Chatham Voters Approve Sewer Funding In Town Election

By: Tim Wood

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CHATHAM – Voters in the annual election Thursday approved borrowing $7.1 million for the next phase in the town's wastewater management project.
Incumbent Selectmen Peter Cocolis and Jeffrey Dykens ran unopposed and will serve three more years on the board. Incumbent School Committee member Joseph Auciello and housing authority member Alan Mowry also ran unopposed.
Cocolis received the most votes at 334, with Dykens earning 317. There were 118 blanks and 29 write-ins. Auciello received 335 votes and Mowry 335.
A total of 399 voters went to the polls Thursday, 7 percent of the 5,636 registered, according to repliminary results from the town clerk.
Town meeting voters rejected $6.6 million for a new senior center, and a debt exclusion ballot question seeking to exempt that funding from Proposition 2½ was also defeated, 188-158. A third debt exclusion ballot question related to funding for landscaping and other enhancements to the West Chatham Roadway Project was approved 250-158, but the town meeting article related to the measure was not moved, making the ballot question moot.
The sewer project, phase 1E in the town's comprehensive wastewater management plan, involves work in three areas: George Ryder Road and several adjacent roads; a section of Stony Hill Road; and the lower section of Stage Harbor Road and Bridge Street west of the Mitchell River Bridge. The project is expected to go out to bid in the summer or fall with construction following.