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Budget Season Picks Up With News Of Tax Rate Cut

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The town’s projected budget for fiscal year 2021, which begins July 1, includes a 2.9 percent decrease in the tax rate and no property tax increase. On the other hand, the first look at operating expenses for the non-school budget shows a 4.7 increase, a bit over the board of selectmen’s 4 percent cap. But there could be good news there, too, if the Cape Cod Municipal Health Group sets coverage rates lo...

ORLEANS – That the problem of mass incarceration is alarming is seen not only in the statistics but in the strong and passionate commitments of those aware of and concerned about over-incarceration in America today. Many know there is a problem, but how it came to exist and how to address it are often less clear. The Honorable Donald L. Cabell, the guest speaker at this year’s Martin Luther King Day Breakfast at ...

ORLEANS — “New occasions teach new duties,” James Russell Lowell wrote. That thought may be helpful as Nauset Regional School District taxpayers weigh a high school reconstruction project that will benefit not only the district’s children but also some from other Cape towns as well as adult learners from the system’s four communities. The Eastham high school’s student body is a mix of pupils from Brewster, Eas...

CHATHAM – Building activity in town slowed somewhat in 2019, with fewer permits issued for additions and new homes. The total estimated value of construction, however, rose slightly higher than in 2018. The number of permits for new houses dropped by 26 percent, from 42 in 2018 to 31 last year. But the average construction value of new dwellings reported on building permits rose nearly 8 percent, from $779,825...

CHATHAM — Acknowledging that road construction along Route 28 is likely to keep some people from visiting local stores and restaurants, selectmen are looking for ways to send the message that West Chatham is open for business during the upcoming roadway project. The board took action to make it easier for area businesses to obtain temporary signs and is encouraging the business community to come together to ...

CHATHAM – For the 680 voters who attended the Jan. 4 special town meeting, the process of checking in was just a little bit different. For one thing, rather than lining up alphabetically by last name, voters could check in at any of six stations, which greatly expedited the process. And at each of those stations, for the first time, iPads were used to check everyone in. It was the first time the Poll Pad sy...

Town Clock In Need Of Facelift

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The town clock is in need of an overhaul. Located in the tower of the First United Methodist Church, the clock's four faces can be seen throughout much of the downtown area. That's both a benefit and a detriment. At its height, it gets the brunt of everything that nature throws at the town. “It's clearly above the tree line, so definitely is exposed to all of our conditions,” said Principal Projec...

Goldsmith Proposes $32.7M Operating Budget

By: Alan Pollock

Selectmen: Focus More On Project Management CHATHAM — Town Manager Jill Goldsmith has proposed a $32,733,626 operating budget for fiscal 2021. Designed to keep the current level of services, the budget is up nearly 6 percent over the current year’s spending plan and includes the equivalent of five new full-time employees. Selectmen praised Goldsmith and Finance Director Alix Heilala for the budget, and se...

Administrator Search Companies Make Their Pitch

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen will soon be putting together a request for proposal for town administrator search companies to assist the committee they have put together to screen candidates to fill the town's chief executive position. On Monday night the board heard presentations from Groux-White Consulting, LLC and Community Paradigm Associates. The board was looking for some foresight into the services companies prov...

Recreation Proposals Get Floodplain Approvals

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The conservation commission approved two requests for determination of applicability relating to floodplain issues for two recreational projects along Route 28 last week. The projects include a 36-hole mini-golf course adjacent to Bud’s Go Karts and expansion and a snack shack for The Trampoline Center across from the A&W Root Beer restaurant. There will be additional site plan review permitting ...

Conservation Commission Examining Bylaw Changes

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The conservation commission will hold a public hearing tomorrow morning (Friday, Jan. 16) on proposed changes to the town’s wetland protection and water-dependent structures bylaws as it works on preparing articles for the annual town meeting. “The goal is to be able to allow the commission to more consistently apply the bylaws,” Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski said this week. The focus is ...

Harwich To Move Ahead With Complete Streets Program

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The term “Complete Streets” brings up some uncomfortable memories for town officials who were involved in the planning process to improve road conditions along a section of Route 124 several years ago. The project had been approved for construction under the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the funding would have been provided by state and federal agencies. But one of the conditions, comp...

HARWICH – Countdowns typically happen at the end of a game, but in Skyeler Sandison's case the countdown began as soon as the stellar senior stepped onto the court at the start of game play against D-Y on Jan. 10. Mere minutes later, with the sinking of a layup, Sandison scored her 1,000 th career point, a milestone moment worthy of celebration. All eyes were on Sandison's shot and as soon as the ball fell cl...

HARWICH – The Monomoy girls varsity basketball team might not have any seniors on its roster, but that didn't prevent them from holding their own against a senior-heavy Martha's Vineyard team on Jan. 9. Unfortunately, a pair of late free throws made the difference, lifting the Vineyarders to a 35-33 win. Melissa Velasquez scored an impressive 12 points for the Sharks and proved instrumental in keeping Monomoy ...

Nauset Wrestling Can't Quite Pin Down Barnstable

By: Kat Szmit

NORTH EASTHAM – Four Nauset wrestlers won by pin in one of the Warriors only home meets of the 2019-2020 season on Jan. 8, but it wasn't enough to overtake the Barnstable Red Raiders, who went on to win 51-28 in a Cape and Islands League meet. Henry Rank was the first to win by pin for the home team Warriors, defeating Barnstable opponent Jacob Coyne during regulation wrestling in the 126 class. Coyne offered ...