Chatham News

CHATHAM — Eversource Energy has asked permission to remove 60 trees from a stretch of Middle Road to make way for new utility poles that will service a new privately-owned solar farm. The select board is worried about the impact on neighbors and on nearby town-owned property, and is asking for more information about the plan. The 2.5-megawatt solar farm at the former Dubis sand pit is nearing completion and wi...

Bridge St. To Close For Water Main Work

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

CHATHAM – Significant work will be done on Bridge Street in the coming weeks necessitating detours and closure of the road. Water lines along the entire road from Stage Harbor Road on the west to Main Street on the east will be replaced, and new sewer mains will be installed through the middle of December. Bridge Street will be closed to through traffic during most of that time. Residents will continue to h...

'Bomb Cyclone' Knocks Out Power For Days

By: Staff Reports

A nor'easter that the National Weather Service dubbed a “bomb cyclone” slammed into the region late last Tuesday and into Wednesday, downing dozens of trees and knocking out power to some residents for as long as four days. More than 1,600 line and tree crews from as far away as Michigan and Canada worked throughout the week to restore power. During the height of the outage, 91 percent of Orleans was without e...

CHATHAM – The planning board last week approved plans for two key properties in the downtown area. A preliminary site plan was approved for a 100-seat restaurant and apartment at the former Cumberland Farms building at 859 Main St., and the board gave final approval to a five-lot subdivision of the former Monomoy Theatre property. More than a dozen conditions were attached to the Monomoy Theatre approval, a...

CHATHAM – Meals tax receipts from the first quarter of this year outpaced the same period last year by $85,000, just one indication that the restaurant business is recovering from the hit it took from the pandemic. Another sign was the near-impossibility of getting a reservation over the summer. There are numerous reasons for that, including more people willing to dine indoors, slower service and restaurants choo...

Select Board Opposes Taking On Airport Commission Role

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A proposal to have the select board take over as airport commissioners won’t fly, board members said Tuesday. Airport critic David Bixby advocates having the select board take on the authority of the airport commission, which he said would allow it to assert more control over the management and long-term planning at the airport. Bixby and the West Chatham Association brought the proposal to the cha...

CHATHAM — Mandi Speakman’s usually tidy office at the senior center is now cluttered with boxes. It’s a bittersweet time, she says; after nine-and-a-half years as the town’s council on aging director, Speakman is stepping down next week to take a position with Barnstable County. Her last day in Chatham will be Friday, Nov. 12. On Monday, she starts work as the new deputy director of the Barnstable County Dep...

CHATHAM – Officials say the town is in good enough financial condition heading into the fiscal 2023 budget process that it can pivot away from a COVID-centric financial plan for a “resilient and sustainable future.” In fact, the town is sitting on a huge pot of money. Because revenue estimates were low-balled during the pandemic but ended up strong, as well as higher-than-anticipated turn-backs from town depar...

CHATHAM – Should the select board also serve as the airport commission? That's a question that the charter review committee is asking as it works its way through a series of suggestions for amendments to the town's home-rule document. Oversight of the airport is a subject that has come up recently before the select board. In an opinion issued in September, Town Counsel Patrick Costello said that according t...

CHATHAM – Fishermen are being given a reprieve on removal of gear from a storage area on the grounds of Chatham Airport, and town officials are examining an alternative location where fishing equipment could be stored. The airport commission was amenable to a delay in the Nov. 19 deadline for removal of items from the area, where just under a dozen fishermen store gear. The exact duration of the delay will be ...

CHATHAM – Joseph Auciello, one of the town's representatives on the Monomoy Regional School Committee, resigned earlier this month in protest over how the committee handled the transition to a new chairperson. On Sept. 23, Chair Nancy Scott, also a Chatham representative, announced that due to an increase in her workload, she would no longer be able to serve as chairperson. At the next meeting, she said, vice ...

CHATHAM – It took just 19 minutes for voters to approve $5.9 million in water system improvements at Sunday's special town meeting. The upgrades will complete construction of two new wells and begin the process of treating two other wells recently shut down due to PFAS contamination. Officials say the expenditures are necessary to ensure that the system can meet peak water demand. The measures passed unanim...