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Thursday, May 13
- Nauset Regional School Committee, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 18
- Emergency Management Team Covid-19 community update, 12 noon
- Select Board, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 19
- Conservation Commission, 4 p.m.
Thursday, May 20
- Rights of Public Access Committee, 9 a.m.
Curb Cut Comes to Town Meeting
Richard Blakeley, whose frustration with construction on the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) led in March to charges of disturbing the peace and malicious destruction of property, is taking his case to the town meeting floor.
The select board is still drafting, editing, and compiling the warrant for this year’s town meeting, which has been delayed three weeks — to June 26 — after a storm of departures and mismanagement at town hall. But the objective of Article 40 in the board’s most recently published draft of the warrant is “to see if the Town will support Blakeley’s request to have a curb cut into the state-owned parking lot on Lecount Hollow Rd.”
Blakeley, 60, lives in his family’s house next to the CCRT parking lot off Lecount Hollow Road in South Wellfleet. Four days after workers with the state Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) began renovating the lot, Blakeley swore and threw an orange traffic cone at one of the men at the site.
He was upset because the renovation prevented him from using the parking lot to access the shed in which he stores shellfish and gear. His only other option, he said in March, would be to build a driveway through his mother’s garden and his septic system, which would threaten both.
“The Blakeleys have used the current DCR rail trail parking lot to access the backside of their property dating back to when it was still a railroad bed,” Article 40 reads. “There is no practical way to reach the HACCP [shed] with commercial trucks or trailers except through the parking lot … Restoring their access requires legislative intervention. Representative Peak and Senator Cyr’s office have said that it is far easier to make such a request if it has the clear support of the townspeople.”
A majority vote will be required to give Blakeley his way. —Josephine de La Bruyère