Topics: Infrastructure

Old Middle School Hosts Budding Artists' Colony

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — While the debate continues about the future of the old Harwich Middle School building, something interesting is happening inside. Art. So far, eight artists and craftspeople have rented out classrooms for use as studio or workshop space, some on a monthly basis and some for only a few weeks. The auditorium has also been rented for a day by musicians, and for a week by the Cape Cod Lighthouse Chart...

Town Publishes 12-page Primer On Wastewater Plan

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — It doesn't qualify as leisure reading, but the town's new handbook on water quality aims to answer some key questions about wastewater treatment, like why it's being done, where certain measures will be needed, and how much it'll cost. Selectmen approved the 12-page document on a split vote last week. It can be downloaded from the town's website by clicking on the water droplet button on the home pag...

Saquatucket Landside Development Plan Nearing Completion

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The landside plans for redeveloping Saquatucket Harbor is rapidly taking shape. With the architectural design work almost 75 percent complete, the Saquatucket development committee will be bring the project before the board selectmen next week. The landside project, which incorporates the 5.2 acre town-owned harbor site and the newly acquired 2.2- acre former Downey property, will provide additional ...

Orleans Main Street / 6A Makeover Feels The Pinch

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS – Higher than expected costs for some elements of the makeover of the key intersection of Route 6A and Main Street have the town seeing red – to the amount of $144,652. In his quarterly activities report to selectmen Feb. 1, DPW/Natural Resources Director Tom Daley presented the problem – and a solution. In 2014, town meeting authorized spending $428,000 on items that the state would not cover in its p...

DPW Director Describes Perfect Storm Of Snow Troubles

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — As of early this week, the last remnants of the Jan. 7 snowfall had yet to vanish completely. Nor had the memories of the storm. Public Works Director Tom Temple praised the efforts of crews working to keep the roads plowed, despite a series of setbacks that left the town short of plows. Giving an update to the board of selectmen last week, Temple said it may be time for Chatham to consider using a l...

Cranberry Valley Heading For Long-awaited Face Lift

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A second look is always a good idea when a golfer is about to make a putt. That turned out to also be the case for the town's golf committee. After a second look at facilities improvements at Cranberry Valley Golf Course, the group has come back with a broader scope of improvements and an estimated $400,000 in savings. A few years ago the committee retained the firm of Brown, Lindquist, Fenuccio a...

Committee Recommends Selling Old Fire Station Property

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The real estate and open space committee is recommending that selectmen move forward with an appraisal and begin investigating the process for selling the former fire station property on Bank Street. The property currently houses the harbor department's workshop. Town Administrator Christopher Clark sent a memo to the committee in early November noting the planned infrastructure improvements at Saqua...

Education Program Eyes Middle School

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Classes will once again be in session at the Harwich Middle School, with a room rental program by the town eliciting interest from a summer environmental education program and others. Since a sign was placed in front of the school announcing the availability of rooms Community Center Director Carolyn Carey has been busy serving as the town's real estate agent. “I show it on a regular basis,” Carey...

EAST HARWICH — In May, town meeting voters will be asked to appropriate $310,000 for an architect to draft up plans to expand and renovate the 40-year-old East Harwich fire substation. And if they approve the measure, construction funds would be sought next year for what fire officials say is a badly needed capital project. The expansion of the fire station is still in its early conceptual phase, and officia...

CHATHAM – Due to ongoing construction work, the boat launching ramp at the town-owned Old Mill Boatyard will be closed Monday through Friday beginning this week. The ramp will be open over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Nov. 24 to 27, but will close again on Monday, Nov. 28. Thereafter, it will be open on weekends through mid February, when the Old Mill Boatyard construction project is expected to be comple...

WEST HARWICH — On a clear blue morning Tuesday, thunder crashed over the trees in West Harwich. Or rather, the thunderous sound of steel plates colliding as high-flying workmen began disassembling the Lothrop Avenue water tower. It was the beginning of the end for the 30-year-old structure, which survived hurricanes and blizzards and served as a landmark for mariners offshore. It is being dismantled this wee...

Construction Will Limit Old Mill Boatyard Access

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Reconstruction of the Old Mill Boatyard bulkhead and replacement of floats will begin this week, restricting access to the facility's parking area. The boat ramp will remain open through Nov. 20, but after that will be closed, with the possible exception of some weekends. Officials urge boaters to use the Barn Hill Road ramp as an alternative, since no trailer and very limited single-vehicle parking ...

Work Begins On Town-operated Pet Cemetery

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The pet cemetery approved by voters for 2.25 acres of town-owned land along Queen Anne Road is showing a little life, with department of public works employees using a Bobcat to clear brush from the lot. “We trying to get the lay of the land, find out what the topography is there,” Cemetery Administrator Robbin Kelley said of the work taking place last Thursday. Voters approved the use of the land...

Town Seeks Shared Uses For Bridge Street Property

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In 2014, voters purchased land near the Mitchell River drawbridge for a wide range of potential uses, from a commercial fishing vessel offloading pier to a handicap-accessible platform for recreational anglers, a new home for the town's shellfish upweller, or a new dock for Coast Guard boats. Now, with the property already in regular use by the public, town officials are asking stakeholders to help th...

CHATHAM – Planned improvements at Old Mill Boatyard have been scaled back after bids for the work came in above the available funding for the project. The most significant element of the work – replacement of the bulkhead at the town-owned Stage Harbor facility – remain in new bid documents issued last week. Other items have been removed and a few included as alternatives which could be added into the project ...

Saquatucket Renovation Project Stalled A Year

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The proposed $7 million Saquatucket Harbor waterside renovation project will be put on hold for a year while the town works through additional permitting issues required by the Army Corps of Engineers. There are two issues the town will need to address. One is the need for additional biological testing of dredge material in the harbor, while the other relates to a 408 permit, requiring the Corps to a...