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  • undertaking a complete and professional analysis of all our town properties

  • creating rolling 5-year capital improvement plans

  • improving Town financial reporting - resulting in multiple accolades 

  • implementing zero-based budgeting that requires all departments to start with a zero budget and annually justify all funding requests

  • adopting a Hazard Mitigation Plan that addresses how to prepare for and respond to natural disasters

  • appointing a Charter Review Committee and putting proposed changes on the Nov. 2020 ballot

  • holding an annual public meeting to determine the Town Administrator’s priorities (see memo)

  • working with the state to undertake a safety audit of East Main Road and with Portsmouth police to implement more aggressive speed control measures

  • hiring an outstanding Emergency Management Agency Director and winning a $339,000 grant from the RI Infrastructure Bank for required climate change resiliency work – e.g., flooding at an egress from Common Fence Point

  • hiring a full-time Parks & Recreation Director and expanding program offerings

  • fostering a local agricultural business (a brewery)

  • partnering with community groups that provide essential services to all residents, including the library and senior center

  • regulating short-term rentals

  • working with the School Committee and staff to facilitate school safety and capital improvements and vacancy appointment process (see memo)

  • meeting with state legislators to establish town legislative priorities (see memo)

  • managing the COVID-19 pandemic emergencies by setting up vacination clinics, while continuing to focus on helping our most vulnerable citizens - e.g., establishing new procedures for operating town properties,  organizing and running a food bank, helping local businesses, etc.

  • partnering with Church Community Housing to build a new senior center and about 54 units of senior housing

  • supporting Quaker Manor affordable housing

  • securing $500,000 and as much as $22 million over time from Southcoast Wind for work in Portsmouth that could have proceded without town approval and without the town getting any compensation

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

VOTER INFORMATION

Portsmouth Democrats have created a town government that provides excellent public services and schools while also controlling taxes. Some of the tasks accomplished by Democrats include:
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