Topics: Wastewater treatment

East Harwich Sewer Construction Starting On Monday

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Construction of the new sewer collection system in East Harwich is scheduled to start on Monday and will create some inconveniences for residents on roads where work will be taking place. Health Department Director Meggan Eldredge said the Robert B. Our Company, the project contractor, has indicated work will begin on Monday along the west side of Cemetery Road running from Queen Anne Road to Route 1...

East Harwich Sewer Bids Higher Than Expected

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Bids for the first of two sewer contracts for phase two of the comprehensive wastewater management plan were opened last Thursday, and while a local contractor, Robert B. Our Company, was the low bidder, the bids were higher than expected. The town received four bids, with the Our Company coming in at $11,368,663 with the next lowest bidder, RJV Construction, Inc., at $11,764,616. Town Administrator ...

CHATHAM – Voters in the annual election last Thursday approved borrowing $7.1 million for the next phase in the town's comprehensive wastewater management plan. The town is nine years into the 20-year first phase of the wastewater plan. Work previously completed or authorized, including last week’s approval, amounts to sewering about 20 to 25 percent of the town, according to Natural Resource Director Robert Dun...

ORLEANS — Selectmen Chairman Alan McClennen had a message for last week's Orleans Citizens Forum about the principal wastewater article on the May 13 annual town meeting warrant. “Being incredibly conservative,” he told about 80 listeners at the senior center April 25, “I think there's a possibility we could end up with a situation where the taxpayers don't have to pay a penny for this $47 million project.” ...

Harwich's Wastewater Treatment Costs Could Jump To $300 Million

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The latest cost estimate of the town's comprehensive wastewater management plan caught some selectmen by surprise when consultant CDM Smith provided a status report to the board earlier this month. David Young and Michael Guidice were before selectmen to update the board on the status of Cold Brook project, East Harwich sewering and the Dennis-Harwich-Yarmouth Clean Waters Community Partnership, whic...

ORLEANS — The Snow Library Board of Trustees voted 4-3 Jan. 8 to support the town locating a sewer pumping station – most of it underground – on library property abutting the village green. The decision was complicated by ongoing planning for a new or expanded library that could push the library east to accommodate more parking and full vehicle access around the building. AECOM project engineer Reggie Don...

Legislation amending the state's room occupancy tax to include short-term rentals was passed by the House and Senate Thursday. The legislation adds an additional 2.75 percent to the tax to create a fund to clean up coastal waterways. The legislation is a compromise between a conference committee agreement and amendments proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker last summer. The expanded rooms tax will automatically apply...

Harwich Gets Good News On SRF Sewer Loan Rate

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town has received notice from the state Department of Environmental Protection that it has conditional approval for zero percent interest rate financing for the East Harwich sewer construction phase of its comprehensive wastewater management plan, which could save the community more than $16 million over the 30-year payment period. “It's a significant savings,” Town Administrator Christopher Clar...

Experts Survey Muddy Creek Vegetation

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Environmental technicians found themselves up the creek last week, looking at marsh grass and other vegetation. Consultants from the Horsley Witten Group spent Thursday and Friday examining and photographing the vegetation just inside Muddy Creek as part of an effort to track changes in the waterway's flora following the installation of the Route 28 bridge two years ago. While the results from t...

DHY Gets Pitch From Tri-Town Wastewater District Operators

By: William F. Galvin

DENNIS — Representatives from Harwich, Dennis and Yarmouth negotiating the DHY Clean Water Community Partnership got some insight about the shaping and function of a similar tri-town wastewater district off Cape. Selectmen, finance committee members and members of wastewater support committees were in Dennis last Thursday night to hear from representatives of the Mansfield-Foxborough-Norton Regional Wastewater...

ORLEANS — It's not the imposing black monolith from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” but the proposed six-foot-tall enclosed sewer pump station control panel at the entrance to Snow Library's parking lot was a bit of a shock to some. “I think we're kind of gobsmacked here,” library trustees chair Mary Beth Fincke told town officials and consultants who presented the proposal to her board Oct. 9. Later, she said, “Ri...

Selectmen Approve Regional Wastewater District Legislation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of selectmen Monday night voted to approve draft special legislation allowing the establishment of a Dennis, Harwich and Yarmouth Clean Water Partnership, which could lead the three towns into an agreement to share a wastewater treatment plant located in Dennis. The special legislation seeks to lay down the groundwork for the powers, duties and liabilities of the partnership and establish t...

CLF Files Lawsuits Against Wequassett And Wychmere Resorts

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Conservation Law Foundation has filed federal lawsuits against the Wequassett Inn and Wychmere Beach Club charging the town's two largest resort complexes with illegally discharging pollutants which are impairing the health of local marine waters. “Nitrogen pollution is killing the Cape's beautiful waterways,” Christopher Kilian, vice president of strategic legislation at CLF, said in a statement...

Selectmen Seek To Hire Wastewater Coordinator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen are looking to engage the community in all the details involved in the upcoming sewer project. For more than 600 residents in East Harwich, connecting to the system is just a couple of years away. Selectman Larry Ballantine has been pushing for a wastewater communication coordinator to work with residents and answer questions, receive input and be a focal point for addressing wastewater iss...

Selectmen Delay Action On Wastewater District Legislation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town is moving closer to establishing a Clean Waters Community Partnership with the towns of Dennis and Yarmouth that would include a regional wastewater district and development of a treatment plant and multiple effluent recharge sites. Selectmen received a presentation from their wastewater consultant CDM Smith on Monday night as they begin assessing the special legislation that would allow the...

ORLEANS — Has the opportunity for a Lower Cape option for treating waste from septic systems come and gone? Not according to a 3-1 vote of the board of selectmen July 11 that reaffirmed the town's commitment to include a septage component in its planned wastewater treatment plant. Selectman Mark Mathison, who voted against the measure, said haulers have changed their business model since the Tri-Town plant i...