Topics: Infrastructure

CHATHAM — A major stormwater replacement project is expected to cause traffic detours and delays through early summer. But when the job is done, officials say Crowell Road and Lake Street will be decidedly less lake-like after heavy rains. Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson updated the select board on the project last week. The job is being done “to address some of the flooding issues tha...

ORLEANS — An online survey that drew more than 700 responses ranked affordable housing and a community center as the top desired uses for the 5.5-acre Governor Prence Inn property between Route 6A and the Cape Cod Rail Trail. The survey was part of a feasibility study, supported by town meeting in October and the affordable housing trust, to help determine whether the town could benefit from buying the prope...

ORLEANS — Even on a cold and windy day, their warm feelings about the Main Street Reconstruction and Village Center Streetscape project came through. Planning and Community Development Director George Meservey and DPW/Natural Resources Director Tom Daley took another close-up look last week at the results of a years-long effort to reorder traffic flow and provide amenities such as seating and pocket parks on t...

ORLEANS — “Nearly every usable piece of land owned by the Town of Orleans is being used for a public purpose,” Director of Planning and Community Development George Meservey reported in a letter to Town Administrator John Kelly last month. At the select board’s Nov. 18 meeting, the planner reviewed three of those properties: the former American Legion Hall across from town hall at 139 Main St., the former highway...

Fish Pier Observation Deck Opens

By: Tim Wood

Popular Tourist Attraction Finally Completed A Year Behind Schedule CHATHAM – The newly rebuilt observation deck at the fish pier is getting rave reviews for its solid construction and spaciousness. It better be; the $1.7 million project took 18 months to build, more than a year more than originally planned. “I thought it was awesome,” said Selectman Jeffrey Dykens. “It's just too bad it took so long.” B...

CHATHAM — A new shellfish upweller building and multi-purpose waterfront facility on Bridge Street will almost certainly cost more than the town anticipated several years ago. But to get closer to knowing exactly how much more, selectmen last week voted to spend another $200,000 in engineering funds. While critics of the project say the town should be reining in spending given the pandemic, supporters say a st...

Brace Yourself: Fish Pier Deck Project Misses Deadline

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Construction of the new observation deck at the fish pier has missed its latest deadline for completion. The general contractor for the $1.6 million project, Sciaba Construction Corp., expected to have the job “substantially complete” by the end of January, Chief Financial Officer Michael Sheehan told The Chronicle last month. At their regular progress inspection Monday, railings had yet to be ins...

Report Sounds Alarm About Fire Station Conditions

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — An interim report on conditions at the fire station include plenty of reasons for alarm. Consultants have documented problems with airflow. No ventilation air is being introduced into the apparatus and rescue vehicle area, and two exhaust fans “do not appear to be functional,” MacRitchie Engineering, Inc., of Braintree, wrote. The presence of union-purchased exercise equipment in the same location “i...

Selectmen Want Movement On Bank Street Demolition

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The former fire station on Bank Street could be demolished in the near future. Selectmen last week instructed Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers to take the steps necessary to begin the process. Powers said Selectman Michael MacAskill requested moving ahead with the demolition plans and a site visit was held with Town Engineer Griffin Ryder and Harbormaster John Rendon. The building has not bee...

CHATHAM — From the trap dock reconstruction to the long-delayed fish pier observation deck, the town has a host of waterfront projects underway. And selectmen are reassuring shellfishermen that, despite delays, their request for a new upweller building is still progressing. Now located underneath the harbormaster’s office at Old Mill Boat Yard, the aging upweller is key to the town’s shellfish propagation prog...

HARWICH — Thanks to the generosity of two unrelated private donors, the town of Harwich now holds the keys for a new police motorcycle and a council on aging van. Selectmen voted last week to accept both gifts and to extend the town’s thanks. The senior center van was provided by Jay Kavanaugh of Cape Destinations. Council on Aging Director Emily Mitchell said her department leases two vans from the Cape Cod R...

New Fire Substation Taking Shape

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — Standing in sharp contrast to the aging building it will replace, the new fire substation in East Harwich is bright, spacious and modern, and it should be ready to open in time for a Nov. 30 dedication ceremony. The apparatus bay has room for two ambulances, two engines and two other vehicles. ...

Selectmen Mull Future Of Former Pet Cemetery Land

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — While it took a couple of years for town officials to bury the pet burial rounds proposal at 276 Queen Anne Rd., selectmen on Monday night began discussing what the future will bring for the 2.25-acre industrially zoned parcel where the project was proposed. The gazebo, which was purchased as a centerpiece of the pet cemetery, was relocated last week from the site to the roundabout in the new section...

ORLEANS — A new police station. A new DPW headquarters. A new tech school. And, coming down the road, a proposed rebuild of Nauset Regional High School and a library building project. You might say that some voters were edifice wrecks when they went to the polls in May and saw a $50,000 item for a “study to replace/renovate” the fire station near the bottom of the ballot. Although the study had sailed throug...

Fish Pier Deck Project Edges Ahead

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With most conflicts with commercial fishermen now resolved, the fish pier observation deck project is edging toward completion. The town is working with general contractor Sciaba Construction Corp. to finalize a change order that establishes a project completion date of Sept. 2. Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson showed selectmen photos Monday showing the progress of deck con...

Hole Under Stage Harbor Road Opens A Mystery

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If you were among the hundreds of motorists inconvenienced by the surprise closure of Stage Harbor Road early this week, try to see the bright side. Your car might’ve been swallowed by a sink hole instead. About two months ago, town officials received word of drainage problems in a small bog on the east side of Stage Harbor Road opposite Oyster Pond Beach. “The property immediately adjacent to t...