Chatham News

Split Board Favors Housing For 127 Old Harbor Rd.

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — On a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, the select board backed a plan to set aside the former water department office at 127 Old Harbor Rd. for affordable or attainable housing. Their decision was clouded by complex legal issues surrounding the property, as well as some philosophical divisions among board members. Town meeting voters, who overwhelmingly endorsed a nonbinding proposal in June to use the prope...

Mask Up – Again

By: Alan Pollock

COVID Case Surge Breaks Records Meeting in emergency session last Thursday, the Chatham Board of Health ordered the mandatory use of masks in businesses, clubs and other places of assembly, including stores, restaurants, bars, churches, libraries and municipal buildings. The mask mandate replaces a previous recommendation that face coverings be worn in indoor public places. In its own emergenc...

CHATHAM – Since June, the cemetery department has been without an administrator. The department's day -to-day tasks have been left to Dan Tobin to handle in addition to his regular duties as director of the parks and recreation department. Tobin, however, is retiring at the end of the month, and members of the cemetery commission worry that without a dedicated administrator, there will be no one to meet with g...

Future Phase Would Connect To West Chatham CHATHAM — The bikeways committee is peddling a plan to improve safety by separating vehicles from bike trail users along George Ryder Road. The committee endorsed a plan to build a separate path alongside the road to carry pedestrians and cyclists through the Old Colony Rail Trail without requiring them to mix with vehicle traffic. Currently, the bike path follows ...

CHATHAM – Years ago, when folks wanted to move a building, the most efficient way was to take it apart piece by piece – a process known as flaking – and reassemble it at another location. Because it is so labor intensive, that's not done often these days, when it's easier to use modern machinery to simply pick up and move a building in one piece. However, the historic barn at 68 Shell Dr. is too fragile to mov...

CHATHAM – After months of displaying the incorrect time, the town clock in the steeple of the First United Methodist Church isn't telling the time at all right now. As part of a restoration and repair project, the hands and numbers on the clock were removed several weeks ago and are being worked on by an Orleans contractor. The $18,000 project is being funded through the Community Preservation Act. Voters a...

Should The Town Buy The Monomoy Theatre?

By: Tim Wood

Petition Article Asks Voters To Decide CHATHAM – Voters at the annual town meeting will decide if the town should purchase the former Monomoy Theatre property. A petition article filed with the town clerk's office Monday would, if approved, authorize the select board to acquire by purchase, gift or eminent domain the land at 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd. Town Clerk Julie Smith said she certified that the pe...

CHATHAM — In a move designed to support the select board’s priorities of human services and community sustainability, Town Manager Jill Goldsmith wants to reorganize certain departments and create an assistant town manager position. In a presentation to the select board Tuesday, Goldsmith showed a new organizational chart that features the position of assistant town manager – community services/development dep...

CHATHAM — Known for his quick wit, easy charm and willingness to go the extra mile for kids in need, Otis Russell died Friday at the age of 73 after a brief bout with cancer. Mr. Russell is remembered by many as the longtime night manager of the Chatham Squire and as half of the duo that hosted the annual Art of Charity art auction for more than a decade, raising more than a quarter million dollars for local...

Use Of Undersized Lots For Affordable Units Also Suggested CHATHAM – Keeping the focus on the critical need for affordable housing, town officials are continuing to pursue a number of strategies initiated last year as well as adopting several new approaches. The town's affordable housing trust committee has agreed to tap funds to analyze options for affordable housing at 127 Old Harbor Rd. The committee als...

CHATHAM – A conflict is brewing over the future use of town-owned property off Middle Road pitting the critical need for affordable housing against retaining limited open space and forest land. In June, town meeting voters declined to declare 19 acres on Middle Road surplus so that it a portion of it could be used for affordable or attainable housing. The select board had included the land in a multi-pronged s...

CHATHAM – After last October's nor'easter, resident Elaine Gibbs requested that the town keep the community center open overnight for residents who lost power, some for as long as four days. However, the building could only stay open until 9:30 p.m., when the last staff shift ended. Officials should make plans to keep the community center – which is fully accessible and has an emergency generator – open overni...