Fourth of July Parade: It seems like weeks ago, but thanks to everyone who helped out with the Village Parade. And thanks to those who participated and watched. We were lucky to get our parade in between the rain. And Thanks to Kate Armstrong for this photo.
Office Hours: I am restarting office hours at Sturgis Library, the first Wednesday of the month, 3:00–5:00. Come by with you questions and comments on any ideas or thoughts you have.
Town Council Meeting: Thursday the 20th the Town Council meeting lasted from 6:00 to 11:20. The room was packed as there was a policy change proposed that would have changed the level of vote needed to approve zoning changes for housing in a Regulatory Agreement area. The effort was to bring the town’s voting into alignment with the State Housing Choice policy. Instead of a 2/3 vote to approve a regulatory agreement, it would have been lowered to a majority vote. Many residents came to show their dislike of the change. In the end, the Council voted to withdraw the item. This change was not mandated by the State and I did not see any reason to change our level of voting. If a project cannot convince 2/3 of the Council, then maybe it needs to be be redesigned. As in a similar case in Falmouth, the developer may come back with a 40B proposal, which is a State program where a developerecan include 25% affordable housing and bypass most town review and zoning regulations. Stay tuned. The next Town Council Meeting is August 17th.
Surveying: You may have also noticed two survey crews working on 6A west of the Village. They are doing preliminary work for design of new sidewalks. The hope is to keep DOT moving forward and to survey, design and permit this section of State road so it is shovel-ready for construction when funds are available. Having had conversations with the workers, they have to mark every tree and obstacle 25′ from the center line and they still have a lot of work to do. They have also assured me that the pink spray paint they are using is not permanent.
Sewer work: The work by Robt. B. Our continues on the pump station at the Old Barnstable House. There have been a few work delays waiting for parts to be delivered, but work is now proceeding. The Freezer Road Pump station at the harbor is also beginning a complete overhaul due to age. The first step is to dig a hole in the parking lot to install bypass pumps. This is necessary so the station building can be shut down as there is a lot of electrical work that has to be done inside the building. The timing is not great, but contractor schedules are not always flexible.
Harris Meadows Pedestrian Crossing: Last newsletter, the curbs were rebuilt and the road was wired for new signs. The flashing beacons are on order, but they are at least a month out.
Wilkens Lane Housing: The Fire Department has been doing inspections and walk-throughs during construction and the water has been turned on in building #1. As for other buildings on adjacent land, there have been no official filings or inquiries that I am aware of.
BARNSTABLE FIRE DISTRICT
1841 Phinney’s Lane
P.O. Box 546
Barnstable, Massachusetts 02630
The Barnstable Fire District Water Department is planning to replace
a Fire Hydrant near 3667 Main Street. To safely perform this work,
we need to shut off the water main from Commerce Road to Mary
Dunn Way. This will affect residents off Main Street including
County Farm Road, Captain Murphy’s Way, and Adrian Way. This
work is scheduled for August 2 nd or 3 rd . The District is calling all the
residents that will be affected by this shut down. The shutdown
should last 6–8 hours from 9 am to 5 pm. Please call the Water
Department if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you.
This is a new Bridge on the Trayser Trail, behind the Coast Guard Museum and the Blacksmith Shop. This bridge spans a sensitive wetland area and it has been a long-time dream for Doug Payson. With the help of many people and groups including, the New England Mountain Biking Association, the town’s Land Acquisition and Preservation Committee and the Town of Barnstable. Thanks to all.