Chatham News

CHATHAM — The town is formulating an increase in the water rates, the first since 2005, as a means of paying for some long-awaited improvements to the water system. But the way the increase is structured has a second goal: to encourage better water conservation among the town’s biggest users. On Monday, selectmen heard a report from Doug Gardner of Pioneer Consulting Group, who presented a new rate structure...

Fish Pier Deck Upgrade Gets Final Approval

By: Tim Wood

$1.6 Million Project To Be Completed By Summer CHATHAM – Town officials were scheduled to meet earlier this week with engineers and the contractor hired to build a new observation deck at the fish pier, following final approval of the project by the zoning board of appeals last week. The board unanimously approved the $1.6 million project, which will result in a more larger, more stable deck that meets acce...

CHATHAM — It might be the end of the trail for the Chatham-Nauset Lions, but they’ve got plenty of reason for pride. Now facing dwindling membership, the chapter will hold its final meeting in June, almost 50 years after it was created. But during that time, Lower Cape Lions raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships and service projects, touching hundreds of local families. “We have been...

Accessory Dwelling Unit Bylaw To Get Hearing

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Depending on one’s perspective, accessory dwelling units – or ADUs – are either a good first step toward addressing the housing shortage or a radical zoning change that won’t achieve the desired results. Either way, the draft bylaw amendment is now on its way to the planning board for a public hearing. An outgrowth of a 2015 survey showing that local seniors are worried about housing options to all...

Styrofoam, Plastic Bottle Bans Proposed

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – When a ban on single-service styrofoam packaging enacted by New York City Jan. 1 came up during a discussion with a group of friends, William Bystrom decided to research the issue. He ended up coming up with a petition to put a similar ban before voters at the May 13 annual town meeting. “We're dealing basically with food service articles,” such as take-out containers, cups and bowls as well as packi...

Minister’s Point resident Gerald Milden has filed suit in Barnstable Superior Court against the town of Chatham and its conservation commission, claiming it wrongly permitted a potential future dredging project near the North Inlet, where it had issued an emergency permit last year. The suit comes despite the fact that the project was never carried out, and town officials have not yet decided whether to dredge...

Local fire and rescue departments saw an escalation in calls last year, ranging from 13 percent in Chatham to 15 percent in Orleans and nearly 20 percent in Harwich. Most of the increases were in the number of emergency medical calls fielded by the departments. A major factor, officials say, is the area's aging population; last year's winter storms also contributed to the increase. “The storms certainly did...

CHATHAM –On Friday the Chatham Board of Selectmen put the "good offices" of the town squarely behind the effort to save the Monomoy Theatre The board met in executive session to discuss the possibility of the town purchasing the property at 776 Main St. and 70 Depot Rd., which went on the market a week ago for $3.95 million. In a statement issued Friday, the board said it values the tradition of the theater...

As Shutdown Deepens, Support Grows For Federal Workers

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Now entering its second month, the partial government shutdown has left many federal workers scrambling to meet household expenses. A variety of resources have been made available to help. The town of Chatham has published a list of community resources , with contact information for agencies that can help with food, housing, child care and other expenses.  The volunteers who maintain and operate the hist...

Town May Charge Merchants For One-day Alcohol Permits

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In the summertime, restaurants and bars aren’t the only place in downtown Chatham where you can enjoy a little wine. Increasingly, you can stop for a libation at an art gallery or a clothing store. Having seen a big jump in the requests for special one-day alcoholic beverage permits issued to retailers and other non-foodservice businesses, selectmen are considering imposing a fee for that privil...

Storm Brings Rain, Minor Coastal Flooding

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM -- The first major winter storm of the season brought minor coastal flooding and a lot rain to the region. The usual hotspots -- Ryder's Cove, Little Beach -- experienced flooding at high tide late Sunday morning, but there appeared to be no major damage or erosion. More than 1.5 inches of rain fell in the area, leading to widespread flooding in roadways. There appeared to be washovers on North Beac...

Chatham Police Chief To Step Down In 2021

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – In May 2012, Mark Pawlina will have been a police officer for 37 and a half years. That, to him, seemed like a good time to try something different. Earlier this month, Town Manager Jill Goldsmith extended Pawlina's contract as the town's chief of police through May 31, 2021, a six-month extension of his current agreement. Pawlina agreed that will be his final contract extension and he will step down...