Chatham News

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...

CHATHAM – Dozens of trees were “stump cut” at the top of the coastal bank at the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge's Morris Island headquarters last week in a move to slow ongoing erosion. The clearing created an amazing view of the ocean and Monomoy Island, and refuge officials hope it will buy time to develop a plan to address the erosion that has reduced the property by a half acre since 2017. From five t...

'Giant' Sculptures Coming To Chatham

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Giants are coming to town. Three giant whale sculptures, to be precise. In 1998, Sandwich glass artist Michael Magyar created his first “giant” illuminated steel structure. Since then he's created some 60 of the whimsical structures in many shapes and sizes, spread among many Cape towns, the nearest being Orleans. Chatham is about to join the list; local residents Mary Bath and Stephen Daniel are ...

CHATHAM -- In a 19-minute special town meeting Sunday afternoon, voters approved $5.9 million in improvements to the town's water system aimed at treating PFAS contamination and increasing capacity. The two articles approved unanimously will complete construction of two wells off Mill Hill Road and begin the process of treated PFAS in two wells off Training Field Road which were shut down earlier this year bec...

Through New Community Voice Portal CHATHAM – Got an opinion on how the town should deal with food trucks? As part of upgrades to the town website, a new module called Community Voice serves as an online forum for the public to comment on specific town projects. The first topic: food truck regulations. The portal is now open and accepting comments on “mobile food vendors,” a subject that caused some contr...

Coyote Bites Teen At Harding's Beach

By: Tim Wood

Officials Warn Public Not To Feed Wild Animals CHATHAM – Officials are warning people not to feed coyotes and other wild animals after a teenager was bitten at Harding's Beach on Oct. 11. It wasn't the first report of a coyote bite at Harding's Beach, and officials are investigating several reports of a person who has been feeding coyotes at the beach. Sixteen-year-old Jacob Packard and a friend were eat...