Letters To The Editor: Nov. 14, 2019


Committee Seeks Grant Proposals


The Chatham Community Preservation Committee is now soliciting applications for Community Preservation Act (CPA) grants for the next financial year. The committee may approve applications in four general areas: open space, historic resources, recreation land and facilities, and community/affordable housing. However applications can include, with some restrictions, a broad range of activities, including acquisition, creation, preservation, support, rehabilitation and restoration of land, buildings, facilities and artifacts. Applications should fulfill a social need, an unmet need or provide a benefit to the community or some section of the community, which is not just for private benefit.

The good news is that the state senate is a strong supporter of CPA, and has supported recent changes to provide significant additional funds to the 175 participating towns in Massachusetts.

In order to inform and encourage possible applicants, the committee is hosting a public informational meeting on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. at the community center. The committee will outline the CPA program with examples of previous grants, which have benefited the community of Chatham. The committee will also outline how to prepare applications, and encourages potential applicants to preview ideas with them. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15.

Michael Tompsett, chairman
Chatham Community Preservation Committee


Time For Selectmen To Do Their Job


The following letter was sent to the Chatham Board of Selectmen:

I am writing to express my extreme dissatisfaction with the current way projects are being handled in this town.  I would hope that you have addressed the poor performance with the town manager as well as her department heads.

How you, and town leaders, can even consider adding three more capital projects such as the trap docks, the Crowell Road intersection and the new COA construction is beyond comprehension with the current town staff. We are paying the town manager almost $200,000 and we expect someone who will oversee these projects and not abuse her power. 

We expect someone that will collaborate with and inform you, the board of selectmen, in solving any problems that arise immediately in a timely fashion instead of waiting months to expose time sensitive construction and engineering malfunctions.

Every single project failure to date can be blamed on the town manager as well as her highly paid managers that oversee these failures; however, the buck stops with her. From the West Chatham nightmare to the fish pier fiasco, as well as the unsatisfactory COA site selection process, I am absolutely disgusted that you have continually allowed her poor oversight on these projects continue to happen.  In the real world, unsatisfactory job performance is cause for termination. 

We, the taxpayers, are paying exorbitant salaries for less than satisfactory job performances by those mentioned above.  Please do the job you were elected to do and provide some feedback to the town manager on her most unsatisfactory job performance.  It is past time for action on your part. 

Judy Patterson
West Chatham


Town Decisions For Selectmen


Are the selectmen happy with the way the airport is being operated? This is a very important question, but one they are very quiet about, as Carol Gordon pointed out in the Oct. 31 edition.

Soon enough we will find out what they think. Mid next year the terms of three of the airport commissioners will end. Will the selectmen reappoint these commissioners, which means they are satisfied with how the airport is being operated? Or will they bring in fresh faces who will have a more community-wide view of their job? In 2021 two more commissioner’s terms will be up, which could mean the majority of commissioners would be new faces. What will the selectmen do?

Read Moffett

Appreciation For Airport Memorial


Our gratitude to the airport commission and the Chatham Board of Selectmen for accepting Deborah Schneider’s gift of a memorial bench in honor of Col. Hillary LeClaire, USMC. Hillary was not only a Marine pilot and commanding officer of his squadron, he had many fond memories of time spent at the airport. For a number of years we flew our family plane from there. Our family deeply appreciates this memorial to him.

Anne, Hope and Chris LeClaire
South Chatham

Don't Allow 'All-weather' Landings


I ask myself, “Would I like airplanes landing in Chatham during bad weather?” That is an easy answer for me, “No!”

One of the commissioners, who is a pilot himself, said at last month's meeting, “Chatham commonly has non-ideal weather.” I would agree with him. So, my question back to him would be, “Why allow planes to land in 'non-ideal'/bad weather?”

The commission, without the board of selectmen or the public's approval, has already submitted to the FAA that portion of the master plan which allows “all weather landings.” Is that a good idea? My response again would be, “no!” The Chatham Board of Selectmen (and woman) need to change this!

I recently retired in Chatham, after owning my home for almost 20 years. I personally do not like driving my car when there is poor visibility on the roads, or if it is raining, sleeting or snowing out, and most especially if there is a hurricane or tornado in Chatham! And I do know that I do not land my car on its “runway” (better known as my driveway) during “non-ideal weather,” and I do not believe planes should land during those conditions either!

Chatham's airport is an important part of our community. It is (and has been for the last 60-plus years) classified as a “good weather only” landing airport. Let's keep it that way!

Susan N. Wilcox
West Chatham

Editor's note: Chatham Airport has had an instrument approach in place for more than 40 years that allows pilots to land in less than ideal conditions. There is no official Federal Aviation Administration “good weather only” airport classification.


Sign Up For Team Elf


The holidays are just around the corner. It's time to put on your elf hat and lend a hand. We'd like to take this time to remind potential elves that The Chatham Children's Fund welcomes your help. Although we assist families all year long, the holiday season is our busiest time. Take this opportunity to help make Christmas brighter for more than 200 children in Chatham.

For over 30 years, many of our local organizations, churches, businesses and private citizens have assisted our endeavors to make holiday wishes come true. Perhaps you'd like to join in this year! Adopt a child or children, donate a wish list item, gift cards for teens or send a donation. We appreciate any help you can give us.

If you'd like to participate, please call Monomoy Community Services at 508-945-1501 or send an email to info@monomoy.org and we'll connect you with a need. Make your holiday happier—join our Elf Team to help Chatham's children.

Pat Vreeland, Children's Fund Coordinator
Theresa Malone, Director of Monomoy Community Services
Ginny Nickerson, Chatham Angel Fund Administrator