Topics: Infrastructure

After Delays, Hidden Pocket Park Sees Improvements

By: Alan Pollock

SOUTH CHATHAM — The caution tape is down and the playground at the tiny South Chatham Park is open for business. It’s a welcome sight for neighbors, who’ve been lobbying for improvements since 2015. “The next phase is underway,” Parks and Recreation Director Dan Tobin said this week. In the next few days, contractor T.W. Nickerson will be installing fine, compact gravel to complete a handicap-accessible w...

CHATHAM — For many seasonal residents, this is the weekend for cleaning up, packing up and heading south for the winter. But before they go, members of the town’s summer residents’ advisory committee gave their annual report to selectmen Monday, staking out positions on a number of key issues facing the town. Committee Chairman Colette Trailor said her group and its subcommittees received detailed informatio...

New Era For Orleans DPW Is In The Works

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The old highway department complex on Bay Ridge Lane looks like an estate sale waiting to happen. More than a patina – call it an encrustation – of age has settled in many of the buildings. In one garage, there's a hulking generator that appears to date back to the Model T assembly line. “When they run it in the winter, they have to keep the garage doors open 18 inches,” said Tom Daley, the town's ...

Retired CG Commander Will Be New Emergency Manager CHATHAM — With peak hurricane season approaching, and with last winter’s severe winter storms still fresh in people’s memories, the town is answering questions about its state of disaster preparedness. Fire Chief Peter Connick told selectmen Monday that the town has hired John Kondratowicz, a retired Coast Guard captain and professor of emergency managem...

HARWICH — The groundbreaking for the new East Harwich Fire Station should take place in the next couple of weeks. The town is currently awaiting a ruling from the state Attorney General's Office on a bid protest filed by the Sheet Metal Workers Union in Boston. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said traditionally the general contract does not get awarded until the AG's Office advises on such challenges. The...

ORLEANS — Any Cape Codder who drops anchor in the reception area of the new Orleans police station will feel right at home. There's a center area that resembles a dock, with wooden seats that might serve elsewhere as pews. The dispatch and records windows are identified by driftwood signs. “It was the chief's idea, to keep it looking kind of Cape Coddish,” Lt. Kevin Higgins said. It's a calming area in wh...

CHATHAM – The popular Lighthouse Overlook looks a bit different these days, and the change also makes it a bit safer, according to officials. Along the fence on the west side of the road, in front of the Coast Guard Station, there's a brand new sidewalk. There's also a new sidewalk along the southern end of the overlook, in front of the Chatham Beach and Tennis Club. Both conform with Americans With Disabiliti...

Pet Crematorium Opposition Grows

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Opponents of the proposal to build a pet crematorium adjacent to the pet burial ground on Queen Anne Road stood before selectmen Monday night requesting that the town meeting article seeking $577,950 to build the facility be withdrawn from the warrant. The statements presented to the board related to government competing with private enterprise and the use of taxes to build the facility when the town...

Town Meeting To Decide On Pet Burial Ground Crematory

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The proposed creation of a crematory at the new pet burial grounds on Queen Anne Road has the support of the selectmen and finance committee heading into town meeting, but one resident said he didn't think it made any sense. If he was an investor on the television program “Shark Tank,” resident Richard Gundersen told selectmen Monday night, he'd say, “I'm out, it doesn't make it.” Cemetery Adminis...

CHATHAM – Anyone who has driven down Stepping Stones Road in the past two weeks can't help but notice it: The hill that sat along the south side of the road between the bike trail and Heritage Lane is significantly lower. Heavy trucks have been leveling the hill, removing truckload after truckload of earth to create more usable terrain for an expanded Union Cemetery. Some of the sand has gone to protect se...

Even as the third in a series of powerful coastal storms bore down on the region this week, officials hadn’t yet finished cleaning up debris and assessing damage from the first storm. As they wrestled with the future of Liam’s Snack Shack at Nauset Beach (see story, page 3), Orleans officials took action to save the town bandstand from the encroaching surf. With the structure on the edge of the eroded dune, pu...

New East Harwich Fire Station Wins Selectmen's Support

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — The board of selectmen Monday unanimously endorsed the construction of a new East Harwich fire substation, even though the costs are likely to be about $2 million higher than expected. The $6,044,954 request will go before voters in May. Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr., said he takes responsibility for the fact that the project cost has jumped significantly since he pledged to hold the line at $4 mil...

CHATHAM — After a crack appeared in the ceiling of the computer training room, town officials brought in a structural engineer to check the condition of the council on aging building on Stony Hill Road. The results weren't good, and officials say the repairs could top $100,000. The problem was discovered in March, and the engineer recommended the installation of a steel beam to better support the roof. Witho...

Adjustments Considered For Harwich Cultural Center

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The success of the Harwich Cultural Center in the former Harwich Middle School was evident Monday night when selectmen discussed some potential adjustments there. Community Center Director Carolyn Carey told selectmen there is a 21-person waiting list to access space in the facility. Carey said she is working with Facilities Maintenance Director Sean Libby to upgrade the three portable classrooms to ...

Selectmen OK Purchase Of Eldredge Garage Property

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In a closed-door session Tuesday, selectmen voted to proceed with the purchase of the former Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St. The terms of the proposed sale were not immediately available, but in January, special town meeting voters appropriated $2.5 million to buy the land for possible use for parking, open space preservation, rest rooms or other public purposes. Selectmen will have the ul...

Saquatucket Bids Under $7M

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town received several competitive bids for the Saquatucket Harbor marine side reconstruction project expected to begin in October. Two of the base bids were within the $7 million appropriation approved in the May for the project. There were seven bids filed with base bids ranging from $6.8 to $9.1 million. There were three alternates also provided in the bid package. The low bidder was BTT Marine...