Topics: Board of Selectmen News

Effort To Revive Eldredge Garage Purchase

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The Eldredge Garage property on Main Street may be the last, best hope to get additional public parking in downtown Chatham. “This is it,” said business owner Sandy Wycoff, referring to the land at 365 Main St. Earlier this summer, selectmen decided to pass after holding preliminary talks with the Eldredge family on possible town purchase of the property. Wycoff is rallying merchants and residents...

Muddy Creek has a new bridge, better water quality, and a new group of devotees who are visiting by canoe and kayak. Chatham resident George Olmsted thinks it's time for the waterway to get a new name, as well. Olmsted says he'd someday like to drive across that bridge and see a little “Monomoy River” sign where the Muddy Creek sign used to be. “Muddy Creek is not an attractive name. And furthermore, at thi...

Community Center Committee Approves New Room Rental Fees

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The cost for using rooms at the community center may be going up an average of 15.3 percent based on a vote of the community center facilities committee. This is the first fee increase since 2011 and will require approval from selectmen. While the room use fees have remained unchanged since 2011, the cost of operating the building continues to rise, members of the committee emphasized in a public hea...

Merchants Make Strides On Downtown Parking

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — If you're finding it easier than usual to score a choice parking space on Main Street this summer, thank a downtown merchant. A working group assembled to find ways to increase the number of available downtown parking spaces reports that it is making real progress. The group's leader, Becky Voelkel of the Chatham Merchants' Association, said downtown business owners have largely agreed to discourage ...

CHATHAM — In the wake of the “surprise” demolition of the historic Reuben C. Smith house at 1610 Main St. last month, town staff members are drafting a new policy to ensure closer cooperation with the Historic Business District Commission. Selectmen reviewed the case at the request of resident Norm Pacun, who said the law that enables the HBDC gives it clear authority to review pending demolitions of historic ...

ORLEANS — Harwich Selectman Jannell Brown has accepted nine months' pretrial probation in an assault case, admitting no wrongdoing and avoiding a trial by jury. Last November, Brown pleaded not guilty to an assault charge stemming from a domestic dispute with a man who is the father of one of her children. Under the agreement, Brown is ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim other than to arrange ch...

ORLEANS — Harwich Selectman Jannell Brown has accepted nine months' pretrial probation in an assault case, admitting no wrongdoing and avoiding a trial by jury. Last November, Brown pleaded not guilty to an assault charge stemming from a domestic dispute with a man who is the father of one of her children. Under the agreement, Brown is ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim other than to arrange ch...

Selectmen Give Nod To Saquatucket Landside Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Saquatucket Harbor landside development concept plan received unanimous support from selectmen Monday night. The plan seeks to improve pedestrian access, improve efficiency of harbor operations and enhance the character and beauty of the harbor for boaters and non-boaters alike. The development concept plan has been in the works for more than a year, with the Saquatucket Harbor development commit...

Little Consensus Among Selectmen On Middle School Use

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — After more than an hour of discussion on interim and future uses of the Harwich Middle School Monday night, it is clear there is no consensus among the board of selectmen on how to move forward with a long-term plan for the facility. The board did, however, vote to ask Town Administrator Christopher Clark to put together a two-year interim use plan for the structure. The non-binding ballot question s...

At least on a trial basis, you're now able to use your computer or smartphone to let town officials know about potholes, clogged storm drains, balky streetlights and other such annoyances. The board of selectmen has authorized a one-year trial of a system called “See Click Fix,” and is waiting to see if the public uses the new technology, or possibly over-uses it. Town Information Technology Director Craig Row...

Harwich Examines New Community Development Direction

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There could be changes coming to the planning department as town officials examine a move toward officially establishing the position of community development director and having the assistant town administrator serve in that capacity. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said the concept is part of due diligence deliberations given that eight-year veteran Town Planner David Spitz is retiring on July...

CHATHAM - Town officials traveled to the state house Monday to meet with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito in hopes of gaining support from the Baker administration for efforts to scale back the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's claims of jurisdiction over the waters west of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Officials said Polito understood their concerns and would convey the town's position to Gov. Charlie Baker....

MacAskill And Kavanagh Winners In Harwich Election

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Voters returned incumbent Selectman Michael D. MacAskill to a three-year term on the board and elected a new member, Julie E. Kavanagh, to a three-year term in Tuesday's annual election, which saw an extremely thin turnout with only 1,566 voters going to the polls. MacAskill was the big winner with 997 votes. Kavanagh received 789 votes, just 100 more than incumbent Linda Cebula. This will be MacAski...