Topics: Infrastructure

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...

Three Locations Eyed In Senior Center Site Search

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — In their search for a location for a new senior center, selectmen have narrowed the list to three sites: the existing site on Stony Hill Road, the rear of the Marconi property in Chathamport, and a private parcel at 1610 Main St., West Chatham. With all board members saying they firmly support construction of a new council on aging building, selectmen are under pressure to find a location that vote...

HARWICH — The planning stage for the $600,000 Safe Routes to School sidewalk project around Harwich Elementary School is underway with an eye on providing a safe evacuation route for students and staff should an emergency occur. Selectmen on Monday night received an update on the project from Harwich Elementary School Principal Mary Oldach and Town Engineer Griffin Ryder, who met with state officials and consu...

ORLEANS – Having devoted many hours to developing and advocating changes for the downtown village center, the planning board has shifted its focus to the potential of the Route 6A corridor through town. “We want to understand what happens along Route 6A,” Director of Planning and Community Development George Meservey said at the board's June 11 meeting. “There are implications for the whole town.” To do tha...

Fish Pier Delays Vex Fishermen, Sightseers

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — With the commercial fishing and visitor seasons rapidly approaching, delays in rebuilding the fish pier observation deck are causing nerves to fray. “It’s becoming a safety issue,” commercial fisherman Doug Feeney, chairman of the town's Aunt Lydia's Cove committee, told selectmen Monday night. Commercial fishermen are unable to unload their catch in the usual way because the electric fish hoists h...

CHATHAM — Town officials have mixed news when it comes to two projects they’d hoped to have complete before the Memorial Day weekend. While the Mitchell River drawbridge repairs were completed ahead of schedule, the construction of a new observation deck at the fish pier might not be. The contractor carrying out the work at the fish pier has requested a slight extension of the deadline for building the new o...

Deck Replacement Closes Fish Pier To Public

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – Most of the municipal fish pier will be closed to the public for the next few months as construction crews replace the facility's popular observation deck. Sciaba Construction Corporation was scheduled to begin staging equipment at the pier first thing Monday, but heavy snow at the company's headquarters in Walpole delayed its arrival. The company was expected to be on scene early in the week, but ex...

Transfer Station Makeover Price Drops

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Armed with firmer design figures, detailed cost estimates and a sharp pencil, a consultant now says the renovation of the town transfer station would likely cost $4.5 million, rather than the $7.5 to $8.5 million projected last year. The goal, said Mike Richard of Weston and Sampson, is to make the facility more user-friendly and efficient, to make vehicle traffic patterns less confusing, and to re...

HARWICH — Selectmen heard this week that it would be possible, through a multi-step process, for the board to reclaim control over - or even sell - the proposed pet burial ground land on Queen Anne Road. But that can't happen without the consent of the cemetery commission, which strongly backs the proposal, commission Chairman Cynthia Eldredge said. “The cemetery commission will not ever consider this surplu...

Study Calls For $1.5 Million In Work On Brooks Academy

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Major preservation and improvement plans are being considered for historic Brooks Academy based on an exterior assessment and concept design study done for the Brooks Academy Museum Commission by the architectural firm BIA Studio. At May's annual town meeting, voters will be asked to approve an initial $130,000 from Community Preservation Act funds, and the commission is projecting approximately $500...

Park Com: Time To Revisit Municipal Swimming Pool

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Is it time, once again, to look into building a municipal swimming pool? The parks and recreation commission thinks so. The last proposal for a town swimming pool was 15 years ago, when two pools were part of the first plan to renovate the Main Street School into a community center. The plan was voted down at the 2004 annual town meeting, with opposition to the pools, especially the cost, a major fac...