Topics: Board of Selectmen News

CHATHAM – Two familiar faces and one newcomer were elected to the board of selectmen Tuesday. Incumbents Dean Nicastro and Cory Metters each won their second three-year term on the board, while planning board chairman Peter Cocolis captured a one-year seat left vacant by the resignation of Amanda Love. Metters topped the voting for the two three-year terms with 1,251, followed by Nicastro with 1,006, and fo...

CHATHAM – Despite Thursday's annual election having the highest number of contested races in several years, fund raising by candidates fell below the three previous elections. According to campaign finance reports filed last Wednesday, candidates raised a total of $9,873 this year. That's roughly half of last year's $19,601 total raised by two candidates running for a single seat on the board of selectmen. Thr...

CHATHAM – Despite Thursday's annual election having the highest number of contested races in several years, fund raising by candidates fell below the three previous elections. According to campaign finance reports filed last Wednesday, candidates raised a total of $9,873 this year. That's roughly half of last year's $19,601 total raised by two candidates running for a single seat on the board of selectmen. Thr...

CHATHAM – Two last-minute candidates, one of whom is a former selectman, have transformed this year's annual town election from what was an uncontested yawner into a potentially hot race. Last Thursday, the final day to secure a place on the May 17 ballot, Seth Taylor turned in nomination papers to run for the two three-year terms on the board, while Jamie Bassett turned in papers for the one-year unexpired te...

CHATHAM – Peter Cocolis' career in the aerospace industry, where he worked on commercial and military programs, and in the Air Force, where he worked at the Pentagon and participated in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks in the 1980s, taught him both to ask a lot of questions and not be afraid to make mistakes. “You learn by doing and you learn by making mistakes,” he said. Currently chairman of the plannin...

CHATHAM – With one week left before nominations for the annual town election close, there are candidates for every position on the ballot, but as of early this week no contested races. Planning Board Chairman Peter Cocolis became the latest to join the slate of candidates, taking out nomination papers for the one-year term on the board of selectmen left vacant by the resignation of Amanda Love. Cocolis was una...

Selectmen To Set Rules For Naming Town Facilities

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With two worthy candidates nominated to have parts of the community center named after them, selectmen have decided that the town needs a policy on the naming of town facilities. At their Dec. 5 meeting, the parks and recreation commission voted unanimously to support naming the community center gymnasium after the late Gary Anderson; they also unanimously favored naming the lobby in honor of the l...

Lawton Takes Over As Interim Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Former interim town administrator Robert Lawton was on the job once again on Monday, this time serving as an interim assistant town administrator. Lawton will serve in that capacity through the annual town meeting. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said bringing Lawton in to serve as his assistant will allow Assistant Town Administrator Charleen Greenhalgh to focus on her new position as town plan...

No Special Election To Fill Vacant Selectman's Seat

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Saying the costs simply don’t justify the benefits, selectmen Monday voted to wait until the May annual town election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of board member Amanda Love, rather than calling a special election. “There’s a potential cost of at least $6,000 to hold a special election,” board Chairman Cory Metters said. And according to the town clerk, the earliest a special ele...

Selectman Jannell Brown Acquitted Of Assault

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — An Orleans District Court judge last week found Harwich Selectman Jannell Brown not guilty of a single count of domestic assault and battery following a July 18 incident. The misdemeanor assault charge stemmed from an argument in which her accuser called police to report that Brown was refusing to give him his car keys and had slapped him in the face. Brown described the man as her former domestic ...

HARWICH — Grasping municipal finance can be like learning a foreign language. That's the sentiment of Carol Coppola, the town's prospective finance director/town accountant, who said she's eager to make the budgetary process easier for people to understand. By unanimous vote of selectmen Monday, and pending successful salary negotiations, Coppola will take the town's top finance job in about a month. Copp...

Selectmen Consider Rolling Out Retail Marijuana Provisions

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen began rolling out a plan to address the ballot question that was approved in November allowing the use of recreational marijuana and the sale of pot through retail stores. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said legal matters relating to the use and sale of marijuana were discussed at the recent Massachusetts Municipal Association conference. The town of West Bridgewater approved a tempor...

HARWICH — Robert Widegren, who served on the board of selectmen and the planning board, along with many civic organizations, has died at the age of 87. The board of selectmen held a moment of silence in Mr. Widegren's honor Monday. Mr. Widegren came to Cape Cod in 1972, continuing his career with New England Telephone, later known as NYNEX. But he's best known for his contributions to town government and ...

Selectmen Brush Up On Open Meeting Law

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Saying Selectman Amanda Love clearly didn't intend to circumvent the Open Meeting Law with a Jan. 9 email she sent to fellow board members and to the press, selectmen nonetheless acknowledged the apparent violation and underwent a short refresher course from town counsel Tuesday. The Cape Cod Chronicle filed a complaint with the board about the email, which urged board members to consider promoting...

Can Chatham Ban Pot Shops?

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are joining with Governor Charlie Baker to delay the implementation of a voter-approved law legalizing marijuana sales. Local officials are using that extra time to consider ways to keep pot retailers from opening shop in town. While voters across the state approved the law by a 54 to 46 percent margin, Selectman Dean Nicastro said that more than 57 percent of Chatham voter...

Irregularities Cited In CPC's Vote

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Recreation is the big winner when it comes to accessing Community Preservation Act funds in town meeting this spring. The community preservation committee last week recommended only four articles for the warrant and three are for recreation purposes. The committee met last Thursday night in a session that is questionably compliant with the Open Meeting Law. New Business on the posting of the meeting ...