Meetings are held remotely. Go to provincetown-ma.gov and click on the meeting you want to watch.
Thursday, Aug. 20
- Public Pier Corp., 1 p.m.
- Water & Sewer Board, 2 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 21
- Select Board, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 24
- Finance Committee, 7 p.m.
- Select Board, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 27
- Planning Board, 6 p.m.
As of Aug. 17, there were zero active cases of Covid-19, 31 cases considered recovered, and one death.
Napi’s to Join the Sewer
Napi’s Restaurant and a building next door with several apartments, both owned by heirs of the late Anton “Napi” Van Dereck Haunstrup, must tie into the town’s public sewer system after a problem was discovered in the restaurant’s private septic system, said Morgan Clark, the town’s health director.
Meanwhile, the sewer system is near capacity and needs to be expanded, and the restaurant and apartment building will take up all the available “gallons” in the sewer system’s public health category.
While there is still room for hookups related to septic failure emergencies, other business owners seeking to expand will not be able to tie into the sewer for another year, Clark said. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, business growth has not been robust anyway, but over the long term, “We do need more gallons,” said Clark.
The town has embarked on a plan to renovate and increase sewer capacity, but the project is only half funded with a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, said Assistant Town Manager David Gardner. While awaiting a $3 million loan, work to enlarge the tank at the processing plant can go forward beginning in the fall. But the work to extend the pipes and complete hookups must await further financing. The sewer system is paid for by fees charged to the businesses and residents based on water usage.
In total, expansion of the entire system will increase capacity by 15 percent. —K.C. Myers