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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are
Other symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients include:
Symptoms of severe COVID‐19 disease include:
Other less common symptoms are:
People of all ages who experience fever and/or cough associated with difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, or loss of speech or movement should seek medical care immediately. If possible, call your health care provider, hotline or health facility first, so you can be directed to the right clinic.
Source: World Health Organization
Yes. Please see the Nantucket COVID-19 Testing page for more information.
For updated information on Covid testing and cases on Nantucket please visit the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Coronavirus Updates page nantuckethospital.org/home/coronavirus-news-and-information/.
On Tuesday, October 6, 2020 the Board of Health issued an island-wide Emergency order for face covering. You should wear a mask or face covering (that covers your mouth and nose) anytime you are outdoors and whenever physical distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible.
It means that you make a conscious effort to reduce close contact between you and someone else or a group of people and hopefully prevent community transmission of the virus.Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone whenever possible, specially people that are coughing or sneezing.Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 3 feet away from a person who is sick.
People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data become available.
It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
Anaerobic digestion is the natural process in which microorganisms break down organic matter in the absence of air (an anaerobic environment). Anaerobic digestion creates usable products such as biogas and digested material.
Anaerobic digesters are built systems (lagoons or tanks) where anaerobic digestion takes place. Anaerobic digesters manage organic wastes, produce gas and digested materials, minimize odors, reduce pathogens, and reduce solid wastes. Anaerobic digesters are also called “anaerobic digestion systems”, “biodigesters” or simply “digesters”.
Co-digestion happens when more than one type of organic material is digested at the same time. Digesters are often built for a single purpose. For example, a farmer may build an anaerobic digester to handle cow manure. If the farmer also takes food waste from a local grocery store and puts the food waste in the digester along with the cow manure, it is called co-digestion.
Biogas is the gas produced when bacteria break down organic matter in the absence of oxygen. It is made up of mainly methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2), with small amounts of water vapor, particulates, and other gasses, such as hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Biogas can be processed and used for a variety of energy needs, such as the generation of heat, power and fuel.
Inside an anaerobic digester, naturally occurring microorganisms grow in the tank’s oxygen-free environment and break down (digest) the organic matter. As the organic matter decomposes, biogas is created. Once established in a digester, microorganisms will continue to break down organic materials and release biogas in the right conditions. The microorganisms need a steady supply of feedstock and a comfortable environment - warm temperatures, neutral acidity and no oxygen.
Digested material is the solid and liquid material that remains at the end of the anaerobic digestion process. Digested material contains valuable nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) and organic carbon. Typically, raw digested material is processed into a wide variety of products like fertilizer, compost, soil amendments or animal bedding. Factors influencing what products are made include the makeup of the initial feedstocks and local markets. These co-products can be sold to agricultural, commercial and residential customers.
Many types of organic material can be used as feedstock to produce biogas. Animal manures, wastewater solids, food scraps, restaurant fats, oils, and greases, and by-products from food and beverage production are some commonly digested materials. An anaerobic digester may be built for a single material or a combination of them. However, the feedstocks must be properly controlled to ensure that the system remains healthy and functioning.
Yes, biogas is a renewable energy source. It is produced from natural resources that are replenished in short periods of time.
Yes, biogas can replace fossil fuels for the production of heat, power and fuel. With additional processing, biogas becomes renewable natural gas that can be used in the same place as fossil fuels.
Biogas is made up of methane and carbon dioxide, which are powerful greenhouse gases. Anaerobic digesters are designed to capture these gases so they do not escape to the atmosphere. In most cases, the feedstocks used in digesters would have released methane directly as they decomposed in lagoons or landfills. In addition, using biogas for heat or electricity means that less energy needs to be produced by power plants. This reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels.
Anaerobic digesters are usually built on sites that have a steady supply of organic materials and need energy or heat. Common examples include farms, water resource recovery facilities, food production facilities, and landfills. Also, stand-alone digesters can be built in a central location to accept organics from multiple businesses.
Landfill gas is a type of biogas. Both can be converted to renewable energy (electricity or fuel).
Biogas and natural gas have essentially the same components. But, the two gasses are obtained in different ways. Biogas is produced when readily available organic materials (e.g., manure or food waste) break down. Natural gas is produced when ancient plants, tiny sea animals, and other organic materials break down in hard to access locations. Usually, natural gas has to be extracted from underground reservoirs. Natural gas can also be derived from petroleum refining.
Biogas contains a small amount of hydrogen sulfide, which has a rotten-egg odor. However, anaerobic digesters are completely enclosed and biogas is not released directly to the air. Digesters are commonly installed at farms to reduce odors. What comes out of a digester after processing is much less odorous than the feedstocks that go into digesters.
A properly designed and operated system is very safe. Anaerobic digesters are designed to meet local and national codes for safety. However, they do produce methane and hydrogen sulfide. These gases both burn easily and are harmful to inhale, so it is essential to use proper gas-handling precautions. It is also important for plant operators to be well trained and follow established operational procedures
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Attend a Coastal Resilience Advisory Committee meeting, participate in one of the upcoming community engagement activities, or send us an email:
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Coastal flooding and erosion are as old as the island itself. These forces have shaped the island into the familiar form we see today. This constant and progressive shaping of land by water is now causing problems that are being quickened by sea level rise. This is threatening our island’s infrastructure as well as built and natural environments, from roads and docks to private property and the shape of our beaches. We cannot maintain the island in perpetuity, but we can take steps to reduce to the impact of these risks and to improve the resilience of our community over time.
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The CRP will result in a final report including an implementation roadmap. The planning process will result in the following:
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Contact tracing is the process of identifying, assessing, and managing people who have been exposed to a disease to prevent onward transmission. These people are called contacts. Contact tracing for COVID-19 requires identifying people who may have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and following them daily for 14 days. The goal is to stop transmission of the virus by reducing the number of people who are circulating with the virus.
A contact is defined as anyone who had direct contact or was within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes with a person infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, even if the person with the confirmed infection did not have symptoms. Contacts should remain in self-quarantine during the 14-day monitoring period to limit the possibility of exposing other people to infection should they become ill. Close contacts are encouraged to get tested.
Contact tracing is initiated for every confirmed case of COVID-19 on Nantucket. This work is spearheaded by the Town of Nantucket Health Department, which contracts with Nantucket Cottage Hospital to conduct case investigation and contact tracing.
Yes, effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders issued by the Governor. The Commonwealth has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy, and all visitors have a responsibility to help us keep transmission levels as low as possible.
The 14-day self-quarantine is advisory only, it is not required; however, there is a current Massachusetts state advisory that those travelling into Massachusetts from certain states “instructed” to self-quarantine for 14 days. Additionally, there is a mandatory face covering Order issued by the Nantucket Board of Health when in the Nantucket and Siasconset Historic Districts.
If there is an emergency please call 911. If you feel it is not safe for you to remain home, we urge you to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so we can help. Call 508-228-1212 if this is not an emergency.
The landfill is still open regular hours. Haulers are considered essential and will continue to pick up garbage and bulky items. Individuals may take their own trash to the landfill. The Town reminds everyone to use precautions and to practice safe social distancing.
You may drive to the beach or park or walking trail for exercise and fresh air - if you do, practice social distancing and considering wearing a face covering.
Yes, restaurants are open for outside and limited inside dining now as of Phase II, Step 2 in addition to curbside and takeout. See here a list of restaurants open.
Please, remember to practice social distancing and use a face covering when you do your grocery shopping.
Yes, you can get a mooring permit.
At this time the Town Pier is closed to the public. The Town’s staff who are responsible for managing the pier and insuring the safety of mariners are following the Federal, State and Local “Stay at Home” Orders. The Town Pier is closed until either the State of Emergency is lifted or the Town advises otherwise.
Yes, the Governor’s Office issued this guidance for boaters and marine activities on April 27, 2020.
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Yes, you still need to follow the same HDC submission procedures.
Submission requirements have not changed with the exception of the following:
All New Business applications must have a 10 Day Waiver and the entire submission, including the checklist and the 10 Day Waiver MUST be scanned to email@example.com.
Please drop off your HDC submission with payment at 2 Fairgrounds Road. There is a temporary drop box located out front. Staff will sign you up for the next available meeting.
If your application item is placed on an upcoming agenda, Cathy Flynn will e-mail directions about Zoom participation to the agent listed on the application form. Contact Cathy Flynn with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-325-7587 extension 7027.
Important reminder: Applications for HDC will be reviewed and placed on an agenda at the discretion of the Chairman based on the complexity of the application. Meaning, more complex applications will not be immediately scheduled due to logistical issues with the current meeting format. In addition, any HDC applications that require review from the Preservation Planner that fall within the Old Historic District (OHD) or the Sconset Old Historic District (SOHD) which are determined to require additional review by either the Historic Structures Advisory Board (HSAB) or Sconset Advisory Board (SAB), will be set aside until the governor as lifted the Stay at Home Order and public meeting can reconvene.
Staff has created an Old Business Checklist: https://www.nantucket-ma.gov/283/Historic-District-Commission. Please adhere to the Old Business submission requirements on the checklist. The checklist MUST BE completed, signed and emailed to email@example.com along with all the relative documents requested by the Commission for review. Place your Old Business submission, with the completed checklist, in the drop box at 2 Fairgrounds Road. Staff will sign you up.
A copy of the minutes MUST BE included with your Old Business submission (both email and paper document). It is part of the Old Business Checklist requirement. Failure to do so will result in a delay in hearing your application.
Staff has created a Staff Approval Checklist: https://www.nantucket-ma.gov/283/Historic-District-Commission. Please follow the Staff Approval submission requirements on the checklist. The checklist MUST BE completed, signed and emailed firstname.lastname@example.org along with all the relative documents requested by the Commission for approval. Place your Staff Approval submission, with the completed checklist, in the drop box at 2 Fairgrounds Road.
Click here to locate checklists: https://www.nantucket-ma.gov/283/Historic-District-CommissionThe General Checklist is also printed on the back of the application. Paper copies available at 2 Fairgrounds Road. NEW Scope of Work Checklists available on the HDC web page. Paper copies are available at 2 Fairgrounds Road.
All supporting documents and pictures MUST be included with your HDC submission. Please refrain from sending any additional documents after the deadline date. If you decide to screen share any additional information during the meeting, please ensure that Staff receives a copy. Any documentation presented at an Historic District Commission meeting is considered a legal document and MUST BE submitted to Staff for the record.
The HDC Meeting schedule can be found of the HDC webpage: https://www.nantucket-ma.gov/283/Historic-District-Commission. Until further notice, all HDC meetings will be held via Zoom. Deadlines for New and Old Business submissions have changed, temporarily. New Business deadlines are TUESDAY AT NOON, OLD BUSINESS WEDNESDAY AT NOON: https://nantucket-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/36335/HDC-Virtual-Meeting-Schedule-for-June-2020-PDF (with the exception of Holidays, when the town offices are closed, deadlines will be different).
It is strongly recommended to sign up for alerts on the Town of Nantucket website: https://www.nantucket-ma.gov/list.aspx?Mode=Subscribe#newsFlash.
Sign applications are available at 2 Fairgrounds Road. The Sign Checklist is available online and in paper form at 2 Fairgrounds. Please follow the procedure for submitting a New Business Application (refer #2 on this document). Please call 508-325-7587 for further information.
The Sign Advisory Council started meeting via Zoom on 6/23/20. They meet every Tuesday at 9:00am. Participants will receive Zoom and meeting instructions. The link to the meeting will be posted on the Sign agenda. This will be a recorded meeting and is accessible 24 hours by clicking an additional link on the agenda. Participants are strongly urged to attend.
The Sconset Advisory Board (SAB) and the Historic Structures Advisory Board (HSAB) will be meeting weekly on Zoom, beginning Monday 6/29/20. The SAB is scheduled to meet at Monday’s at 11:00 am and the HSAB is scheduled to meet Monday’s at 1:00 pm. The link to the meeting will be posted on their respective agendas. This will be a recorded meeting and is accessible 24 hours by clicking an additional link on the agenda.
Pay attention to the meeting schedules. If your application is to be reviewed, Staff will notify applicants via email. A link to the agenda, Zoom instructions and a link to the meeting will be included a day or two prior to the meeting.
Once the minutes have been posted on the Town of Nantucket, please allow staff 3-5 days to process your COA. COA’s are filed by the meeting date so pay close attention to which meeting you are signing up for.Please call 508-325-7587 to arrange pickup.
Currently the PLUS office is open by appointment only. Please reach out to the Administrative Specialist team at 508-325-7587 or by email at email@example.com. If you are looking for information from a building and/or HDC file and are unable to make an appointment, feel free to call or email your requests.
Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Quarantine may also apply to individuals that have traveled. See Massachusetts restrictions HERE.
All individuals entering Massachusetts after 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 2020 must quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival in Massachusetts unless the individual meets one of the criteria below:
Individuals who do not comply with their obligation to quarantine are subject to a $500 fine per day.
For more information, visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order#quarantine-requirement-and-testing-options-
The following businesses will be eligible reopen in Step Two of Phase II at a later date to be determined:
Full list and safety protocols available at www.mass.gov/reopening.
Visit the state website to read more about reopening Massachusetts.
While Town offices are open to provide services to the public, they are not currently open for the public to enter the offices. Current state guidance is that offices use alternative measures for now to serve the public (such as email, telephone, video conferencing, on-line applications, drop-boxes, curbside delivery). Until the town is able to have the appropriate safety measures in place for its employees and the public, and state guidance relaxes, the offices will remain physically closed. We urge the public to call the office you need, directly, for service.
For a list of essential services being provided please see the Continuity of Operations page.
As of March 12, 2020, all advisory board and commission meetings are being suspended except for the Select Board until further notice. Regulatory board and commission meetings are being held as needed. Please check Boards, Commissions & Committees for more information.
Please be advised that the Tax Collectors Office in currently not accepting in-person payments of tax bills, excise bills or other bills which would normally be dropped off at the office. During this time, please either mail them to the Tax Collector’s Office at 37 Washington St, Nantucket, MA 02554 of make payments on-line for real estate and motor vehicle or boat excise tax at www.nantucket-ma/gov/224/tax-collector. If you need to speak with the tax office please call 508-228-7200, option 2 and option 2 again.
If you must drop off payments in-person, please use the lock-box located at 37 Washington Street. The drop box is mounted through the wall of the building and is located in the corner under the porch.
We are currently working on getting safety protocols in place to keep the public and our employees safe. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Nantucket’s Annual Town Election was held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. For results please refer to the Town Clerk’s page
Nantucket held its Annual Town Meeting on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Please visit the 2020 Annual Town Meeting webpage for updates.
Per Governor Baker’s emergency order banning gatherings of 10 participants or more, the Town of Nantucket is suspending all existing permits for events scheduled from now until July 1 in order to meet the requirements of the order. Additionally, the Town of Nantucket is not accepting applications for new events at this time until further notice.
If organizers of these events that were scheduled between now and July 1 wish to reschedule their events, the Town is requiring all organizers to submit new applications to the Permitting and Licensing Office to make sure they are rescheduled properly once the emergency ban is lifted. For example, if your event is scheduled for June 15 and the emergency order is lifted on May 15 - you can reapply on May 15 and still hold your event on June 15 if all requirements for that permit are met. It is up to the event organizers if they are able to wait and see or cancel now or postpone to a date to be determined. At this time we cannot guarantee a postponement date until the order is lifted but we are committed to working with all organizers as best we can to create a back-up plan.
No, TIOLI is closed until further notice.
Yes the Surfside Waste Water Treatment Facility is tested regularly. Please consult the Nantucket Sewer Department page for COVID-19 Sample Collection Results.
With the amount of snowfall on Nantucket, as long as panels are on a roof or high enough off the ground for ground-mounted systems, snow should not need to be removed. The solar panels do a good job of naturally melting any snow that doesn’t slide off of them.
Cleaning solar panels is not regularly needed. A good rain should clean them off with no problem. If they do get dirty enough to affect their efficiency, they can be cleaned with a non-abrasive wash just like you would clean your windows.
As long as your solar PV system is under warranty, replacement parts should be of no cost to you. With modern solar technologies systems rarely have issues with components, so any maintenance should be uncommon.
If installed properly, roof mounted systems will not cause roof damage that could potentially cause leaks.
Technology is constantly evolving, and solar panels will inevitably become more efficient in the future. Current solar technology is efficient enough for people to greatly reduce their electric bills to a few dollars a month to even no cost per month.
The solar panels themselves have a manufacturer warranty generally around 20-25 years, while Installers have a labor warranty around 5 years. Both of these warranties are dependent on manufacturer and installer and need to be taken into consideration when investing in a solar PV system.
Currently there is a federal tax rebate of 30% off of your system cost.
There is a state rebate of 15% up to $1000.
There is a Nantucket Town SOLAR Rebate of $2500.
Quarterly net-metering payments called SRECS.
Average payback period of a system on Nantucket is around 6.5 years. This means that on average the solar PV system will pay for itself in, on average, around 6.5 years.
Like many other things on Nantucket, it is more expensive to install solar PV on Nantucket due to cost of transportation of materials and additional labor costs. The $2500 SOLAR Rebate was created to help alleviate these extra cost. But even though the system is more expensive, it is still an economically viable option to saving money.
Although Nantucket may not get as much sun as mainland areas, these systems do generate enough electricity for owners to greatly reduce their electric bills without having to install more expensive systems.
The optimal roof orientation for installing solar PV is 180 degrees due south. Roof pitch can be accounted for with the system mounting brackets. Although asphalt shingles are prefered when installing roof mounted systems, roofs with cedar shingles can still be used.
Many installers use smart apps that communicate to your solar PV system through wifi or ethernet that allow you to manage and track your system output in real time.
Rarely can solar panels be installed inside the Historic Cores on Nantucket. Like any home improvement inside the Historic Cores, projects need to contribute to keeping these zones historically accurate. Systems can’t be visible from any view, and can’t impact the historical integrity of the building.
Yes, as long as the solar panels are visibly hidden from public view or are considered to not make a negative visual impact, they can be installed on your property.
Yes, you do need HDC approval before installing solar PV outside of a Historic Core, but they are more lenient when it comes to the aesthetics of the system, as long as it is not in view of a public way.
It's recommended that you talk to your local Homeowners Association before talking to the HDC when looking to install solar PV. You won’t have to fill out and pay for an application before finding out whether or not you are allowed to install solar PV where you live.
When looking to install a system on island it is important to talk to multiple installers to get a system and company that works well for your situation. Make sure to consider the overall cost of the system, the expected payback period, system and labor warranties, and how well they communicate.
By ferry boat or airplane…There is no bridge.
The island has a year round population of around 11,000. In July and August the population swells to around 50,000 or more.
The application is available online. Hard copy resumes are available at the Town and County Building, in the Human Resources Office:
16 Broad St.
Nantucket, MA 02554
Yes, anyone can order a map. Most of our data is available to the public on our interactive WebGIS site, and printable versions are available through the department. The GIS department can also create larger format maps.
To order a map, you can call the Assessor's Office at 508-228-7211 or the GIS office at (508) 228-7200 x 7003
2 Fairgrounds Rd.
Map price is determined by the size, please call us at 508-228-7211 for more information.
The property information updated nightly from the Assessor’s database.
Two people is the maximum number and they must practice social distancing while working.
Emergency Order No. 6 requires the designation of one or more individuals of the company doing the landscape work to be COVID-19 Officer(s). They are responsible for ensuring that all of the company’s employees are following the required safety protocols in Emergency Order No. 6. Please see LINK for the necessary form that must be completed and returned to the Town’s Natural Resources Department for the designation of the Officer(s).
Starting on April 21, 2020, the following "Primary Activities" are allowed:
Initial site openings and maintenance:
Irrigation System Commissioning:
Trees and shrubs:
Starting on April 28, 2020 the following “Secondary Activities” are allowed:
No this Order only covers existing landscaping at this time.
No, this Order only covers existing landscaping at this time. However, you may plant them at your own residence.
No. The Order requires that individuals must take separate transportation to the job site, regardless of family or living status.
Nantucket’s Order is stricter than the State’s Order. Currently Nantucket is restricting landscapers to the list of activities above.
Yes, office work to maintain the essential functions of a business is allowed as long as social distancing guidelines and safety measures are followed.
Options include biking, walking, taxi, NRTA.
We are recommending that the two companies coordinate their work so as to maximize social distancing and minimize interaction. If work can occur without any overlap, it may be allowed.
Under the State Stay-at-Home Order, childcare facilities are only open for certain types of workers, landscaping workers are not in any of those categories.
If the site where you are working does not have restroom facilities, you may leave the site to use an appropriate restroom, elsewhere – while making sure to follow all sanitary, safety and social distancing protocols.
The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (www.mass.gov/info-details/employee-unemployment-faq-covid-19#eligibility-) has advised that employees receiving unemployment who seek to self-quarantine due to a “reasonable fear of exposure” or to care for “a child who is at home” need not accept suitable work that becomes available until the reasonable fear or childcare need have resolved. There is no further definition of “reasonable” in terms of fear of exposure, but legal opinion states that it needs to be something more than a generalized, subjective fear of contracting the illness, and must be based on concrete factors present in the workplace or the employee’s health condition that increase his likelihood of getting the disease.
Please also consider that the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance has advised that an employee who plans to quit his or her job out of fear of being exposed may be eligible, but must demonstrate, among other things, that such fear was reasonable under the circumstances. The DUA did not define “reasonable” in this guidance either.
What is allowed:
What is NOT allowed:
No, non-essential businesses are not allowed to open however as of May 4, 2020 the Governor announced additional guidance regarding essential and non-essential work.
Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, are a group of manmade chemicals that have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries since the 1950s. They are referred to as ‘forever chemicals’ – they are persistent in our bodies, mobile in the environment and many will not naturally degrade. PFAS chemicals are most often commercially used to create grease, water and stain resistant barriers for materials, including Teflon, grease-resistant take out containers, and upholstery and carpet treatments; these chemicals are also found in firefighting foam.
PFAS compounds can be found in:
Certain PFAS chemicals are no longer manufactured in the United States as a result of phase outs including the PFOA Stewardship Program in which eight major chemical manufacturers agreed to eliminate the use of PFOA and PFOA-related chemicals in their products and as emissions from their facilities. Although PFOA and PFOS are no longer manufactured in the United States, they are still produced internationally and can be imported into the United States in consumer goods such as carpet, leather and apparel, textiles, paper and packaging, coatings, rubber and plastics.
Concerns have been raised regarding human health and ecological risks associated with certain PFAS chemicals. The Town of Nantucket is following the guidance and testing requirements of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) as it pertains to PFAS.
On October 2, 2020, MassDEP published final regulations establishing a drinking water standard, or a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL), for the sum of six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The MCL is 20 parts per trillion (ppt) for what the regulations call PFAS6, or the sum of six PFAS compounds: perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA), and perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA).
Additional MassDEP regulations for testing of PFAS in the environment are likely in the future as scientific studies are conducted and the understanding of these chemicals increases. The Town of Nantucket has been and will perform all testing as required by MassDEP. The Town may also perform testing as recommended by our professional and licensed consultants to address specific situations.
The Town of Nantucket, Nantucket Memorial Airport and Wannacomet Water Company along with MassDEP are working together to coordinate PFAS related activities.
If homeowners are interested PFAS sampling and testing at their own election, there are laboratories you may contact and request pricing. Here are a few companies that are known to have done PFAS testing on Nantucket. This is not a complete list of all available firms and this list is not to be considered an endorsement for any particular company. Listed alphabetically:
If there are other firms that may be added to the list, please send the information to PFAS@nantucket-ma.gov
PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals used since the 1940s. PFAS were used to manufacture commercial products and firefighting foam. Some PFAS are no longer used. The potential source of PFAS present at the Town landfill, such as in waste water treatment residuals and municipal solid waste, are primarily from use of household cleaning products, food packaging, clothing, and beauty products that contained PFAS.
In 2019, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) recognized the need for more information on PFAS characteristics in wastewater treatment residuals. Prior to 2020 on Nantucket, such residuals were mixed with municipal solid waste and leaf/yard waste to be used for compost. Waste Options, the Town Contractor, collected compost samples in 2019 to maintain a proactive approach to environmental quality on the island. Specific PFAS sampling protocols were not established at that time.
The data received could not be readily assessed, as MassDEP has not yet issued criteria to evaluate risk associated with PFAS in wastewater treatment residuals or compost. Further, it is recognized that sampling was not conducted in accordance with current protocols. The Town and its Contractor Waste Options are now performing quarterly monitoring of PFAS in accordance with the recent MassDEP Approval of Suitability (AOS) permit requirement updates. Note that starting in 2019, wastewater residuals and municipal solid waste stopped being used to prepare compost for Town-wide use.
The Town is currently evaluating island-specific risk to PFAS, including compost use, and subsequent risk mitigation actions, as warranted. It is essential that subsequent actions be based on sound science and collection of samples using MassDEP sampling protocols. The Town and Contractor, Waste Options, agree that the 2020 MassDEP Approval of Suitability (AOS) permit compost sampling PFAS results will be used to discuss risk mitigation actions with the Board of Health and other public stakeholders.
As part of the Town’s public outreach strategy, the PFAS results from the independent sampling event and island-specific risk to PFAS will be made available to the community. A fact sheet on the island-specific risk to PFAS is scheduled to be released next month. The Town is also collaborating with North East Biosolids and Residuals Association (NEBRA) to prepare and distribute educational materials pertaining to PFAS in biosolids and compost, and potential use. The Town will continue to be compliant with MassDEP PFAS regulations as they evolve and will transparently communicate status to the public.
MassDEP Drinking Water Program Private Wells PFAS Sampling Program click here.
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You may pay your parking ticket online BY CLICKING HERE or you can follow the payment instructions printed on the ticket.
You may pay for your beach permit online at the town's online payments page or you can stop by the Police Department, Lobby Records Window, between Monday and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (June 15-September 1 everyday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.), located at:
4 Fairgrounds Road
Cold patch is also very expensive. It costs approximately $200/ton and it also has constraints: 1) it requires special handling, 2) needs to be kept covered, 3) it must be stored under cover to retain its adhesive properties, and 4) it tends to leak oils at certain temperatures. As a result, the Town does not “just cold patch everything" but rather applies this solution where and when appropriate.
A pothole fixer is a specialized massive infrared panel that is lowered onto the street; it heats the asphalt around the pothole prior to filling it, ensuring that the new material bonds strongly to the surrounding road, preventing repeated repairs.
1. Use the SeeClickFix mobile phone app, or2. Call DPW at 508-228-7244 and a traceable work order will be created, or3. Report via this website.
All of those options are great and DPW is taking notes as they drive around to make sure they know where potholes are, too.
The landfill fees are been reviewed and will be published in January 2020.
All land transfers and any transfer of interest, including leases (of 30 years or more including extensions) must be processed through the Land Bank prior to being recorded in our office. Visit their website or call their office at 508-228-7240.
Visit the Registry of Deeds at 16 Broad Street, Nantucket MA. The Registry is open for research Monday through Friday, 8am – 4pm.
If you cannot make it to the Registry, you may send a request by mail.
The request must include:
A cover letter with the book and page or Registered Land document number of the deed or document.
A check made out to the “Nantucket Registry of Deeds” for the exact amount of the transaction.
The cost for copies is $1.00 per page. You may call the Registry at 508-228-7250 if you are unsure of the number of pages in your deed or document.
A self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of the deed or document to you.
Mail To: Nantucket Registry of Deeds16 Broad Street Nantucket MA 02554
You can locate and print a non-certified copy of deeds and documents online for free by clicking here. Please note the search criteria is automatically set to the Recorded Land Name Search. If your property is Registered Land, click on Search Criteria in the top left corner and click “Registered Land (Land Court) – Name Search”*
* Please note the masslandrecords.com website uses pop-up windows to view, print, and download documents. Your pop-up blocker must be turned off. This is not something our office can help you with.
Click here for a guide on how to use the online database.Important things to remember:
Instructions for Online Orders
When placing an order online, please note the following:
The Registry is open Monday through Friday;
Recording hours are from 8am – 12pm and 1pm – 3:45pm.
Research hours are from 8am -4pm.
Please click here for a complete list of our current fees.
In Massachusetts an Excise Stamp Tax (MGL c.64D, s.1) shall apply to deeds, instruments or writings whereby any lands, tenements or other realty sold shall be granted, assigned, transferred or otherwise conveyed to, or vested in, the purchaser...when the consideration of the interest or property conveyed, exclusive of the value of any lien or encumbrance remaining thereon at the time of sale. There is no excise tax due where the consideration stated is less than $100.00.
The excise tax rate is $4.56 per $1000.00 of consideration, rounded up to the nearest $500. For example: if a consideration is stated as $1,546,300.00, then the deeds excise is calculated using $1,546,500.00 and the total fee would be $7,052.04.
Please note: a separate check is required for excise tax payments.
No. Todas las oficinas del municipio y el condado de Nantucket están cerradas hasta el 18 de mayo del 2020.
No. Many close for the winter. But, there are always restaurants open in the off-season.
Yes. A weekly list is available to take from the office or on the website.
Any residential, commercial, or municipal property owner or tenant wishing to display a sign exceeding 2’ by 6” in width or a second sign of any size on any lot, building, or structure must apply. Signs that are displayed on a building or a window and are visible from a traveled way (including temporary signs or the relocation or alteration of existing signs) must receive approval from the Historic District Commission.
Freestanding signs are not permitted. The HDC defines freestanding signs to include any sign attached to, or part of a completely self-supporting structure, other than a building or a fence, including rock signs for commercial purposes. Refer to Appendix C for further information.
A political sign is a temporary sign used to advertise candidates for public office or to address public concerns. The HDC encourages political signs to conform to all relevant stated guidelines. The HDC recommends political candidate signs be removed immediately following an election, however signage must be limited to 30 days.
A Non-Commercial sign is generally used to express concerns and political points of view. The HDC encourages non-commercial signs to conform to all relevant stated guidelines.
On occasion non-commercial yard signs gather in visible public spaces throughout the island and on private property. Sometimes the Town is asked to remove these signs however the "simple" answer is that such signs are considered an extension of free speech and are allowed in the public way and on private property. The Town has been advised that the power of the Town to regulate speech in a public way is limited. Due to a 2015 Supreme Court case (Reed v. Gilbert, AZ), a municipality may no longer regulate non-commercial signs based on the content of the message. Public streets and sidewalks are generally recognized as public forums. They are generally considered to be publicly owned areas where individuals have the right to traverse, speak freely, protest and assemble.
No sign shall be installed in a manner or location that obstructs a public way or causes any relevant safety concerns.
The Sign Advisory Council started meeting via Zoom on 06/23/20. They meet every Tuesday at 9:00 am. Participants will receive Zoom and meetings instructions. The link to the meeting will be posted on the Sign Advisory Council agenda. This will be a recorded meeting and is accessible 24 hours by clicking an additional link on the agenda. Participants are strongly urged to attend.
A cross connection is a connection between a drinking water pipe and a polluted source. The pollution can come from your own home. For instance, you’re going to spray fertilizer on your lawn. You hook up your hose to the sprayer that contains the fertilizer. If the water pressure drops at the same time you turn on the hose, the fertilizer may be sucked back into the drinking water pipes through the hose. This problem can be prevented by using an attachment on your hose called a backflow-prevention device.The Wannacomet Water Company and the Siasconset Water Department recommends the installation of backflow prevention devices, such as a low-cost hose bib vacuum breaker, for all inside and outside hose connections. You can purchase this at a hardware store or plumbing supply store. This is a great way for you to help protect the water in your home as well as the drinking water system in your town! For additional information on cross connections and on the status of your water systems cross connection program, please contact Chris Pykosz, Wannacomet Operations Manager at 5
Lead is a mineral which is found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. It can be a serious health risk when too much of it enters the body.
Lead rarely occurs naturally in water. Lead may not be in your drinking water, but if it is, it typically enters your water after it leaves your local treatment plant or well. Lead is dissolved in water by corrosion of lead pipe or lead soldered pipe joints commonly found in the water distribution system.
Even if your home contains lead or lead soldered plumbing, you are not necessarily at risk. Over time, mineral deposits may form a coating on the inside of pipes which can prevent water from contacting lead plumbing materials. This coating usually takes years to form, and may not form at all. Lead plumbing materials have been identified as the primary source of lead contamination in drinking water today.
If your home was built after 1986, it is unlikely that your home plumbing system contains any lead. In 1986, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the use of lead pipes and pipe fittings containing more than 8 percent lead, and the use of solder containing more than 0.2 percent lead. Before 1930, lead pipes were commonly used in home plumbing and in the connections between homes and the public water supply. Copper pipes were often joined with lead solder until this practice was prohibited in 1986.
According to the EPA, everyone who ingests lead is susceptible to its effects because it accumulates in the body. At sufficient levels, lead can impair the reproductive and central nervous systems and may interfere with behavioral and emotional development.
In adults, lead can increase blood pressure and interfere with hearing. At high levels of exposure, lead can cause anemia, kidney damage and mental retardation.
Because of their size, children are at even greater risk than adults. Lead can reduce childrens’ IQ, causing them to become slow learners, and it can interfere with the formation of red blood cells. Lead can also delay the physical and mental development of babies and young children and impair the mental abilities of children in general.
The United States EPA sets the standards for what is considered a safe exposure to lead in drinking water. Federal law requires municipal water utilities to monitor tap water lead levels in a percentage of the households they served. Corrosion control treatment must be installed if more than 10% of these households have had levels greater than the action level of 15 parts per billion. Utilities are required to replace lead service lines within the next 15 years if a problem persists. The EPA has established a maximum contaminant level goal of zero lead content. This is solely a health goal and is not enforceable on public water systems.
The best way to find out whether your water has lead in it, is to have it tested. Please call the Water Company for a list of approved laboratories in the area that you can call to have your water tested for led.
One precaution is to flush the tap water each morning for about one minute, or until cold, to clear out lead that accumulates overnight. Use only cold water for drinking and cooking. Hot water is more likely to dissolve lead into the water than cold water and may contain more lead as a result.
You may have a leak, your meter may have been misread, you may have simply used more water than normal - especially during the summer months. Customers often times are unaware of how much water they actually use. Please call the Water Company for a review of your account.
Yes, the water meets or exceeds all D.E.P. and E.P.A. standards.
Everyone is billed monthly. If you do not receive your bill, please call the Water Company at 508-228-0022.
Effective 1/1/98, the Town of Nantucket contracted with the Water Company to do the billing.
To prevent your service pipe between the house and meter from freezing during the winter.
The service charge recovers the fixed cost.