultural Land" completed in 2010.

     

    ASIC Members include: Mark Avenmarg, Don Bowen, Carolyn Britt, Wayne Castonguay, Cathy Chadwick, Sissy ffolliott, Donna Frye, Glenn Hazelton, Charles Hill, Kally Jacklin, Brett Johnson, Nina Kruschwitz, Pat McNally, Julie Meneghini, Just Moller, Tony Murawski, Simone Passarelli, Marie Rodgers, Laura Russell, Kelly Schwenkmeyer, and Betsy Shields. Staff support is provided by Kristen Grubbs and Kathy Connor in the Planning Office.

     

    The "Analysis of Ipswich Agriculture and Agricultural Land" was led by the Agriculture Commission, the Open Space Committee, and the Office of Planning and Development. Walter Cudnohufsky Associates, Inc., (WCA), a landscape architecture and planning firm based in Conway, Mass., worked with the Town on this analysis, which was funded by the Town’s Open Space, Recreation, and Water Supply Protection Fund.

     

    Town planning studies over the past decade show a consistent priority to save working farms as an essential piece of Ipswich character, economy, and open space. Ipswich is interested in the protection of agricultural lands for their conservation value and in working with farmers on conservation objectives. The overwhelming town approval to contribute $2.2 million toward the purchase and preservation of the Maplecroft Farm, and the passage of the Right to Farm bylaw, both at the October 2009 Special Town Meeting, show the degree to which the participating citizens of Ipswich value agricultural lands.

     

    The Town undertook this analysis in recognition both of the importance of agriculture to the local economy and the goals of the Town, and of the growing threats to these endeavors. The goal of the effort was twofold: 1) to preserve lands that are valuable for agricultural use to the greatest extent possible, and 2) to identify the land and business needs of the agricultural community so that the Town can target its land protection and assistance efforts to maximize the economic viability of agriculture in Town. Impediments and threats to agriculture at the local, regional, state and national levels will be analyzed, while the benefits of locally grown food and products for human, ecological, and economic health will be identified. Protecting farmland and keeping farmers working successfully is the goal of these programs and this report is a tool to help the Town play a more effective role in achieving that goal.

     

    Agricultural Study Implementation Committee - Events Calendar

     

     

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  • Agriculture Commission

    Members:

    Kelly Jacklin, Co-Chair, Royce Knowlton, Co-Chair, Diane Cassidy, Donald "Eric" Galicki, Kat Kenney, Augusta Macrokanis and Michael Marini. Bill Cassidy and Laura Russell are alternate members.

    Agriculture Commission

    Established in 2005, the Commission is comprised of seven appointed members as well as several alternate members. It meets the first Wednesday of every month from 7-8pm, generally in conference room C of Town Hall.

    Contact:

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    Agriculture Commission - Events Calendar

    The mission of the Ipswich Agricultural Commission is to support and provide a voice for the significant agricultural community and resources of Ipswich. The Commission represents all forms of agriculture in town including: fruit, vegetable and other food crop growers, animal and dairy food providers, equine facilities, hay operations, florists, nurseries, and aquaculture.

    The mission of the Commission is to:

    • Provide representation for the farming community in town government and in the community
    • Encourage the pursuit of agriculture and agriculturally based economic opportunities in Ipswich
    • Act as a facilitator, advocate, and educator on farming issues
    • Pursue all initiatives appropriate to creating a sustainable agricultural community in Ipswich
    • Promote and encourage farming as a vocation
    • Work with other town committees on issues that face the town
       

    Why would I contact the Agricultural Commission?

    If you are:

    • Looking for information or support for any agricultural issue regarding: wildlife, local and state regulations, economic viability and opportunities, education and advocacy, estate planning, etc.
    • Looking for support on an agricultural issue you are facing with the town or townspeople
    • Interested in participating in the Commission and/or Commission activities
       

     

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  • Board of Assessors News
  • Athletic Fields Study Committee

    The Athletic Fields Study Committee was formed by the Board of Selectmen in 2005 to assess and report on the inventory of athletic playing fields in Ipswich. The committee has continued its work since then, advising the Selectmen on a range of athletic field issues in town. The committee meets bi-monthly.

     

    2013 Committee Members:

    Ken Swenson, Chair

    Kerrie Bates

    John Galanis

    John Gillis

    Barry Hopping

    Liz Lombard

    Nishan Mootafian

    Carl Nylen

    Jeff Putur

     


     

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  • Board of Assessors


    CHIEF ASSESSOR
    Robin Nolan
    Email: Robin Nolan
    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
    Carol Thurber
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    25 Green Street
    Ipswich, MA 01938
    Phone: (978) 356-6603 Fax: (978) 356-6662
    Town Hall is open Mondays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays – Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. Offices are closed on weekends and holidays.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Board of Assessors meets every Monday evening from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and is responsible for the valuation of all real estate and personal property in Ipswich. The Board hears all appeals filed on real estate and personal property and administers all Motor Vehicle and Boat Excise Tax bills. All abatements for Motor Vehicle and Boat Excise Tax are processed through the Board of Assessors. Statutory exemptions which include senior citizens, veterans, widows and widowers, and individuals classified as legally blind are also processed through the Board.

     

    The Fiscal Year 2014 tax rate for Ipswich was approved by the Department of Revenue at $13.43 per thousand, an increase of $.13 per thousand. The values that appear on the Patriot Properties web page are for Fiscal Year 2014. The Board analyzes all qualified sales and makes annual interim adjustments to keep our assessed values as close to market as possible. Since we have to use 2012 calendar sales for Fiscal Year 2014, we are always lagging behind the market. The Board also keeps property ownership updated from deeds recorded at the Essex Registry of Deeds in Salem, Massachusetts. Tax maps are also updated from plans recorded at the Registry of Deeds.

     

    Since July 2004, property values have been available for viewing on-line directly through ipswich.patriotproperties.com, or indirectly through the Town’s web site, www.ipswichma.gov, through the property assessment data link.

     

    Helpful Hint: If you encounter difficulty when searching by street name in Patriot Properties, try entering just the first few letters of the street instead of the whole street name and do not include street number.

     

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  • Board of Health News
  • Board of Selectmen

    Board of Selectmen

    From Left to Right: Charles D. Surpitski, V-Chair; Shirley A. Berry; William M. Craft, Chair;

    Judy A. Field; Nishan D. Mootafian

     

    Send Questions and Comments to: Selectmen

     

    About Us

    As the elected Chief Executive body for the Town of Ipswich, the Board of Selectmen's duties include appointing the Town Manager and many committees, issuing certain licenses and permits, enforcing special sections of the Town By-laws, and regulating the public ways.  The Board of Selectmen meet the first and third Monday of every month.  If the first or third Monday falls on a holiday, the Board of Selectmen will meet on Tuesday.

     

    MEETING PACKETS can be found under MEETING INFORMATION below.

     

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  • Building Department


    James A. Sperber, Director/Building Inspector

    Email: Jim Sperber
     

    Eric Colville, Assistant Building Inspector

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    Heather Farley, Administrative Assistant

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    Telephone:  978-356-6605

    Fax:  978-356-6680

    Office Hours:

    Monday

    8AM-7PM

     

    Tuesday-Thursday

    8AM-4PM

     

    Friday

    8AM-12PM

     

    [LINK] Online Permit Application

     

     


     

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  • Cemetery/Parks

     

                                                  Jeff Putur, Superintendent

                                                          Email: Jeff Putur

                                                          Cindy Hale, Clerk

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                                                    Telephone: 978-356-6643

                                                         Fax: 978-356-6616
                                                      

    Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 9am - 1pm
    Office Location: 29 Town Farm Road in the Cowles/Highland Cemetery

    Cemetery

    & Parks

    Commissioners:

    James Graffum - Chairman
    Theodore Lemieux
    Harry Argeropoulos

    Cemetery

    Locations:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Park

    Locations:

                              Cowles Memorial

                          29 Town Farm Rd

    Highland                                    New Highland

    29 Town Farm Rd                          29 Town Farm Rd

    Locust                                       South Side

    1 Locust Road                              75 County Road

    New Linebrook                           Old Linebrook

    405 Linebrook Rd                          2 Newbury Rd

    Highland Annex                                Old North

    17 Fowlers Lane                           63 High Street

     

                                     

     Bialek Park                                       Daniel Boone Park

    17 Linebrook Road                        Spring Street

     Father Ryc Park                        Giles Firman Park

     29 Kimball Street                         94 County Road

     Great Neck Park                              Howe Memorial Park

     128 Littleneck Road                     11 Howe Street

                                                                                                                    

     

     

                                *** No dogs allowed in cemeteries or parks *** 

     

                                  Download Cemetery Fees: [PDF] Cemetery Fees

     


     

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  • Code Enforcement

    James A. Sperber, Director

    Email: Jim Sperber
     

    Telephone:  978-356-6605

    Fax:  978-356-6680

    Office Hours:

    Monday

    8AM-7PM

     

    Tuesday-Thursday

    8AM-4PM

     

    Friday

    8AM-12PM

     

    Enforcement of the regulations of the Massachusetts State Building Code, and the Ipswich Zoning Bylaw is the responsibility of this office.  Building Permits, Certificates of Use / Occupancy, and Annual Inspection Certificates are all issued by this department.  All the applications and forms for the Building Department are available on this Website or in the office. We are located on the first floor of Town Hall on the Green St. side of the building. 

    We maintain regular Town Hall hours and for your convenience try to remain open during the lunch hour (staff permitting).  We also have a menu-driven telephone system.  This system allows you to go directly to the person to whom you wish to speak, or their voicemail if they are unavailable. 

    There is also an extension number specifically for inspection requests.  This is an automated line only so please follow the prompt when leaving your request.  This is the most efficient way for us to process your request so please use this line rather than contacting an individual. Please refer to "How to Schedule a Construction Progress Inspection".

    Our staff includes administrative personnel, who can answer most of your procedural or non-technical questions and are available throughout the business day.  The Building Inspectors are capable of answering all of your questions.

    Whether you are a resident or contractor, we work toward making your interaction with this department pleasant and efficient. The next pages contain specific information about interacting with the building department and list requirements for some of the tasks that fall under its jurisdiction.  We have also provided a Building Department - FAQ's for your convenience.

    Building permit application forms are located in a wall rack in the hallway outside the office.

     

    Department Links To:

    Building Department

    Electrical Inspector

    Plumbing and Gas Inspector

     


     

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  • Conservation

      

    Next Speaker Series:

    Our next speaker series is October 8th on Edible Wild Plants and Mushrooms Program at 7 p.m. in Room "A" with Russ Cohen from the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game Division of Ecological Restoration.

     

     

    CONSERVATION AGENT
     Alicia Geilen
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    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
    Gail Surpitski
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    25 Green Street
    Ipswich, MA 01938
    Phone: (978) 356-6661 | Fax: 978-356-6616

     


    Conservation Commission

    Office Hours

    MONDAY

    9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

     

    TUESDAY

    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

     

    WEDNESDAY

    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

     

    THURSDAY

    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

     

    FRIDAY

    9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

     

     

    LEAVING MATERIALS:

    If office is unattended, materials (Filing and/or documents or plans) may be left inside on the conference room table.

    If office is closed, materials (Filings and/or documents or plans) may be left in the white bin on the door or in the Planning Office on the first floor.

     

     

    The Ipswich Conservation Commission

    Conservation is a department of:
    "The Division of the Planning and Development"

    The Ipswich Wetlands Protection Bylawwas established in 1990 by the voters of the Town to protect the wetlands, public and private water supplies, ground water and surface water, flood plains/flood control, storm water damage prevention, erosion or sedimentation control, water pollution prevention, fisheries land containing shellfish, wildlife habitat, thus protecting the quality of life in Ipswich. It was last updated in July 2001, so that is the version to rely upon

    The Conservation Commission is an eight member, volunteer board who’ve been appointed to protect and uphold the state and local wetland regulations.

    The Conservation Commission generally meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Selectmen’s Room A, second floor of Town Hall, 25 Green Street, unless otherwise posted. Refer to 2014 Meeting Schedule for the current year schedule. The meeting dates typically change in November and December to avoid the major holidays

     

     

    Openspace Guidelines

     

    Posted 1/23/12 In 2011, the Planning Department with the assistance of Conservation Commission staff and members initiated a State grant-supported project to ascertain if the five communities (Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Newbury and Rowley) with lands in the Great Marsh ACEC desired to cooperate in developing a comprehensive protective and management strategy for that Area of Critical Environmental Concern. The document entitled, Great Marsh Options Plan is the result of those efforts.  

     


     

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  • Collector/Treasurer

    COLLECTOR/TREASURER
    Kevin Merz
    Contact: Kevin Merz

    ASSISTANT COLLECTOR/TREASURER
    Corinna Warner
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    25 Green Street
    Ipswich, MA 01938
    Phone: (978) 356-6610    Fax: (978) 356-6697

    Town Hall is open Mondays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays – Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. Offices are closed on weekends and holidays.

     

    Go to the Online Services tab at the top of the page to Pay Tax Bills, Beach Stickers, and Parking Tickets.  

     

     

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  • Council on Aging

     

    Sheila Taylor, Council on Aging Director

     

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    Telephone: 978-356-6650

    Fax: 978-356-6676

    Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00AM - 4:00PM
    25 Green St. Ipswich MA 01938
     
    "OUR MISSION"

    To advocate for Ipswich senior citizens and to design, implement and promote programs and services that support their independence, health and well-being. All senior residents of Ipswich are invited to participate in the many scheduled activities and programs that have been developed for your enjoyment and benefit.

    Newsletters can be found by clicking here or on the icon below

     

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  • Electrical Inspector

    David Levesque, Sr., Inspector of Wires

     

    Donald E. Galicki, Alternate Inspector of Wires


    Fax: (978) 356-6680

     

    The Inspector of Wires, David Levesque Sr., is a part-time inspector for the Town of Ipswich. Electric permits can be applied for online by going to the Town of Ipswich's main web page or by using the Online Permit Application link below. The online permitting link is located on the upper left hand side of the page. Questions relating to permit fees or the electric permitting process should be directed to (978) 356-6605 extension 8.

    Electric inspections are conducted on Mondays and Wednesdays between roughly 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and Thursdays between roughly 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. To schedule an inspection, electricians need to contact the inspection “hotline” before 8:00 AM the day of the request at (978) 356-6605 extension 1 and leave all requested information.  PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE INSPECTION REQUESTS ON THE ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR'S EXTENSION LINE. 

    ***Please note that high voltage and meter locations are to be pulled at the Ipswich Utilities.

     


     

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  • Finance

    Rita Negri, Finance Director

    Contact: Rita Negri

     

    Stephanie Frontiera, Asst Town Accountant

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    Laurie Rice, Payroll & Benefits

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    Cori Thurlow, Accounts Payable

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    Telephone: 978-356-6601

    Fax: 978-356-6616

    Office Hours:

    Monday

    8AM-7PM

     

    Tuesday-Thursday

    8AM-4PM

     

    Friday

    8AM-12PM

     

    The Finance Director is the chief financial advisor to the Town Manager. She is responsible for debt service, insurance benefits and other miscellaneous budgets. She submits revenue projections for budget purposes; meets with the Town Manager and department heads to review expenditure budgets; determines base budgets for the next budget cycle. She provides advice to the selectmen, finance committee and the school committee of any significant changes in the town’s financial condition and changes in the legislation affecting municipal finances.

    The Town Accountant’s Office consists of four full time staff, a full time Town Accountant who serves as Finance Director, Assistant Town Accountant, Payroll/Benefits Clerk, and Accounts Payable Clerk. The Accounting Department is responsible for processing the payroll for all employees, processing invoices for vendor payments and preparing all W-2 and 1099 forms at the end of the year in compliance with IRS regulations.


    The Town Accountant’s Office maintains all of the accounting records for the Town revenues and expenditures; ensures that reconciliations are performed between applicable departments; assists in providing information on benefits available to employees and oversees the operation of the Town financial computer system.

     


     

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  • Finance Committee

    Mission:  The Finance Committee’s mission is to make objective recommendations to Town Meeting on all warrant articles. The Committee is also responsible for reviewing every matter before town meeting and has broad authority to investigate town operations and to summon public officials to appear and produce documents.   By doing so, the Finance Committee seeks to ensure the long term financial health of town government.  The Committee reviews and considers any matter which may have a long- or short-term fiscal impact on the town and communicates with other Town boards, departments, employees, and members of the public for the purpose of gathering relevant and accurate information.  The Finance Committee is charged by the Town Charter with providing annual report to every registered voter in Ipswich prior to the annual town meeting.

     

    Meeting Times and Location:  The Committee generally meets on the second Tuesday of the month year round.  During the budget season (February – May), meetings are twice or three times a week.  Meetings are usually held in Town Hall, Meeting Room A.  Check the Town Website calendar for times, locations and agendas.

     

    Contact:  Fincom

     

    2014 Finance Committee Members:

    Jamie M. Fay, Mitch Feldman, Richard Howard, Ingrid Miles, Michael Schaaf - Chair, Marion Swan, Robert White, Kevin Murphy. and Janice Skelton

     

    Finance Committee - Events Calendar

     

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  • Health

     

    DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH

    Colleen E. Fermon

    Email: Colleen Fermon

    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

    Jennifer Brown

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    PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE

    Pamela Lara

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    25 Green Street
    Ipswich, MA 01938
    Phone: (978) 356-6606
    Fax: (978) 356-6680
    Town Hall is open Mondays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays – Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. Offices are closed on weekends and holidays.

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    The Ipswich Board of Health is comprised of three members appointed by the Town Manager for 3 year staggered terms. The Board of Health meets once a month. Current Board members are Susan Hubbard, Chairperson, Dr. Spencer Amesbury and Charles Hill.

    The Town Manager appoints the Director of Public Health. The Department of Public Health carries out the duties and responsibilities of the Board of Health conferred or imposed by law.

    The Public Health Nurse is responsible for disease prevention and disease surveillance activities and offers monthly wellness clinics that are free for residents of all ages. At the wellness clinics, the Public Health Nurse provides blood pressure, heart rate and body weight checks and is available to answer any medication or other health related questions you may have. Contact Pamela Lara, Public Health Nurse, at 978-356-1654.

    Public Health Overview 2014

    The Ipswich Board of Health is responsible for the enforcement of State Sanitary Codes, State Environmental Codes, and Board of Health Regulations. Areas of responsibility include:

    Air Pollution, Bathing Beaches, Beavers, Body Art Establishments & Practitioners, Food Establishments, Funeral Director's, Disease Prevention and Surveillance, Emergency Preparedness, Household Hazardous Waste, Housing, Mosquito Control, Motels, Pesticides, Private Supply Wells, Public and Semi-Public Swimming Pools, Recreational Camps For Children, Septic Systems and Septage, Smoking and Tobacco, & Tanning Facilities.

    How to handle a food emergency: [PDF] Guidance for Emergency Action Planning for Retail Food Establishments.

    Here is some Personal Preparedness Planning information to help you develop your plan for emergencies and disasters for individuals, family, and businesses.
    If you want to be able to assist your community during an emergency, now is the time to register.Registering is as simple as logging on to https://maresponds.org and selecting “Register Now.”


    All of the Applications and Forms for the Ipswich Board of Health are available on the Board of Health Applications page or on the individual pages dealing with the topic the application is for as well as the Documents link.

    Get rid of your unwanted medications Ipswich Prescription Drug Disposal Program.

     

    Effective July 1, 2012, there is statewide ban on the disposal of needles, syringes and lancets (sharps) in household trash. Proper Use and Disposal of Needles and Syringes
    You can drop off sharps at the the Ipswich Police Department.


    Here is a listing of the Ipswich Board of Health [PDF] Schedule of Fees.

    Things you should know about the Flu: [PDF] Flu Facts.

     

    Sun Safety Facts and Information: Sun Safety Overview PPT, July is National UV Safety Month

     

    Prostate Health [PDF] Prostate Health Start the Conversation brochure

                              [PDF] What You Need to Know about Prostate Cancer

     

    Mosquito Information

    [PDF] 2014 BMP-IPSWICH  [PDF] Mosquito Control Best Management Practice Plan, [PDF] EEE Fact Sheet, [PDF] Mosquito-Repellents, [PDF] WNV Fact Sheet, [PDF] faq-mosquitoes, [PDF] mosquito-spraying FAQ, [PDF] Duet Pesticide label, [PDF] Duet Pesticide MSDS, [PDF] Protect from Mosquitoes (Ipswich)

     

    Tick information [PDF] tick-poster-check  [PDF] tickhandbook

     

    The Board of Health also oversees the Sealer of Weights & Measures.

     

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  • Historical Commision

     

    The Ipswich Historical Commission meets in the Mary P. Conley Room (bottom floor) at Ipswich Town Hall, 7:30 pm on the second Monday evening of each month. When the second Monday falls on a holiday, the meeting will be the next Monday. The public is welcome. Email the Commission at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
     

     

    The members of the Historical Commission are:

     

        John Fiske, Chair     

        Gordon Harris, Vice-Chair                 

                            Laura Gresh, Secretary 

                            Alvin Boynton                          

                            Stephen Miles

                            Bryan Townsend

                            Casey Wright

                            Ruth Strachan, Alternate

                            Jeffrey Anderson, Alternate

               

    The Ipswich Historical Commission has information on historic houses, the Mary P. Conley award, historic publications, and and much more on their website here: http://www.historicipswich.org/

     

    For information on the proposed Architectural Preservation District (APD):

    http://www.historicipswich.org/architectural-preservation-district/

     

    Other links of interest:

    First Period Homes of Ipswich Walking Tour brochure: [PDF] First Period Home brochure

    Interactive map of historic houses - Special Thanks to Gordon Harris

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  • Frontpage News
  • Human Resources

    Human Resources Department

     

    Contact: Jennifer Breaker - Human Resources Director

     

    Telephone: 978-356-6602

    Fax: 978-356-6616

         

    Office Hours:

    Monday

    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

      Tuesday-Thursday

    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

      Friday

    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

     

    Job applications and resumes are only accepted for positions that are currently advertised.  Please see available job opputunities below. A completed Town of Ipswich application is required to apply for any open position.

     

    Click here for employment application: [PDF] Town of Ipswich Employment Application

     

    Click here for information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

     

     


    Employment Opportunities

         

    Wastewater Plant Operations Mechanic

    Town of Ipswich seeks qualified candidates for full-time) union position of Wastewater Plant Operations Mechanic. Skilled work in the operation of a wastewater treatment plant, pump stations and collection system on an assigned shift. Work involves computerized maintenance tracking, preventative, and corrective maintenance for the operation of pumps, compressors, chemical feed mixers, & other appurtenances at the wastewater treatment plant and all pump stations to maintain compliance with all applicable local, state & federal laws. Candidates must possess a minimum of a Grade 4C (Grade 5C Preferred) Commonwealth of Massachusetts Wastewater Operators Certification equivalent and have at least 2 years of operation and analytical experience at a similarly rated plant.  Candidates should also have valid driver’s license, ability to obtain a CDL Class “B” w/ hydraulic endorsement within 1 year of employment, High School Diploma or equivalent trade school certificate, supplemented by successful completion of specialized training courses in wastewater treatment operations.  Complete job description is available by clicking on the following link [PDF] Wastewater Operations Mechanic JD-Feb2014.  Hourly position (7:00 am to 3:30 pm, M-F, weekends/holidays/emergency response/on-call on a rotating basis) starting at $25.49/hour - $28.25/hour DOE.

     

    To apply please send a completed Town application (available at www.ipswichma.gov), cover letter and resume to Jennifer Breaker, HR Director, 25 Green Street, Ipswich MA 01938 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.  An EEO/AA employer.

     

     

    Open Space Program Manager

    Town of Ipswich seeks qualified candidates for the part-time (24 hrs/wk) exempt position of Open Space Program Manager. Position oversees the Town’s open space plans and initiatives;manages the Open Space Bond Program and other open space funds; works closely with boards & committees on matters that involved open space interests; and provides guidance for the Stewardship Coordinator.Candidates should have bachelor’s degree, at least three years of experience with land acquisition and conservation, possess strong organizational & communication skills, the ability to manage multiple projects & tasks, communicate with constituents effectively, knowledge of GIS, and excellent computer skills. Reports to Director of Planning & Development. Complete job description is available by clicking on the following link: [PFD]Open Space Program Manager - Job Description - July2014 . Competitive salary; compensation depends on qualifications.

     

    To apply please complete a Town application (available at www.ipswichma.gov), cover letter and resume to Jennifer Breaker, HR Director, 25 Green Street, Ipswich MA 01938 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.  An EEO/AA employer.

     

    Recording Secretary - Part Time

    The Town of Ipswich seeks qualified and detail-oriented individuals to perform the administrative duties of Recording Secretary for the Board of Selectmen.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to: taking accurate transcription of meeting minutes and attending all meetings of the board or commission. Applicants must be available to work evenings, possess excellent verbal, communication & computer skills and have their own laptop. Complete job description is available at www.ipswichma.gov. This is a part-time position averaging 2-3 meetings per month, $110.00 per meeting. All applicants must submit a Town of Ipswich application to Jennifer Breaker, HR Director, 25 Green Street, Ipswich MA 01938 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Applications will be accepted until position is filled. An EEO/AA employer.

     

    Thank you for your interest in the Town of Ipswich.

     


     

  • Ipswich Cultural Council

     

    The Ipswich Cultural Council is a Local Cultural Council (LCC) and part of municipal government with the members of the Council appointed by the Board of Selectmen.  The funds for the grants are an allocation of public dollars from the state through the MCC (Massachusetts Cultural Council) provided by the Governor and State Legislature. The council also does some additional fundraising to benefit the grant allocations.

     

    Barta Hathaway - Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

     

    Council members:

    Kathy Bonnar Dave Carpenter
    Miriam Novogrodsky Gail Doktor
    Marie Mancinelli Mike Souter
    Terri Unger Jane Ward


    Mission Statement:

    The Ipswich Cultural Council connects and supports art, culture and community through access, education, advocacy and celebration.

     

    News:

     

    LCC Grant Applications

     

    Applications are available below to download. Additional information, forms and criteria can be found at the Massachusetts Cultural Council website.

     

    Grant Application Workshop

    The ICC will be holding a grant-writing workshop for any anyone interested at the Ipswich Public Library on Wednesday September 10th from 7 – 8 pm.

     

    Deadline:Grants must be received by Wednesday October 15th to be considered

     

    Mail grants to: Barta Hathaway, 6 Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich MA 01938

    If you have any questions please contact Barta Hathaway at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

     

    2014 Ipswich Arts & Illumination Celebration – October 3rd, 4th and 5th

     

    Applicationsfor the Art Show will be available after August 15th in the Town Hall, Ipswich Library and on line after August 15th-

     

    Deadline:Applications to participate must be turned in by Monday September 22nd.

     

    Dropoff:Art work must be dropped off at the show on Wednesday October 1st between 4-6p.m. at Ipswich Town Hall. See application for details.

     

    Details of the event will be in the Ipswich Chronicle and facebook in mid -late September.

     

    If you have any questions please contact Barta Hathaway at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

     

    Like us on Facebook

     

     

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  • New Feoffees

    Committee Overview

    The Trust: Upon his death in 1660, William Paine bequeathed the 36 acres of Little Neck to a trust to benefit the “school of Ipswich forever”. On August 10, 2012, per a court settlement and trust administration order, the land of Little Neck was sold to cottage owners who had been land tenants. This sale converted the real estate assets to an investment trust and changed the Trust governance. The beneficiary of the Trust continues to be the Ipswich Public Schools.

    The formal name of the newly reconstituted trust is ”Feoffees of the Grammar School in the Town of Ipswich Trust”. It is governed by seven “New Feoffees”: two community members appointed by each of the Board of Selectman, the Finance Committee and the School Committee,and a seventh appointed by the “old Feoffees.”The initial New Feoffees are Ipswich residents Tracy Filosa, George Markos, Tom Reardon, Greg Stevens, Joe Tragert, Peter Twining and Seth Ward.

     

    Mission: According to the Trust Administration Order dated December 23, 2011, the mission of the Trust is:

     

    In furtherance of the bequest in 1660 by William Paine who established this Trust “to be and remain to the benefit of the said school of Ipswich forever,” the Trust purpose is to support the Ipswich Public Schools. The educational uses of the distributed funds shall be determined by the Ipswich School Committee, for supplemental enrichment programs and uses that provide educational enhancement for Ipswich public school students.

    The New Feoffees pledge to adhere to “best practices” for charitable trusts; to provide complete transparency to the citizens of Ipswich; and to be in open and regular communication with the School Committee, Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee. The group is committed to establishing and implementing prudent policies and procedures to grow the corpus, distribute funds, hire professional service providers and report to stakeholders. The New Feoffees will operate to balance the interests of present and future generations of Ipswich school children, so that theTrust fulfills Mr. Paine’s intent to support the schools in perpetuity.

     

    Meeting Times and Locations: Please check with the Town Website calendar for times, locations and agendas.

     

    Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

     

    Related Links:

    • Press Releases
    • History
    • Trust Assets, Financial Model
    • Policies
    • Minutes
    • About the New Feoffees
    • Legal and Historical Documents:
      • Settlement Agreement
      • Trust Administration Order
      • Judgment

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    Legal and Historical DocumentsLegal and Historical Documents

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  • Open Space

    The Open Space Program is located in the Planning Department office in Town Hall, and is staffed by the Open Space Program Manager (currently vacant) , and Beth O'Connor the Open Space Stewardship Coordinator.

     

    Telephone: 978-356-6607 Fax: 978-356-6682

     

    In the spring of 2000, the Ipswich Annual Town Meeting authorized a $10 million Open Space Bond for the protection of land for open space, water supply protection, and recreation. Subsequently, the Board of Selectmen created and appointed members to an Open Space Bond Steering Committee to make recommendations on how the program should be administered. One of the recommendations included the hiring of a Program Manager to oversee acquisitions to the Open Space Program. Additionally, as properties have been acquired, the Open Space Program recognized the need for additional staff to properly coordinate the stewardship of the town’s acquisitions, which led to the hiring of the Open Space Stewardship Coordinator in 2003. In 2011, the Town approved an additional $5 million authorization for the purpose of open space acquisitions and also for costs related to development of properties for recreational uses.

     

    Presently, the Open Space Program is staffed by the Open Space Program Manager, the Open Space Stewardship Coordinator, and the MassLIFT AmeriCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator. In addition, the Open Space Program funds additional labor through the Parks & Cemetery Division in the form of a Seasonal Laborer for open space property stewardship and maintenance.

     

     

  • Planning & Development

    Planning Department, Town Hall

    25 Green Street
    Ipswich, MA 01938
    Phone: (978) 356-6607 | Fax: 978-356-6682

    The Department of Planning & Development guides the development and conservation of land in Ipswich via the regulatory process, the preparation and implementation of long-range plans, and by providing support and guidance to the following boards and commissions: Agricultural CommissionAffordable Housing Partnership, Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board, Community Development Plan Implementation Task Force, Conservation Commission, Design Review Board, Historical Commission, Open Space Committee, Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

     

    Divisions under the Planning and Development Department are as follows:

    Affordable Housing Program

    Conservation Office

    Open Space Program

    Planning Office

    ZBA Administration

     

    Planning & Department staff are:

    Glenn Gibbs, Planning Director

    Kathy Connor, Associate Planner

    Terry Anderson, Affordable Housing Coordinator

    Open Space Program Manager (currently vacant)

    Beth O'Connor, Open Space Stewardship Coordinator

    Marie Rodgers, Administrative Assistant to the Zoning Board of Appeals

    Alicia Geilan, Conservation Agent

    Gail Surpitski, Planning and Conservation Assistant


    Information on how to navigate the Town's permitting process: Development Guidebook

    *New for 2014*: 2014 Planning Board submission deadlines

    For information about the Town's Open Space Program

    Subdivision Regulations: Subdivision Rules and Regulations - last revised July 2013

    Zoning By-Laws: Zoning Bylaw Fall 2013

    Regulations & Applications: Regulations & Application Forms

    Reports & Other Documents: Documents, Other

    Choose these links for the Community Development Plan, amendments to the Plan and the Town Character Statement.
     

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  • Plant and Facilities

    Bill Hodge, Director

    Contact: Bill Hodge X1004

     

    Jane Spellman, Coordinator

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    Telephone: 978-356-2030

           Fax: 978-356-6616

    Office Hours:

    Monday

     8AM-7PM

     

    Tuesday-Thursday

     8AM-4PM

      Friday

     8AM-12PM


    Town Hall Solar Power Stats
     

    Town Hall Facilities Use Procedures

     

  • Plumbing and Gas Inspector


    Robert Hyde, Plumbing & Gas Inspector

     

    Kevin Lombard, Alternate Plumbing & Gas Inspector

     

    Plumbing and Gas Inspector Robert "Bob" Hyde is a part-time inspector for the Town of Ipswich.  Plumbing and Gas Permits may be applied for online by going to the Town of Ipswich's main web page on the upper left hand corner of the page or by using the Online Permit Application link below.  Questions relating to permit fees or the plumbing and gas permitting process should be directed to: 978-356-6605 X 8.

    To Schedule an Inspection:  Plumbers & Gasfitters  may call Robert "Bob" Hyde, between 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at (978) 471-8264 to schedule a plumbing or gas inspection.  Please, no calls from homeowners.
     

     


     

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  • Public Works

    2014 Trash And Recycling Calendar

     

    DPW DIRECTOR
    Rick Clarke
    Contact: Rick Clarke

    OPERATIONS MANAGER
    Frank Ventimiglia
    Contact: Frank Ventimiglia

    DPW CLERK
    Michele Young
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    RECYCLING COORDINATOR

    Marlene Faria Connelly

    Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    or JRM Customer Service for Trash and Recycling questions: 978 536 2500.

    25 Green Street
    Ipswich, MA 01938
    Phone: (978) 356-6612 | Fax: (978) 356-6616

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Click on the following link to send a DPW Work Request via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

     

    POTHOLE REPAIRS

    The Public Works department is currently in the process of performing pothole repairs throughout Town. We will be focusing our efforts on the main roads and working our way back to local roads. If you would like to report a pothole please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

     

    The DPW has recently contracted with CDM Smith to conduct an analysis of the flood impacts to Jeffrey's Neck Road and provide some alternatives analysis for improving the flooding problem on Jeffrey's Neck Road. To view the complete report please click the following link: Jeffreys Neck Road Flood Assessment

     

     

    SPECIAL TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20!

     

    HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION is Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Transfer Station from 9 AM to noon

    See below for a list of acceptable and unacceptable items.

     

    STYROFOAM AND ELECTRONICS COLLECTION is Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Ipswich Middle School from 9 AM to noon

    See below for a list of acceptable items.

    ACCEPTABLE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE MATERIALS

    The following is a representative list of the types of materials that will be accepted at each collection.

     

    Household Bathroom

    oil-based paint, varnish, stain, shellac, paint strippers toilet cleaners

    turpentine, paint thinners medicine

    wood preservatives cosmetics

    dry-cell batteries nail polish remover

    metal cleaners, ammonia cleaners hair color

    furniture, floor, and metal polishes aerosol deodorant

    floor care products/wax stripper

    rug & upholstery cleaners

    Kitchen/Laundry

    aerosol cans lighter fluid

    solvent adhesives oven cleaners

    acids moth balls/crystal

    hobby supplies (rubber cement, airplane glue, etc.) drain cleaners

    photography chemicals chlorine bleach

    chemistry set chemicals brighteners

    flammable liquids, fire starters spray starch

    artist supplies spot removers

    fiberglass resins detergents

    2,4,5 trichlorophenoxyacetic softeners

    mercury bearing waste whiteners

    (such as elemental mercury, thermostats, thermometers,

    fluorescent lamps, and mercury switches)

    Lawn/Garden Automotive

    insecticides car batteries

    pesticides oil filters

    poisons tire cleaners

    herbicides radiator flush

    weed killers transmission fluid

    fungicides degreasers

    fertilizers carburetor cleaner

    flea/tick powder engine solvents

    no-pest strips antifreeze

    cesspool cleaners brake fluid

    flammable liquids waste fuels (gasoline, oil, kerosene)

    fire starters

     

    UNACCEPTABLE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

     

    The following is a list of materials which will not be accepted as hazardous waste at each collection. Some, however, may be collected as single stream materials or included as part of per car cost.

     

    explosives or any ordnance

    medical waste (biomedical and pharmaceutical)

    PCBs

    radioactive material (including smoke detectors)

    materials with no hazardous constituents

    tires

    empty or partially empty propane tanks*

    cathode ray tubes, electronics*

    latex paint**

     

    * may be collected as single stream materials

     

     

    Styrofoam and Electronics Special Collection
    Saturday, September 20

    9 AM to Noon at Ipswich Middle School

    • Audio/visual equipment (VCRs, DVDs, CD players) $5
    • Cell phones and PDAs $5
    • Computer drives and storage devices (floppy drivers, CD-ROMs, hard drives) $5
    • Consumer electronics $5
    • Computer monitors $10
    • Computers and laptops $5
    • Copiers $5
    • Computer peripherals (keyboards, mice and cables) $5
    • Printers and multifunction devices $5
    • Digital cameras and camcorders $5
    • Electronic typewriters $5
    • Fax machines $5
    • Gaming systems $5
    • Microwave ovens $5
    • Networking equipment (routers, switches, hubs, etc.) $5
    • Power supplies $5
    • Projection equipment $5
    • Scanners $5
    • Servers and server racks $5
    • Small electronic appliances $5
    • Small electronic toys $5
    • Telephones and telephone equipment $5
    • Televisions $15
    • UPS (uninterrupted power supply) batteries $5

    All collected items are recycled and storage devices are shredded.

     

     

     

    RECYCLE TEXTILES AND BOOKS AT THE TRANSFER STATION

    AMERICAN RED CROSS TEXTILES DONATION BOX

    MORE THAN WORDS BOOKS DONATION BOX

     

    The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts appreciates the public’s donations of used clothing, shoes, and household linens as a way of generating funds. Donate your CLEAN AND DRY items at the Red Cross bin located at the Ipswich Transfer Station. These items are then sold through a vendor and a portion of the proceeds benefits the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

    Ripped or stained clothing and linens are accepted as long as they are CLEAN AND DRY.

     

    Need to recycle books? Take your newer books to the Ipswich Library to donate to their used book sales. You can also donate books (CLEAN AND DRY) in the More Than Words collection box at the Transfer Station on Wednesdays or Saturdays. More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.

     

     

    2014/2015 Trash and Recycling Calendar

    Click the link above to access the 2014/2015 Trash and Recycling Calendar, which includes dates of delayed trash pickup due to holidays and types of items that can be recycled. Recycling saves the Town of Ipswich and YOU money!

     

    WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED AT THE TRANSFER STATION?

    Scrap Metal, Rigid Plastics, Fluorescent Bulbs, Waste Cooking Oil,

    Books, Cardboard, Yard Waste, Textiles, Shrink Wrap

    180 Town Farm Road, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM

    Open to residents with beach sticker or transfer station permit (free to residents)

     

    NoTVs, monitors, or hazardous material will be accepted.

    Nomotor oil containers, spray paint, or oil-based paint

     

    SCRAP METAL

    The Scrap Metal Dumpster is for items that are more than 60% metal.

    Household items include toasters, water heaters, refrigerators, washers, dryers, trash compactors, stoves, space heaters, humidifiers, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, metal and cast iron sinks, AC units, boilers, metal bed frames, lamps, silverware, pots, pans, and exercise equipment – anything that is more than 60% metal.

    Outside items include lawn mowers, tools, grills, bikes, metal swing sets, chain link fence, propane tanks with tops off only, metal window frames, and siding.

    Automotive items include car batteries, tires with rims only, metal auto parts

    Large items include cars or construction equipment, which can be removed by special arrangement with the DPW.

     

    RIGID PLASTICS

    The Rigid Plastics Dumpster is for household items such as buckets, laundry baskets, plastic toys and playhouses, coolers, dish strainers, milk crates, plastic shelving units, flower pots, totes, and coat hangers. This type of plastic is not recyclable curbside and does not have the recycling symbol and number on it.

     

    FLUORESCENT tubes and CFL bulbs (unbroken) are now collected during regular Transfer Station hours. The mercury found in these lamps is reclaimed and reused.

     

    WASTE COOKING OIL

    Waste Cooking Oil is a collection of all animal and vegetable oils. Place your sealed container (such as a mayonnaise or spaghetti sauce jar) in the 55-gallon drum. No pouring off, please! Oils will be made into biodiesel fuel. No motor oil!

     

    CARDBOARD

    Cardboard and paper (including large cardboard items) can be dropped off in the cardboard dumpster. The dumpster is available for all residents, including those residents who do not have curbside pickup.

     

    BOOKS

    Need to recycle books? Take your newer books to the Ipswich Library to donate to their used book sales. You can also donate books (CLEAN AND DRY) in the More Than Words collection box at the Transfer Station on Wednesdays or Saturdays.

     

    YARD WASTE

    Yard waste can be brought to the Transfer Station for composting. No rocks, logs or stumps, please!

     

    TEXTILES IN THE AMERICAN RED CROSS COLLECTION BOX

    The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts appreciates the public’s donations of used clothing, shoes, and household linens as a way of generating funds. Donate your items at the American Red Cross collection box at the Ipswich Transfer Station. These items will then be sold through a vendor and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

    Ripped or stained clothing and linens ARE accepted as long as they are CLEAN AND DRY.

     

    SHRINK WRAP

    Seasonal collection is from April 1 through June 30 for clean, rolled up shrink wrap.

     

    Special collections happen twice per year on Saturdays in May and September. Check the DPW website for dates. Call the DPW to make an appointment to drop off your oil-based paints, tires and related items. The Household Hazardous Waste collection is in September.

     

     

     

     

    WATCH FOR THESE ANNUAL EVENTS IN IPSWICH

     

    September 20, 2014 DPW Special Collection (tires, oil-based paints and thinners) and

    Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Transfer Station 9 AM to noon

     

    February 7, 2015 Styrofoam and Electronics at Ipswich Middle School 9 AM to noon

     

    May 16, 2015 DPW Special Collection (tires, oil-based paints and thinners) at the Transfer Station 9 AM to noon

    at the TRANSat Styrofoam and Electronics at Ipswich Middle School 9 AM to noon

     

    September 19, 2015 DPW Special Collection (tires, oil-based paints and thinners) and

    Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Transfer Station 9 AM to noon

     

     

    CURBSIDE COMPOSTING!

     

    The Town of Ipswich and the Recycling Advisory Committee offer weekly curbside collection of food waste (kitchen scraps, including dairy, meat and bones), grass clippings, kitty litter (natural only), soiled paper (tissues, paper towels, pizza box inserts) and other organic materials.

     

    This service is available to residents for a fee. Weekly pickup is on Wednesday morning. Participants also receive 50 gallons of free compost from Brick Ends Farm. Interested? Questions? E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

     

    DPW Office:

    The DPW office is located at Town Hall and is open Mondays 8 AM to 7 PM, Tuesdays – Thursdays 8 AM to 4 PM, and Fridays from 8 AM to noon. Town Hall offices are closed on weekends and holidays.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Purchasing

    Purchasing Director
    Frank Antonucci

    Contact: Frank Antonucci

    25 Green Street
    Ipswich, MA 01938
    Phone: (978) 356-6608 | Fax: (978) 356-6616

    Town Hall is open Mondays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays – Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. Offices are closed on weekends and holidays.

    Bid specifications can be obtained by calling the Purchasing Office, Town Hall, 25 Green Street. You can also e-mail requests to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    ***Please note that all those who receive bids off this website must e-mail all contact information in order to receive potential addenda as well as keep record of those picking up specifications.***

    Additional online procurement resources:

     

    Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General (Questions regarding M.G.L 30B Supplies and Services)

     

    Office of the Attorney General (Questions regarding M.G.L 149 Construction Laws)

     

    PurchasingPurchasing

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  • Recreation

    Staff Information

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - Director 

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    Cell: 978.375.0324

    Office: 978.356.6644

    Ipswich Recreation & Culture: the hub for community enrichment. Providing centralized coordination of recreational and cultural programming in celebration of Ipswich arts, open space, history and heritage for residents and visitors alike.

     

    LINKS TO ONLINE REGISTRATION FORMS:

    2014 Fall Flag Football: TTSS Thats teh Spirit Sports with Coach Mike!

     

    USEFUL R&C LINKS:

    Ipswich Community Events Calander Don't miss a thing!

    Ipswich ReCreation & Culture on Facebook

    Ipswich Visitor Center on Facebook

    Ipswich Visitor Center Website Plenty of resources for discovering Ipswich for residents and visitors alike.

     

     

  • Shellfish

    Shellfish Constable

    Arnold "Pick" Thistlewood

    Deputy Shellfish Constables

    Scott LaPreste and Jeremy Smith

    Harbormaster

    Chief of Police

    Assistant Harbormasters & Deputy Shellfish Constables

    Matthew W. Bodwell
    Thomas Colpitts
    Eric A. Copithorne
    Justin Daly
    Edward F. Gallivan
    Jonathan Hubbard
    Daniel J. Kmiec
    Jason Monteiro
    Paul Nikas
    Peter Nikas
    Jason R Sinclair
    Michael Tullercash
    James Zabelski     

    Shellfish Sub-Committee to the Board of Selectmen

    Elizabeth Kilcoyne [Co-Chair]
    Charles Surpitski [Co-Chair]
    Wayne Castonguay
    Gary Collum
    Michael Lambros
    Bradford McGowan
    Anthony Murawksi

    Robert T. Markel [Non-Voting]
    Arnold “Pick” Thistlewood [Non-Voting]

    Check the News section for current information.

    Shellfish Rules and Regulations can be found in the Policies & Regulations.
     


     

  • Town Clerk

    TOWN CLERK
    Pamela Z. Carakatsane, CMMC/CMC
    Contact: Pam Carakatsane

    ASSISTANT TOWN CLERK
    Kathy Marini
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    25 Green Street
    Ipswich, MA 01938
    Phone: (978) 356-6600 X1015                                                                     Fax:  (978) 356-6021

     

    Town Hall is open Mondays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays – Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. Offices are closed on weekends and holidays.

     

     

    Mission of the Town Clerk’s Office



    Mission Statement: The Ipswich Town Clerk’s Office aim is to provide the highest level of professional service to all in the application of the multitude of duties and responsibilities set out for it in Massachusetts General Law, Massachusetts Government, the By-Laws of the Town of Ipswich, historic duties assigned by successive Boards of Selectmen and any new assignments set by contemporary leadership. The Clerk continuously advances “best practices” for Massachusetts Governments in all these areas including Vital Records, conduct of Elections, certification of Voters and licensing of marriages, businesses, shellfish, and dogs. Customers of the Office’s services are provided with the most timely, complete, efficient and competent attention with emphasis on the highest levels of civility and respect to which all persons are entitled

     


     

  • Town Manager

      ROBIN CROSBIE - TOWN MANAGER

    Contact the Town Manager: Robin Crosbie

    Contact the Special Assistant: Jennifer Breaker

    The Town Manager is the chief administrative officer of the Town and is responsible to the Board of Selectmen for the proper operation of town affairs for which the Town Manager is given responsibility under the Charter, the By-Laws, the General Laws, or by a vote of the Board of Selectmen. [Excerpt from the Administrative Manual]

     

    Notes:

    Record of Action documents can be found in the Town Clerk section under Town Meeting Results

    Annual Town Meeting Documents have been moved to Town Meeting Documents

    Budget Documents have been moved to Budget Documents

     

    Annual Town ReportsAnnual Town Reports

    Capital PlanCapital Plan

    Ipswich Quiet ZoneIpswich Quiet Zone

    ManualsManuals

    DocumentsDocuments

    Other ReportsOther Reports

  • Town Manager News
  • Town Moderator

         Tom Murphy

         Town Moderator

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    According to State law the Moderator’s primary responsibility is to preside and regulate the proceedings during town meeting, to decide all questions of order, and make public declaration of all votes.  In addition, the Moderator in Ipswich is also responsible for appointing three of the nine members of the Finance Committee, all of the members of the Open Space Committee, and the members of the Hall Haskell House Committee.

     

     

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  • ZBA

    Land use and zoning regulations fall under Chapter 40A of Massachusetts General Laws. You can view and search this chapter at the state website: MGL Chapter 40A

    The Zoning Board of Appeals serves two functions. First, they are empowered to issue special permits and variances. Second, they are the local authority where someone who feels aggrieved may appeal an enforcement order issued by the Zoning Enforcement Officer specifically when the order alleges a violation of the Ipswich Zoning Regulations. The Board can also overturn a ruling or decision of the Zoning Enforcement Officer. Orders issued under the Massachusetts Building Code (780 CMR) may be appealed to a different board (State Building Code Appeals Board).

    Several uses mentioned in the Table of Uses,

    Ipswich Zoning Bylaw [IBL], section V-D would only be allowed if the Board chooses to grant a special permit. These uses are shown by [SBA] in the tables. 

    Special permits may also authorize an expansion of a previously existing, non-conforming use or structure as outlined in [IBL], II-B & XI-J. Existing non-conforming structures and uses are most commonly referred to as Grandfathered.  Special Permit Application

    The Zoning Board may also issue a variance. This would allow a use that is ordinarily prohibited or a structure to be constructed, expanded or altered where the bylaw would otherwise prohibit such expansion or alteration.   Variance Application

    Variances should only be granted where a hardship exists and only when the hardship is directly related to the land. Some examples are soil characteristics, shape or topography. If someone feels there is a financial hardship, it must also be related to the land in some manner.

    Special permits could be granted if the proposed work or use does not have a detrimental effect on the surrounding neighborhood. Some of the general categories of consideration are any increase of traffic, parking, noise, dust odors etc.

    The Ipswich Zoning Board of Appeals meets the third Thursday of each month except during December.

    All applications must be filed in the Town Clerks office by 4:00 PM; dates are subject to change.

    Meetings are posted in Town Hall at least 48 hours prior to meeting.

    FILING DATES

    Applications are available at Town Hall (25 Green St.) or on this website. The meetings are conducted on the third (3rd) Thursday of the month.

    The Ipswich Zoning Bylaw may be purchased with the zoning map at the Town Clerks’ office. There is also a version on this website that may be viewed and downloaded.

    Please make sure to plan your projects with enough time for waiting out any subsequent appeal periods once a variance or special permit is granted.

    The Zoning Board usually makes their decision the night of the hearing. There is nothing that prevents the Board from continuing the hearing and voting at a later time. Once the decision is made by vote of the Board, the written decision is filed in the Town Clerks’ Office. There is then a twenty (20) day appeal period after the decision is filed.

    If no one appeals the decision (in court) it must be filed with the property deed at the Salem Registry of Deeds. It does not become a legal instrument until it is filed and must be filed within one (1) year.

    No building permit or use/occupancy certificate can be issued (if required) until the special permit or variance is recorded at the registry.

    Questions about use of land or structures should be directed to Jim Sperber at (978) 356-6605 ext. 2.   Procedural questions may be directed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at (978) 356-6672.

     

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  • Ipswich Recycles

     

     

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    SPECIAL TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20!

     

    HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION is Saturday, September 20, at the Transfer Station from 9 AM to noon

    See below for a list of acceptable and unacceptable items.

     

    STYROFOAM AND ELECTRONICS COLLECTION is Saturday, September 20, Ipswich Middle School from 9 AM to noon

    See below for a list of acceptable items.

    ACCEPTABLE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE MATERIALS

    The following is a representative list of the types of materials that will be accepted at each collection.

     

    Household Bathroom

    oil-based paint, varnish, stain, shellac, paint strippers toilet cleaners

    turpentine, paint thinners medicine

    wood preservatives cosmetics

    dry-cell batteries nail polish remover

    metal cleaners, ammonia cleaners hair color

    furniture, floor, and metal polishes aerosol deodorant

    floor care products/wax stripper

    rug & upholstery cleaners

    Kitchen/Laundry

    aerosol cans lighter fluid

    solvent adhesives oven cleaners

    acids moth balls/crystal

    hobby supplies (rubber cement, airplane glue, etc.) drain cleaners

    photography chemicals chlorine bleach

    chemistry set chemicals brighteners

    flammable liquids, fire starters spray starch

    artist supplies spot removers

    fiberglass resins detergents

    2,4,5 trichlorophenoxyacetic softeners

    mercury bearing waste whiteners

    (such as elemental mercury, thermostats, thermometers,

    fluorescent lamps, and mercury switches)

    Lawn/Garden Automotive

    insecticides car batteries

    pesticides oil filters

    poisons tire cleaners

    herbicides radiator flush

    weed killers transmission fluid

    fungicides degreasers

    fertilizers carburetor cleaner

    flea/tick powder engine solvents

    no-pest strips antifreeze

    cesspool cleaners brake fluid

    flammable liquids waste fuels (gasoline, oil, kerosene)

    fire starters

     

    UNACCEPTABLE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

     

    The following is a list of materials which will not be accepted as hazardous waste at each collection. Some, however, may be collected as single stream materials or included as part of per car cost.

     

    explosives or any ordnance

    medical waste (biomedical and pharmaceutical)

    PCBs

    radioactive material (including smoke detectors)

    materials with no hazardous constituents

    tires

    empty or partially empty propane tanks*

    cathode ray tubes, electronics*

    latex paint**

     

    * may be collected as single stream materials

     

     

    Styrofoam and Electronics Special Collection
    Saturday, September 20

    9 AM to Noon at Ipswich Middle School

    • Audio/visual equipment (VCRs, DVDs, CD players) $5
    • Cell phones and PDAs $5
    • Computer drives and storage devices (floppy drivers, CD-ROMs, hard drives) $5
    • Consumer electronics $5
    • Computer monitors $10
    • Computers and laptops $5
    • Copiers $5
    • Computer peripherals (keyboards, mice and cables) $5
    • Printers and multifunction devices $5
    • Digital cameras and camcorders $5
    • Electronic typewriters $5
    • Fax machines $5
    • Gaming systems $5
    • Microwave ovens $5
    • Networking equipment (routers, switches, hubs, etc.) $5
    • Power supplies $5
    • Projection equipment $5
    • Scanners $5
    • Servers and server racks $5
    • Small electronic appliances $5
    • Small electronic toys $5
    • Telephones and telephone equipment $5
    • Televisions $15
    • UPS (uninterrupted power supply) batteries $5

    All collected items are recycled and storage devices are shredded.

     

     

    CURBSIDE COMPOST PROGRAM

    Feeling bad about tossing food scraps, weeds, grass clippings and pizza box inserts in the trash? Join the Curbside Composting Program and toss all of your food waste in a bin for curbside pickup.

     

    With signup you will receive a free green, wheeled container for collection and up to 50 gallons of free Brick Ends Farm compost. We take all food scraps (including meat and bones), natural kitty litter, weeds, grass clippings, and soiled paper products (napkins, tissues and paper towels and plates).

     

    The annual rate is $68 per household, but rates are prorated from November, so the cost is less than $50 per year until November 2014. Come to DPW office at Town Hall to register or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info!

     

     

    Recycling/Solid Waste Policy:

    Effective date of 6/28/10:

    * 1 Bag/Barrel of trash up to 35 gallons per week

    * UNLIMITED Single Stream WEEKLY Curbside Recycling Milk/juice cartons, juice boxes, Pringles containers, clean aluminum foil/pie plates, and more!

     

    For more information contact DPW at 978-356-6613 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

     

    • Recycling at Public Events

    Recycling is mandatory and bins are available for your use at public events. The Recycling committee has 10 portable recycling bins available for use at events in Ipswich. For more information, or to request the bins for use at your event please email us.

     

    Fluorescent Bulbs
    CFLs are now collected in a box at the Electric Light Department during regular business hours. In addition, you may also bring them as well as tube bulbs (and all devices containing mercury) to the Transfer Station during regular operating hours.

     

    • Wireless Devices Collection
    The Recycling Committee is collecting unwanted wireless devices and chargers. The devices include, but are not limited to, PDAs, iPods, digital cameras, cell phones, etc. Small, green bins are located at the library and inside the entrance of Town Hall and at the DPW counter. Devices are bought by Recycling For Charities, which refurbishes or recycles them. All funds received from the sale of these devices help defray the administrative and logistical costs incurred by the Recycling Committee.


    • Recycling Committee

    The Recycling Committee welcomes new members interested in working productively and cooperatively to meet the Committee’s mandate of increasing recycling and reducing trash disposal costs for the Town of Ipswich. The Recycling Committee is an advisory committee to the Board of Selectmen, and the Board of Selectmen appoints members. Individuals interested in participating are encouraged to attend a meeting and seek appointment if interested. The Recycling Committee meets monthly, and meetings are held from 6:30-8 PM at Town Hall.

     

    Mercury Recovery Program

    The DPW is collecting products that contain mercury. Examples include thermostats, Mercury switches, thermometers, elemental Mercury, blood pressure units, flow meters, barometers and button cell batteries (found in watches, cameras, calculators, hearing aids, and personal organizers) and any raw mercury in original containers. The DPW also will exchange a glass Mercury fever thermometer for a new digital thermometer. Please call ahead at 978-356-6612 to be sure that the container is safe. Acceptable items should be brought to the second floor of Town Hall during regular business hours.

     

    • Paint and Varnishes
    Oil paint and related thinners and varnishes are accepted at the DPW's annual Special Collection. Events are held in mid-May and mid-September each year. Please email
    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. Latex paint must be dried out and thrown away in your regular trash.

     

     

     

     

    Disclaimer
    The Town of Ipswich does not guarantee the accuracy of information provided on this website and town services identified on this website are subject to change without notice. In addition, the Town of Ipswich disclaims all responsibility for the accuracy of information and the actions taken on the basis of information provided in website links provided. Please see complete disclaimer language on the Town of Ipswich website.

     

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    • * NEW! Waste Cooking Oil is a collection of all animal and vegetable oils. Place your sealed container (such as a mayonnaise or spaghetti sauce jar) in the 55-gallon drum. No pouring off, please! Oils will be made into biodiesel fuel. No motor oil!

     

    • *NEW! Books can be recycled in Ipswich. Newer books can be brought to the Ipswich Library for donation for their used book sales. The More Than Words book collection box at the Transfer Station is available for donations on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM.

       

    • Bulky, rigid plastic items (e.g. laundry baskets, trash barrels, plastic toys) are accepted at the Transfer Station, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM.

     

    • *NEW! Textiles Recycling

      The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts appreciates the public’s donations of used clothing, shoes, and household linens as a way of generating funds. Donate your items at the American Red Cross collection box at the Ipswich Transfer Station. These items will then be sold through a vendor and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

      Ripped or stained clothing and linens ARE accepted as long as they are CLEAN AND DRY.

       

    • Scrap metal items are now accepted at the Transfer Station! Items must be at least 60% metal. No TVs or monitors please -- take these to Best Buy customer service desk for recycling.

     

    • No Styrofoam (Watch for in-town collection events) and NO Plastic Bags (Shaw's and Market Basket collect these for recycling.)

     

    • Cardboard boxes do not need to be broken down for recycling.

     

    • Glass, Plastic #1-7, Tin, Aluminum, Paper, Gray Paper and Cardboard can be placed together in a container with lettering “Recycle Only” and/or recycle stickers (available from the DPW office).

     

    • Seasonal: Boat shrink wrap disposal at the Transfer Station, from April 1st to June 30th.

     

    • Trash Overthrow Bags are available for $10.00 for 5 33-gallon bags through local businesses: Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's Hardware.

     

     

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