Topics: Infrastructure

Gas Line Replacement Begins On Depot Road In Harwich

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After National Grid gas line replacement tied up traffic along Route 39 this past spring, a spokesman for the company made it clear work would not be done on that main road in the next couple of months. However, gas main replacement will be done on Depot Road and side streets throughout the summer. Brad Wheeler, a senior project manager for National Grid, explained to selectmen last week that work wa...

Bids Are Out For Both Saquatucket Harbor Projects

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With both the waterside and landside renovation projects now out to bid, there is likely going to be a lot of activity in and around Saquatucket Harbor over the winter. However, it will take a trip to the former Harwich Middle School building to locate harbor and natural resources departments staff. Harbormaster John Rendon said there are only a couple of more permits to put in place which are expect...

ORLEANS — Necessity was the mother not of invention but decision at last week's selectmen's meeting. Faced with competing interests – a state remake of Main Street's intersections with Routes 6A and 28 and the need eventually to install sewers and connections in the same locations – the board endorsed a gravity flow system for the sites. Members were facing an end-of-July deadline to get those specs to the M...

More than a postcard backdrop, the Cape's working waterfront is an economic engine. And it deserves continued financial support from the state, said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who is also the chairman of the state's Seaport Economic Council, which is making sizable investments in the shorefront infrastructure in Chatham and Harwich. Polito visited Old Mill Boat Yard in Chatham and Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich Por...

Selectmen Split On Saquatucket Harbor Landside Costs

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It was clear Monday night that some town officials are still concerned with the cost of the Saquatucket Harbor landside development project. The town is expected to seek bids on the project this week. Harbormaster John Rendon provided selectmen with the latest estimate from Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber, Architects, the firm that did the design for the harbor improvements. “I know there are...

Polito: Waterfront Investments Boost Economy

By: Alan Pollock

More than a postcard backdrop, the Cape's working waterfront is an economic engine. And it deserves continued financial support from the state, said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who is also the chairman of the state's Seaport Economic Council, which is making sizable investments in the shorefront infrastructure in Chatham and Harwich. Polito visited Old Mill Boat Yard in Chatham and Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich Por...

ORLEANS — Selectmen voted last week to file for permits for a phased retreat of the town's facilities at Nauset Beach. “The average rate of erosion was 12 feet per year between 1994 and 2005,” town consultant Leslie Fields of the Woods Hole Group told the board July 10. “The last two years, it's been a little bit less. Mother Nature has bought the town a little bit of time.” That reprieve has allowed a co...

ORLEANS — Over the last 14 years, the historic Northwest Schoolhouse between Namskaket and Rock Harbor roads has received around $350,000 in community preservation funds from the town. Paul Davies is among those who wants to invite townspeople inside to benefit from their investment in the building, also known as the Odd Fellows Hall. Although a public discussion May 20 at Snow Library on creating a “well-pl...

For Now, West Chatham Route 28 Plan Moves Ahead

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — At least for the time being, it's all green lights for the controversial West Chatham Route 28 roadway project. On Monday, regional transportation planners opted to keep the project as part of the current Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), triggering a 21-day public comment period before the Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization takes a final vote. Opponents of the roadway plan soug...

Stalemate On Route 28 Plan

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A deadlocked board of selectmen Tuesday failed to endorse the continuation of the West Chatham Route 28 reconstruction project. The vote sends a fresh signal to state officials that the board is divided on the plan, but by itself, it does nothing to stop the project from going forward. Chairman Jeffrey Dykens said board member Seth Taylor called on him to recuse himself from the vote because his wi...

CHATHAM — Saying they are hopeful a legal settlement can be reached with a group of Stage Neck property owners, selectmen last week tabled a town meeting article seeking to reaffirm a controversial 1997 road taking. Following a closed-door session with town counsel, selectmen voted unanimously to indefinitely postpone action on a warrant article which would have confirmed the 1997 taking of easements for por...

Eldredge Garage, A Downtown Landmark, Is Demolished

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — After more than a century watching over the east end of downtown Chatham, the landmark Eldredge Garage building has been razed. On Monday, a small crew using an excavator tore down the large barn piece by piece, pulling aside scrap metal and salvageable timbers for recycling. By the end of the day Monday, about two-thirds of the structure had been demolished, and work was suspended Tuesday because ...

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...