Chatham News

CHATHAM — Crews installing a new sheet pile bulkhead at the fish pier’s south jog have faced a couple of challenges, starting with defective corrugated sheets that had to be replaced. Then new sheets being driven into place hit an unknown underground obstruction that, as of early this week, had slowed progress for the project. Still, town officials are optimistic that the contractor will get the job done befor...

Marsh Offers Free Land For COA, Again

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Voters will get a second bite at the apple when it comes to considering a new home for the council on aging in West Chatham, thanks to property owner Bill Marsh. Last week, the town announced that Marsh had again offered to donate land at 1610 Main St. for a new Chatham Center for Active Living.  On Tuesday, the select board voted to accept Marsh’s gift, contingent on approval of an article at the Ma...

Who-who-who Is Moving Into Kate Gould Park?

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Why give a hoot about owls? Besides being majestic birds of prey, ranging from the beautiful snowy owl to the diminutive northern saw-whet owl, owls are raptors who are pretty good at controlling pest populations, everything from mice and rats to chipmunks and squirrels. So encouraging owls to stick around areas favored by vermin is not a bad idea. Park and recreation commissioner Kimberly Robbins...

New Finance Options For Accessory Apartments

By: Alan Pollock

Partnership Aims To Boost Housing Stock EASTHAM — Communities have come to recognize that encouraging homeowners to build accessory apartments is a key strategy for increasing the number of housing units. And while those apartments face unique permitting hurdles, the biggest roadblock is sometimes financial. By partnering with Seamen's Bank, the Lower Cape Community Development Partnership is hoping a new p...

Chatham Fund Awards $41K In Grants

By: Contributed

CHATHAM – The Chatham Fund, part of The Cape Cod Foundation, recently awarded $41,500 in grants to seven nonprofit organizations serving the community. The grants support local food pantries and food delivery programs, services for the Alzheimer’s/Dementia community, the development of two new affordable homes, and direct financial support for Chatham residents in need to cover rent, utilities, medical bills, pre...

CHATHAM — Following the recommendation of the working group it created to study the idea, the select board Tuesday lent its support to a plan to let the board of health regulate short-term rentals in town starting in the 2024 summer season. Owners would pay an annual $50 fee and fill out an application providing details of the number of approved bedrooms in a rental along with information on available p...

Rockland Trust To Close Downtown Branch

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Starting with the Chatham Trust Company, there's been a bank at the Chatham rotary continuously since 1955, but that could change when the current tenant, Rockland Trust, completes its lease in April. If no other bank takes over the space, it would be the first time in decades that Chatham has had only one full-service bank in town. Rockland Trust has petitioned the state and federal regulatory autho...

Paid, Timed Parking Gets Thumbs Down

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – If one conclusion came from last week's parking solutions forum, it was that virtually no one is in favor of paid or time-limited parking either downtown or at the fish pier. Chamber of commerce and merchants association members favored having the Cape Cod Commission study the issue this summer, as well as working with town officials to develop a way to encourage downtown employees not to park on Mai...

What Happened To Selectmen's Badges?

By: Tim Wood

“ Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!” – From “Blazing Saddles,” in homage to “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” Once upon a time, members of boards of selectmen had badges. Exactly when board members began carrying badges is lost in the mists of time. Apparently, they were used for identification when selectmen had other duties that could necessitate the production of a badge to prove that they were o...

CHATHAM — Before they can make a recommendation about parking at Cow Yard town landing, the waterways advisory committee needs a plot plan to show them exactly where it's located and how large it is. Meeting last week to start its task for reviewing parking at Cow Yard and other shoreline access points, the committee learned that some town landings likely haven't been surveyed for around 50 years. It's often n...

Goldsmith Proposes $37.8M Operating Budget

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Town Manager Jill Goldsmith presented the select board with her draft budget summary for fiscal 2024 last week, floating a $37,761,514 operating budget. The spending plan represents an increase of 7.6 percent over the current year's plan, but would be funded without the need for a tax increase. While Goldsmith had a preliminary plan that would add more than 12 new full-time employees, the most recent...

CHATHAM — The Dec. 23 and 24 coastal storm that caused unusual shoreline flooding came with plenty of warning, and residents of the Little Beach neighborhood are no strangers to flooded roads. Still, first responders had to rescue four people from the flood waters, three who were in stranded vehicles and a fourth who was wading out to assist. Town officials took a number of steps to get ready for the storm, pr...