Harwich News

In this country we have often-strange priorities when it comes to food and feeding the hungry. In 2010, $161 billion worth of food was wasted and ended up in landfills, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This represents 30 to 40 percent of all the food produced. And in 2017, people spent over $66 billion on dieting and weight loss products. At the same time, many of us can’t conceive of what i...

EverSource Infrastructure Issues Impacting Cranberry Valley

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Without a resolution with EverSource on costs associated with providing additional electric infrastructure to Cranberry Valley Golf Course, the town may have to delay implementing plans for a solar array at the new golf cart barn and the switch from gas to electric golf carts. “Everything is dictated by EverSource,” Golf Director Roman Greer told members of the golf committee in a session two weeks a...

Harwich Designated Green Community, Gets State Grant

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town's Green Communities designation is paying off. The Baker-Polito Administration on Thursday announced that Harwich was among 30 municipalities across the state designated as Green Communities. The town received a $152,910 grant, part of $4,866,648 in grants awarded by the administration to recognized communities' commitment to reduce energy consumption and contribute to a healthier environmen...

Elementary School Seeks Major Sidewalk Improvements

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Sidewalk conditions have become a major issue here, with initiatives underway to add sidewalks and improve others in several areas in town, including in and around Harwich Center, Harwich Port to Saquatucket Harbor and along Bank Street to connect the town center with Harwich Port. Now a new initiative is underway to improve sidewalks around the elementary school. Principal Mary Oldach is seeking a S...

Wastewater Management Was A Major Focus In Harwich In 2018

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Because dollars talk, it is safe to say wastewater management expenses were the main topic bantered about in town in 2018. Voters in the annual town meeting approved $24,775,000 for the construction of sewers in East Harwich, and the town is working closely with Dennis and Yarmouth to develop a tri-town sewage treatment plant. There have been a number of battles and accomplishments in the communit...

HARWICH — The sound of music will come under scrutiny from the board of selectmen as they consider adjustments to the town's noise bylaw, including removing commercial districts, or liquor establishments, from the measure. Noise from music coming from liquor establishments in Harwich Port and filtering into residential neighborhoods has become a growing concern, especially with the increase in outdoors venues,...

Residents Push For Ramp, Shoulder Improvements On Route 6

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There was strong support for roadway improvements along Route 6 from approximately 20 people who attended a Cape Cod Commission hearing last week focusing on ramp and shoulder improvements along the state highway. The hearing sought public input on ramp and shoulder needs from the canal to the Orleans Rotary. Steven Tupper transportation program manager for the commission explained a planning study i...

Lower County Road Reconstruction Estimated At $5.6 Million

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The major capital project facing the town in the coming year is a projected $5,560,471 Lower County Road reconstruction to be funded solely by the town. The project could be eligible for the state/federal Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), to qualify the road layout would have to be widened, which officials say will compromise community character. Department of Public Works Director Lincoln...

Harwich Center Committee Sets Stakeholders Meeting

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There was consensus among the Harwich Center initiative committee last week that input is needed from stakeholders – property owners – in shaping a direction for improving the vitality of the village. Acting committee chairman Paul Doane told the committee his mother years ago offered a program, including a slide show of the village in the 1950s, '60s and '80s . At the time, he said, the center was u...

New Harwich Building Permit Fees Effective Feb. 1

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A number of building permit fees will be increased as of the beginning of February. The increased building fees had drawn a lot of debate among selectmen when they were first considered in August. Building Commissioner Raymond Chesley returned to the board last week and documented the need for a 57 percent increase. “There is a misnomer the revenue the town receives covers the cost of the building de...

FY20 Capital Plan Seeks Nearly $11 Million In Spending

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen and the finance committee have received a preview of the proposed seven-year capital plan from Town Administrator Christopher Clark with a focus on the FY 2020 spending package. The total spending Clark is recommending is $10,903,235, while the capital outlay committee's number is $10,402,915. The difference, he said, is that he incorporates items under the $50,000 threshold in his plan and...

HARWICH — The water department staff had to deal with another water main break along Route 28 last week near the intersection of Brooks Road. Water Department Superintendent Dan Pelletier said there have been four major breaks along that stretch of roadway in the past five years. Pelletier said the break that occurred after 4 p.m. last Thursday released about 150,000 gallons of water. The 10-inch pipe was inst...