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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  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board

    Members:

    Jim Warner, Chair, Michael Jones and Glenn Gibbs.

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board - Agendas & Minutes

     

     

     

  • Copy of Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board

    Members:

    Jim Warner, Chair, Michael Jones and Glenn Gibbs.

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board - Agendas & Minutes

     

     

     

  • 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.

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Agricultural Study Implementation Committee - Agendas & Minutes

     

    Below are some of the Agricultural Study Implementation Committee documents that are available for download.

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  • Agriculture Commission

    Members:

    Kelly Jacklin and Royce Knowlton, Co-Chairs; Donald Galicki, Michael Marini, Bill Cassidy, Jay Stanbury, Glenn Hazelton, Members; Laura Russell, Debb Clapp, and Cathy Chadwick, 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

    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

    Also of interest, are the following links to the Ipswich Farmers Market and a list of Farms in Ipswich.

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Agriculture Commission - Agendas & Minutes

     

    Below are some of the Agriculture Commission documents that are available for download.

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  • 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

     

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Athletic Field Study Committee - Agendas & Minutes

     

    Below are some of the Atheletic Fields Study Committee documents that are available for download.

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  • Board of Health

    The Ipswich Board of Health is responsible for the enforcement of State Sanitary Codes, State Environmental Codes, and Health Regulations. The Board of Health sets the health policy for the town which is carried out by the Public Health Department staff.

     

    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 typically the first Monday of the month.

    Current Board members are Susan Hubbard, Chairperson, Dr. Spencer Amesbury and Charles Hill.

     

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Board of Health - Agendas & Minutes

     

     

  • Board of Assessors

    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.

     

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Board of Assessors - Agendas & Minutes

     

     

     

  • 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 Assessor’s Office is responsible for valuing all real and personal property within the Town of Ipswich for tax purposes.  We are also responsible for administering motor vehicle and boat excise tax, however, the Assessors do not determine value for these excise tax bills.  Abatements for real estate, personal property, motor vehicle excise, and boat excise are the responsibility of the Assessors.

     

    Another function of the Assessor’s Office is to send Statutory Exemption and Tax Deferral forms to property owners who have received an exemption/deferral during the previous year.  The most common exemptions are qualifying Veterans, Seniors, and Blind. 

     

    The Chief Assessor and staff are available to answer your questions during regular office hours, and will be happy to provide assistance in completing forms.  Please contact our office at (978) 356-6603, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

     

    Online Tax Maps

    Tax Maps 11x17

    Tax Maps 34x28

     

     

  • 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.

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Board of Selectmen - Minutes & Agendas

     

    MEETING PACKETS can be found under MEETING INFORMATION below.

    Below are some of the Board of Selectmen documents that are available for download. Click on the + to expand a category.

    Board of SelectmenBoard of Selectmen

    Boards and CommitteesBoards and Committees

    Special ReportsSpecial Reports

     Meeting InformationMeeting Information

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    20132013

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    Policies & RegulationsPolicies & Regulations

     

  • Board of Selectmen News
  • Building Department


    James A. Sperber, Director/Inspector of Buildings

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    Eric Colville, Local 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

     

    The Building Department implements and enforces the Massachusetts State Building, Plumbing, Gas and Electrical Code as well as the Ipswich Protective Zoning Bylaw. This is done by staff intimately familiar with these regulations.

     

    The codes are intended to provide safe use of land and structures. Energy Codes are also now included in the building code. The protective zoning bylaw are local land use regulations intended to provide the best quality of life for residents, business owners and others as well as protect open space and natural resources.

     

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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

    Mailing

    Address:

    Cemetery & Parks

    25 Green Street, Ipswich, MA 01938

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We provide excellent customer service to families, residents and all that contact us by treating them with care, respect and providing a pleasant atmosphere. We will continue to keep all of our properties maintained in a condition that is attractive and will reflect that the Town takes pride in its appearance. We will continue to work together with the other Town Departments to help keep the Town of Ipswich moving forward in a positive direction.

     

    This department is responsible for maintaining 47 properties that include a total of 430 acres.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Code Enforcement

    James A. Sperber, Director/Inspector of Buildings

    Email: Jim Sperber
     

    Telephone:  978-356-6605

    Fax:  978-356-6680

    Office Hours:

    Monday

    8AM-7PM

     

    Tuesday-Thursday

    8AM-4PM

     

    Friday

    8AM-12PM

     

     

    Department Overview

                    The Department of Code Enforcement implements and enforces the Massachusetts State Building, Plumbing, Gas and Electrical Code as well as the Ipswich Protective Zoning Bylaw. This is done by staff intimately familiar with these regulations.

                    The codes are intended to provide safe use of land and structures. Energy Codes are also now included in the building code. The protective zoning bylaw are local land use regulations intended to provide the best quality of life for residents, business owners and others as well as protect open space and natural resources.

     

    Other Resources

    Building Department

    Electrical Inspector

    Plumbing & Gas Inspector

     

     

  • Cemetery & Parks Commissioners

    Board of Cemetery and Park Commissioners (3 Members/ 3 Year Terms) – Town Manager Appointment

    The Board coordinates with the Director of Public Works and the Cemetery and Parks Superintendent to develop policies, rules, and regulations for the maintenance and use of the Town's cemeteries, parks, and open spaces. The Board interacts primarily with the Cemetery and Parks Superintendent, the Recreation Department, the Veteran’s Services Office, and the local veterans groups and funeral homes.

     

    Appointed pursuant  to Town Charter §15

     

    Commissioners

    James Graffum - Chairman

    Theodore Lemieux - Clerk

    Harry Argeropoulos

     

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Cemetery & Parks Commissioners - Agendas & Minutes

     

     

  • Conservation

     

     

    CONSERVATION AGENT


     Alicia Geilen, CEP
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    CONSERVATION ASSISTANT


    Gail Surpitski
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    25 Green Street

    Ipswich, MA 01938

    PHONE: 978-356-6661 *  FAX: 978-356-6616

     

    Office Hours are:

    Monday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Friday: CLOSED

     

    LEAVING MATERIALS:

    Filing materials or plans may be left on our conference room table,

    in the white bin on our door or in the Planning Office.

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Conservation Commission - Agendas & Minutes

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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.

     

    MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORTSMONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORTS

    AUDIT REPORTSAUDIT REPORTS

    OPEB REPORTSOPEB REPORTS

    FINANCIAL REPORTS ARCHIVEFINANCIAL REPORTS ARCHIVE

  • 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

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Finance Committee - Agendas & Minutes

     

     

  • 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 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.

    Public Health Overview 2014

     

    The Health Department is responsible for permitting and inspecting entities that provide goods and services to the public to ensure compliance with local Board of Health Regulations and State Sanitary Codes and Environmental Codes.

     

    Areas of responsibility include:

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

     

  • Historical Commision

    The Ipswich Historical Commission meets in the Mary P. Conley Room (bottom floor) at Ipswich Town Hall, 7:00 pm on the second Monday evening of each month. When the second Monday falls on a holiday, the meeting will be the following Tuesday or 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: First Period Home brochure

     

    Interactive map of historic houses - Special Thanks to Gordon Harris

     

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Historical Commission - Agendas & Minutes

     

     

     

  • Frontpage
  • 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

         

    Library Director - Ipswich Public Library

    The Town of Ipswich seeks full-time Library Director.  The Director is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and controlling the operations and activities of the public library. Director works with Library Board of Trustees on goal setting, strategic planning and development and community programming. Must possess excellent planning & organization skills and have a broad interest in learning, literature, sciences, social sciences, and organization and retrieval of electronic data. Must have the ability to establish goals & objectives for the department and have excellent verbal and writing communication skills. The ideal candidate should have a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited school; five years of experience in library administration with specific experience in library automation system & electronic data retrieval; or any equivalent combination of education & experience; ability to comprehend, interpret & apply personnel laws, collective bargaining agreement & practices and to foster & promote employee relations & employee development required. Reports to the Town Manager. Complete job description is available by clicking on the following link, [PDF] Library Director Job Description - Nov2014  Competitive salary, DOQ.

    To apply please submit a Town application (available on website), cover letter and resume to Jennifer Breaker, HR Director, at 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; initial cut-off date is December 1, 2014.  An EEO/AA employer.

     

    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.

     

     

    Senior Planner – Department of Planning & Development

    The Town of Ipswich seeks full-time Senior Planner to lead planning function for progressive eight-person Planning & Development Department. Position performs advanced professional work on a variety of land use/planning issues. Responsibilities include preparing and coordinating complex planning studies, reviewing development applications, providing staff assistance to Planning Board and Historical Commission, and project management. Senior Planner should be a self-directed individual who has initiative and uses considerable independent judgment in decision-making. Position supervises summer intern and part-time planning assistant, and reports directly to the Director of Planning & Development. Candidates should have a minimum of four years of relevant planning experience plus master’s in planning/related field; strong communication (written & oral), organizational and interpersonal skills; knowledge of principles and practices of planning profession, including familiarity with state zoning and subdivision statutes;strong computer skills, including ability to use GIS technology and ESRI ArcMap; and ability to manage multiple projects and tasks. Complete job description is available by clicking on the following link, [PDF] Senior Planner - October2014.  Competitive salary, DOQ.

    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, with an intial cut off date of December 1, 2014.  An EEO/AA employer.

     

     

     

    Thank you for your interest in the Town of Ipswich.

     


     

     

  • Information Technology

    Greg Parachojuk, IT Director

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    Phone: 978-356-6670 Fax: 978-356-6616

     

    Jeff Civitarese, Utilities IT Manager

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    Phone: 978-356-6635 Fax: 978-356-6616

     

    Bob Stone, Part Time IT Tech

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    Phone: 978-356-6666 Fax: 978-356-6616

     

    The department provides expert advice and support to meet the Information Technology, IT, needs of town departments.


    IT provides network and general Information Technology infrastructure support to town departments. IT authors and enforces the town's technology policies.

    The department coordinates town-wide systems including networking, telecommunications, applications, office automation, consulting, policies, computer training, website, GIS, and email.

     

    The IT department hosts and administers the towns financial system and provides support to town and school departments.

     

     

  • Ipswich Cultural Council

     

    Mission Statement:

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

     

    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.

     

    Council members:

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

     

    LCC Grant Applications

     

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

     

    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

     

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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.

     

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    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    New Feoffees - Agendas & Minutes

     

    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

    Related Files:

    New FeoffeesNew Feoffees

    HistoryHistory

    Legal and Historical DocumentsLegal and Historical Documents

    PoliciesPolicies

     Press ReleasesPress Releases

    Trust Assets and Financial ModelTrust Assets and Financial Model

     

  • Open Space Program

    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

     

    Residents of Ipswich have long appreciated the beautiful landscapes, natural resources, and opportunities for outdoor recreation in town. Protecting these unique treasures from potential development on critical open space properties has been a priority for residents, and in 1994 the Open Space Committee was established to guide that commitment. Their focus was to develop plans and establish a program to protect open lands for both public enjoyment and important habitat values, which ultimately led to the creation of the Open Space Program.

     

    The Open Space Program staff includes the Program Manager, who oversees aspects of the program related to land acquisitions and works closely with the Open Space Committee establishing policies and priorities related to land protection. The Program Manager is responsible for collaborating with a number of relevant Town boards and committees including the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Board of Selectman, Agricultural Commission, and others that have a stake in the protection of Ipswich's natural and recreational resources. In addition, the Program Manager works closely with local, regional, and state organizations working on land protection projects in Ipswich.

     

    Also on staff is the Stewardship Coordinator who addresses stewardship and land management needs of the Town's protected open space. The Stewardship staff works closely with the Conservation Commission and other Town entities that have care, custody and control of open space lands, and is assisted by an Americorp Land Steward; staff within the Parks and Cemeteries Division and Department of Public Works; and volunteers and outside organizations all involved in the use and management of open lands, particularly those with public access.

     

     

  • 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 Commission, Affordable 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.
     

     

  • Facilities

    Bill Hodge, Director

    Contact: Facilities Director 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

     

     

    The Facilities Department is dedicated to the repair and maintenance of the physical plant of the Town Municipal buildings and the Ipswich Public Schools in order to provide a comfortable, safe and pleasant environment for the staff, students and visitors.



    Community use of Town Hall facilities Policies & Procedures

     

     

     

  • Public Works

     

    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

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    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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

    It is our mission to plan, build, operate, maintain and support transportation, parks and cemeteries to sustain natural systems essential to a safe and comfortable life and afterlife in Ipswich. We work with Town employees and residents to ensure that the present and future way of life in Ipswich is consistent with their necessities and desires to want to continue to work and live in Ipswich.

     

    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

     

     

    NOVEMBER LEAF PICKUP

    Curbside leaf pickup will be the week of November 17-21 on your regular trash day

    Leaves must be placed in leaf bags (no plastic) and put out at the curb by 6 AM.

     

     

    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 .

     

    Jeffrey's Neck Road - Flood Assessment Report

    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

     

    2014 Adopt-an-Island Program Conditions

    The adopt-an-island program is managed through the Shade Tree and Beautification Committee with the assistance of the Department of Public Works. For information on Program Conditions for Planting and Maintaining Islands, please click here: Adopt-an-Island Program Conditions for Planting and Maintaining Islands. For a copy of the application to adopt-an-island, please click here: 2014 Adopt an Island Application

     

    DPW Office Information:

    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.

     

     

  • 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)

     

    Procurement Chart (M.G.L. Quick Reference Guide on Public Procurement Procedures)

     

  • Recreation

    Staff Information

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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.

     

    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.
     


     

  • Shade Tree Beautification Committee

    MISSION

    The Ipswich Shade Tree and Beautification Committee is an entirely volunteer effort, made up of concerned Ipswich residents, landscape professionals, Garden Club members and two selectmen who recommend, recognize, and implement actions that beautify and enhance the town of Ipswich and its quality of life.

    Members will seek and monitor local business support for the planting and maintaining of roadway islands, promote appropriate planting areas and tree planting throughout the town as well as organize town-wide cleanups. The committee will work closely with the Town Manager, Department of Public Works, Planning Department, Forestry Department, Board of Selectmen, and Garden Clubs to achieve special initiatives.

    MEETINGS

    The Ipswich Shade Tree and Beautification Committee usually meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00p.m.

    MEMBERS

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

    Pat Beirne, Pat Flanagan, Paula Jones, Barbara Monahan, Pat McNally (selectman), Charlie Surpitski (selectman), and Ann Wright.

     

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Shade Tree Beautification Committee - Agendas & Minutes

     

     

  • 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.

     

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  • 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

    Annual Town Reports - ArchiveAnnual Town Reports - Archive

    Capital PlanCapital Plan

    Ipswich Quiet ZoneIpswich Quiet Zone

    ManualsManuals

    DocumentsDocuments

    Other ReportsOther Reports

     

  • Treasurer/Collector

    TREASURER/COLLECTOR
    Kevin Merz
    Contact: Treasurer/Collector

    ASSISTANT TREASURER/COLLECTOR
    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.

     

     

    The Treasurer/Collector is responsible for the collection of Real Estate taxes, Personal Property Taxes, Motor Vehicle and Boat Excise taxes.  The Treasurer/Collector’s Office is also responsible for accepting passport applications, processing Municipal Lien Certificates, investment of all town funds, municipal borrowings and the continuing collection efforts of properties in Tax Title.

     

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

     

    The Town of Ipswich traffic Rules & Regulations can be found here: Traffic Regulations

     

     

  • 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.

     

    Below are some of the Town Moderator's documents that are available for download.

     

    Town Moderator/ Town Moderator


     

  • Zoning Board of Appeals

    The Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBA”) is a seven member adjudicatory board, appointed by the Board of Selectmen to serve a five-year term; two associate members serve one-year terms.The Ipswich Zoning Board of Appeals meets the third Thursday of each month, except for December.

    Current Board members are Bob Gambale, Chairman, Ben Fierro, Roger LeBlanc, William Page and Lewis Vlahos. Also, Associate member Robert Tragert.

    The ZBA acts on all matters within its jurisdiction as provided under MGL Chapter 40 A and the Ipswich Protective Zoning Bylaw. Theyare empowered to issue special permits and variances. Additionally, 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).Additionally, the Board considers applications under the Comprehensive Permit Statute (MGL c.40B).

     

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Zoning Board of Appeals - Agendas & Minutes

     

     

     

     

     

  • Ipswich Recycles

     

     

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    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 year (prorated) per household. Come to the 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!

     

    TRASH AND RECYCLING

     

    Residents are allowed one 35-gallon (50-pound maximum) bag or barrel weekly and one bulky item (sofa, chair, mattress, etc.). Additional trash must be placed in an overthrow bag, available for $10 (for a pack of 5) at Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's Hardware.

     

    Additional items may be brought free to the Transfer Station (180 Town Farm Road) during operating hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM. Residents must have a beach sticker or a transfer station sticker (which can be obtained free with proof of residency at the DPW office at Town Hall).

     

     

    BRING THE ITEMS LISTED BELOW TO THE TRANSFER STATION

    Operating hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM

    NO Plastic Bags (recycle them at grocery stores, Target, Kohl's, Lowe's, Staples and other retailers)

     

    BOAT SHRINK WRAP is collected seasonally from April 1 through June 30 for clean, rolled-up shrink wrap.

     

    BOOKS in good condition can be donated to the Ipswich Library or dropped off in the More Than Words box.

     

    CARDBOARD too big to leave curbside can be placed in the cardboard container for recycling. Residents who do not have curbside pickup can also drop their cardboard off in the cardboard container.

     

    CFL BULBS AND FLUORESCENT TUBES (unbroken) are collected during regular Transfer Station hours. The mercury found in these lamps is reclaimed and reused.

     

    CURBSIDE” RECYCLING items can be dropped off by all residents, even those who do not have curbside pickup. Curbside recyling items include clean paper, plastic #1-7, metal and glass containers. NO plastic bags, thin film plastics or Styrofoam, please!

     

    RIGID PLASTICS container is forhousehold 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.

     

    SCRAP METAL We accept items that are 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, exercise equipment.

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

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

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

     

    TEXTILES The American Red Cross has a collection box for textiles (clothing, sheets, towels, etc.) and small toys. Proceeds from donations will go to helping disaster victims. Stained or ripped clothing is acceptable as long as it is CLEAN AND DRY.

     

    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!

     

    YARD WASTE is accepted but needs to be in a paper leaf bag. You may include house plants, flowers, floral trimmings, glass clippings, weeds and other yard clippings. Remember, NO leaves, rocks, logs, stumps, or branches larger than 4” in diameter!

     

     

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    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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  • Conservation Commission

    The Ipswich Wetlands Protection Bylaw was 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.

     

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

    Conservation Commission - Agendas & Minutes

     

  • Open Space Committee

     

    The Ipswich Open Space Committee is a volunteer committee that meets monthly to pursue Town goals related to the conservation and protection of open space properties throughout town. It was formed in the mid-1980s as a subcommittee of the Conservation Commission, and it prepared the town's first two open space plans in 1979 and 1985. By 1990, the State's guidelines for open space plans had changed to require significantly more information and analysis, so, under the leadership of volunteer Jim Berry, the Town approved forming a standing committee at Town Meeting in 1992. Open space plans were completed in 1994 and 2000. The Town's current open space plan was completed in 2006 and revised in 2010 and can be seen elsewhere on this site.

     

    Additionally, the Open Space Committee oversees the Town's Open Space Bond land acquisition program, which is described elsewhere on this site.

     

    OSC meetings are generally held the fourth Monday of every month at 7:30pm in Town Hall, and are posted on the website calendar listings.

     

    Current OSC members are: Carolyn Britt (Co-Chair), Wayne Castonguay (Co-Chair), Andy Brengle, David Feldman, Bill Holton, Cynthia Ingelfinger, and Ralph Williams. Associate members include: Jim Berry, Doug DeAngelis, Larry Elliot, Sissy ffolliott, Ed Monnelly, Carl Nylen, and David Standley.

    For more information about the OSC, please contact the Open Space Program Manager, who provides staff support to the Committee, at 978-356-6607 x4.

     

    Agendas & Minutes Archive

     

    Openspace Committee - Agendas & Minutes

     

  • Planning Board

    Members:

    The Planning Board consists of five regular and one associate member, all of whom are appointed by the Town Manager for five year terms.

    The current members of the Planning Board are: Heidi Paek, Chair, Jay Stanbury, Vice-Chair, Cathy Chadwick, Kathleen Milano and Keith Anderson. Bill Bent is the associate member. The Planning Board meets approximately every three weeks on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.  The meeting schedule is posted on the Town website at least 48 hours before the meeting.

     

    Purpose and Authorization:

    The Ipswich Planning Board is authorized under the Massachusetts General Laws to regulate the laying out and construction of ways in subdivisions and to insure the safety, convenience and welfare of the present and future residents of Ipswich. The Board is also authorized by the Ipswich Protective Zoning Bylaw to approve site plan review applications for all non-residential development and to grant special permits for various residential and non-residential uses.

    Application forms for special permits, site plan review, subdivisions (both preliminary and definitive), adequacy of access, and “approval not required” (Form A) are available for download under  the Department of Planning & Development. You can also find the special permit regulations, site plan review regulations and definitive subdivision regulations there.

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  • Zoning Office

    Administrative Assistant to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) manages and coordinating all aspects of petition related activities pursuant to the Protective Zoning Bylaw and the Zoning Act; she provides administrative and technical support for the Zoning Board of Appeals.

     

    Questions regarding the zoning regulations, land use, structure locations should be directed to the Building Inspector, Jim Sperber This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Assistant to the Building Inspector, Eric Coville This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it both can be reached in the building department at– 978-356-6605.

     

    Questions regarding procedures to file a petition before the Appeals Board, filing deadlines, status of a decision or to view ZBA files should be directed to ZBA Administrative Assistant,Marie Rodgers. Additionally, the Administrative Assistant provides information and assists the general public with procedures for filing Petitions, providing forms and instructions.

     

    The Zoning office is located on the first floor of town hall; in the building department.

    Administrative Assistant hours are typically Mon 8-6; Wed 8-2; Thurs 8-2.

    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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at (978) 356-6672.

     

     

  • Affordable Housing Partnership

    The people of the Affordable Housing Partnership

    Members: Charles Allen, Chair, Michael Schaaf, Don Greenough, Ingrid Miles, Edward Dick, Jim Warner, James Kroesser, and Michael Jones

     

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  • Affordable Housing Program

    We help make housing affordable.

    We help people with affordable housing—help find it, make it affordable, get it built, repair it, and keep it affordable for years to come.

    We, the people of the Affordable Housing Partnership and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, are a group of highly motivated, compassionate citizens who are dedicated to helping individuals and families enjoy housing they can afford. We understand that offering this kind of help also results in a more vibrant and successful community—one with a healthy diversity of incomes and talents, backgrounds and ages. It makes the fabric of the life we share in this unique town richer, stronger and more colorful.

    We especially want to help if you grew up here or if you work here. And we do our best to help developers create more of the kind of housing that works for everyone. Because we believe in an Ipswich that works for everyone.

     

    Help for Homebuyers

    First-time homebuyer assistance, down payment assistance, and closing cost assistance

    Help for Homeowners

    Loans for home repairs

    Grants to multi-family owners

    How to create an accessory apartment for low-income tenants

    How to convert an accessory building into a residential dwelling for low-income tenants

     

    Help for developers

    • Grants

    • How to work with zoning regulations

    Contact Us:

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (click this link to send an email to Glenn Gibbs, Planning Director--or call 978-356-6607 ext. 1)

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (click this link to send an email or call 978-356-6607 ext. 2)

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (click this link to send an email to Terry Anderson, Housing Coordinator--or call 978-356-6607 ext. 5)

     

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  • School Audit Adhoc Committee

    Members:

    Tom Doane

    Steve Fortado

    Moriah Marsh

    Nishan Mootafian

    Kevin Murphy, Chair

    Carl Nylen

    Larry Seidler

     

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    Mission:

    At the Ipswich Annual Town Meeting on May 13, 2014, a citizen’s initiative was presented, modified by the Finance Committee and duly adopted petitioning this effort. The result of this initiative was the creation of the Ad Hoc School Audit Committee.  The Committee is composed of the following members: one member of the Board of Selectmen, one member of the Finance Committee, one member of the School Committee, and four town citizens.  The Committee is charged with the responsibility of identifying specific areas of the school’s operation and organization to be audited for efficiencies, cost saving measures and synergies.  The Ad Hoc School Audit Committee will prepare a request for proposals (RFP) for an audit based on the protocols, procedures, timelines, and metrics that the Committee will develop to assist the School Committee in performing the audit.    The Committee will report its findings to the Finance Committee in March 2015 and these findings will be reported at the next Annual Town Meeting.

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