Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning
Wrentham Community Resilience Building: Summary of Findings
Wrentham received a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to participate in the Commonwealth's Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program. The program provides support for municipalities to plan and implement key climate resilience actions using a community-based, multi-disciplinary, participatory planning effort.
Participants in the workshop brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise from their diverse local experiences and fields. Each group identified the City's social, environmental, and infrastructure-related vulnerabilities and identified actions to address them.
The group identified the following as areas of concern:
|West Wrentham||People with disabilities*||DPW Complex||Lakes|
|Lake Pearl||People with Medical Rehabilitation needs*||Well pump stations||Non-contiguous open space|
|Town Center||People with mental illness*||Wells||Drinking water|
|Wrentham Outlets||Senior citizens||Utility Substations||Non-point pollution|
|Court House employees||Eagle Dam||Taunton River Basin|
|Family pets||Crocker Pond Dam|
|Low income individuals||Red Dam|
|*These individuals are all serviced in medical/professional facilities located in Wrentham||Route 121|
Top Recommendations to Improve Resilience
- Establish a shelter that can serve the community for multiple days, is ADA compliant, can include showers and cooking facilities, and provide back-up power generation. Consider the Delaney School as an option.
- Relocate the Department of Public Works complex including the building, salt shed, and other facilities outside of the floodplain.
- Improve and upgrade communication equipment and strategies for public safety and municipal staff, particularly during emergencies. Ensure there are back-up strategies that will function in the event of loss of electricity and internet, such as redundancy towers.
- Create a more cohesive Local Emergency Planning Committee and work to create a better more cohesive Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
- Create a plan to protect residents during emergencies and extreme weather events for Bennett Gardens and other Housing Authority facilities.
- Increase the size of the Senior Center.
- Expand Food Pantry operations to include all residents and increase hours during time of emergencies and extreme weather events.
- Create back-up potable water options during emergencies and extreme weather events.
- Re-evaluate existing stormwater bylaws. Ensure bylaws address water quality issues and green infrastructure opportunities for stormwater management.
- Create a new Open Space and Recreation Plan that prioritizes connected open space and acquiring land that prioritizes resiliency and climate/natural hazard mitigation.
- Restore the lake systems in town for water quality, recreation opportunity, and flood mitigation.