Topics: Wastewater treatment

Town Meeting Approves Sewer, Saquatucket Grant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — An overflow of voters filled the community center gymnasium and a satellite room on the opening night of town meeting Monday, voicing support for phase two of the comprehensive wastewater management plan, a new fire station in East Harwich and additional funding for the Saquatucket Harbor landside construction project. The first night of the annual legislative session began as a slow roller with the ...

Crematorium, Sewer Top Town Meeting Warrant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The 69-article annual town meeting warrant is expected to ignite some fireworks on Monday night with such controversial topics as funding for a pet crematorium and sewer infrastructure in East Harwich. There are other topics that certainly will draw debate, including using a $1 million grant to offset the cost of the Saquatucket Harbor landside project; a $6.7 million East Harwich fire station replac...

Town Makes Final Sales Pitch On East Harwich Sewer Project

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — As voters head into town meeting next week to act on funding phase two of the comprehensive wastewater management plan, town officials and their consultants last Thursday night sought to answer outstanding questions on the minds of residents. At a cost of $24.7 million, phase two would sewer 640 properties in a portion of the Pleasant Bay Watershed and fund 90 percent of a pumping station that would ...

Sennott Bog Purchase Tied To Cold Brook Restoration

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, working with the Harwich Conservation Trust, has purchased the 7.9-acre cranberry bog along Bank Street formerly owned by John and Paula Sennott. The purchase is instrumental to the Harwich Conservation Trust's ecological restoration plan for the Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve, which the bog property abuts, giving the trust control of the water flow f...

Trust And Town Seek Agreement On Cold Brook Restoration

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — While funding and technical details relating to the design alterations of the Harwich Conservation Trust's Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve are still being discussed, town officials, consultants, state and trust representatives are confident they are getting close to a final plan. “We're actually getting close and I can't think of a more exciting project to address the nitrogen issue,” said David ...

Two Steps Forward For Regional Wastewater Partnership

By: William F. Galvin

DENNIS — The regional partnership to address water quality issues in Harwich, Dennis and Yarmouth received some reassurances last week with Dennis and Harwich reaffirming commitments to place articles on this spring's annual town meeting warrants seeking authorization for special legislation to establish the DHY Clean Waters Community Partnership. In a joint meeting among the three boards of selectmen last Thu...

Town's Sewer Era Dawns On Main Street

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — There was a grand opening on Main Street Monday, ill-attended save for construction crews and police officers. Shortly after 7 a.m. March 12, Revoli Construction opened the pavement of Main Street in front of Snow Library's parking lot to begin construction of the downtown sewer system. Giant earth-moving equipment clanked into position as pavement was ground down to dirt. Selectman Alan McClennen...

Wastewater Committee Talks Designs, Dollars And Details

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — In a sparsely attended meeting last week, officials fielded lots of questions about the $22.5 million East Harwich sewer system plan. But they’re the first to admit that they don’t yet have all the answers. Having been fully constituted for only around a month, the new wastewater support committee held an informational meeting at town hall last Thursday, and provided a progress update. The town’s w...

Sewer Shovels To Dig In March 5 On Main Street

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS – The downtown sewer construction project will begin March 5 on Main Street at the entrance to Snow Library's parking lot, DPW/Natural Resources Director Tom Daley told selectmen last week. For two days, library patrons will have to park across the street or in the Nauset Regional Middle School lot above the library. Other changes are ahead for businesses in the downtown area. Daley said Police Lt. Kev...

ORLEANS — Another way to apportion the cost of the planned town sewer system is gaining ground. The current phased approach would burden those in the early stages with more of the cost for the treatment plant and disposal site that will eventually be used by all sewer customers. Putting the plant and disposal costs on the tax rate, rather than paying for those facilities in part with individual betterments, cou...

In the years and decades ahead, many Lower Cape residents will see new sewer lines being installed in their neighborhoods, part of efforts to meet state-mandated limits on nutrient pollution. And while they can expect to collectively spend hundreds of millions of dollars to build those systems, they’ll also have to spend several thousand dollars each to connect their homes. To that end, Barnstable County offic...

ORLEANS — Selectmen will invite the finance committee and the Orleans Water Quality Advisory Panel (OWQAP) to their Jan. 10 meeting for the unveiling of a revised financial model for paying the capital costs of a downtown sewer system. That decision came at the end of a discussion Dec. 13 on whether the consensus-building OWQAP process, which brought eight community organizations together as stakeholders for...

Payson Remembered As Detail-driven Water Advocate

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — John Payson, who consistently challenged the town's approach to managing drinking water and wastewater, died last Tuesday after a brief bout with cancer. He was 94 years old, and had been doggedly researching water management issues until just a few weeks before his death, according to his family. Mr. Payson was a regular contributor to the development of the town's comprehensive wastewater managem...

ORLEANS — In recent years, the town has been marching down the field toward its goal of cleaning its waters. At next month's special town meeting, selectmen will ask voters to support grinding out a few more yards now to set up a full-scale attack on the end zone at annual town meeting in May. Some members had higher ambitions for the Oct. 16 meeting, but with four positive votes required to put borrowing qu...

APCC Chief Talks About The Politics Of Water Quality

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In addition to being a former state environmental official and the current executive director for the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Andrew Gottleib is a four-term Mashpee selectman. And he knows that if constituents don't speak out about an issue, it won't be a priority for his board. That's why in some towns, wastewater planning hasn't really moved the political needle, he said. “In many resp...

ORLEANS — Selectmen planned to hold their clear-the-air work session on water quality projects last night (Aug. 30) with decisions pending on wastewater collection and treatment options and alternative ways in which the system could be designed, built, and operated. And there's more to come: at the board's Aug. 23 meeting, Selectman Mark Mathison said the shellfish and waterways improvement advisory committe...