Chatham News

CHATHAM – The sale of single-family homes in town increased by more than 50 percent during 2020, reflecting an unprecedented year in real state sales Cape wide. COVID-19 was a major factor driving the super-charged market, with buyers seeking second homes away from populated areas. People nearing retirement age moving up plans to buy on the Cape also contributed to the increase in sales, said Ryan Castle, CEO ...

CHATHAM — Though it’s not moving ahead as a top priority just yet, plans are coming together for the potential renovation of the historic filling station at the former Eldredge Garage property. Last week, an architect presented two plans: one that keeps the same building footprint, and another for replacing it with a slightly larger building. Kurt Raber of Catalyst Architecture said his team thoroughly surve...

Survey: Fishing Industry Suffering Under Pandemic

By: Alan Pollock

In news that comes as no surprise, a survey conducted by federal fishing regulators and the University of Florida has found that COVID-19 has taken a toll on the commercial fishing industry, from fishermen and charter boat operators to seafood processors and dealers. The first round of the phone survey was conducted in July and August, and the second round is underway now. Chosen at random, people in the fishi...

Special town meetings will likely be held in Chatham and Harwich in the fall to consider changing the way school costs are apportioned to each community in the Monomoy Regional School District agreement. The change would address the financial disparity in elementary school costs that has developed due to declining enrollment in Chatham, and would essentially call for each town to pay for its own elementary sch...

Voters To Finally Act On New Senior Center

By: Alan Pollock

Extra Elementary School Funding, Land Purchase On Tap For May Meeting CHATHAM — While the select board praised the town manager for presenting a slimmed-down FY22 operating budget to help the town weather the remainder of the pandemic, they vowed to move ahead on big-ticket town meeting articles for a new senior center and affordable housing, saying those needs can’t be ignored. The board also agreed to s...

CHATHAM – There's no question that the house at 351 Barn Hill Rd. has been renovated and added on to over the years. But at the core is a building that dates from before 1923, perhaps as early as 1740, and historical commission members hope they can find a way to save it. Last week the commission placed a one-year demolition delay on the structure, asking the owner to reconsider plans to completely tear down t...

COVID-19 Toll Climbs; County Boosts Pandemic Resources

By: Alan Pollock

  While the upward climb of COVID-19 cases continues unabated, Barnstable County officials are bringing more resources to bear on the pandemic, thanks to a boost from lawmakers. Your Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccine, Answered Under legislation filed by State Rep. Sarah Peake, D–Provincetown, and State Senator Julian Cyr, D–Truro, the state has absorbed the annual pension liability for retired...

Group Pushes To 'Save Chatham Elementary'

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – For some, the prospect of closing Chatham Elementary School is giving up on the town as a vibrant, diverse, year-round community. “If we lose our elementary school, the opportunity for a future where we can attract families and gain ground on making Chatham an affordable place to live that's diverse loses ground,” said Brett Tolley. Tolley served on the now-disbanded Chatham 365 Task Force, which ...

Officials Quizzed About West Chatham Roadway Project

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A panel of engineers and project leaders working on the West Chatham Route 28 roadway redesign project took questions from the select board and the public last week. While the project is not yet complete, it is likely too late for any significant design changes, they said. A number of people spoke at last week’s meeting to express support for the new design, which slows traffic using roundabouts at...

CHATHAM — In a sometimes-testy three-hour meeting last week, the airport commission overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to create a citizens’ advisory committee to help guide the airport master plan update, vowing to continue to move ahead with the planning process. In a prepared opening statement, commission Chairman Huntley Harrison pointed out that the update of the plan has been a daunting task, but that ...

CHATHAM – The conservation is considering hiring an outside consultant to provide advice on a proposal to redevelop land along Pleasant Bay that lies completely within the flood zone. The property also happens to be the location of what many consider the oldest house in town. The proposal would alter the land by bringing in more than 6,000 yards of fill to raise the elevation from seven to 12 feet, which would...

CHATHAM – Traditions die hard here, but after more than 300 years, the town's chief policy making body will no longer be known as the board of selectmen. Last Wednesday, special legislation signed by Gov. Charlie Baker officially changed the group's name to the Chatham Select Board. Town meeting passed a resolution to change the title in May 2019. The citizen's petition that brought abut the change was file...