Meetings are held remotely. Go to eastham-ma.gov/calendar-by-event-type/16 and click on a particular meeting to read its agenda. That document will provide information about how to view and take part remotely.
Wednesday, July 8
- Finance Committee, 5 p.m.
Thursday, July 9
- Zoning Board of Appeals, 4 p.m.
- Tee-Time Development Committee Community Development Workgroup, 5 p.m.
- Nauset Regional School Committee, 6 p.m.
As of June 27, the number of active cases in Eastham was 10. The number of cases has remained at 10 since June 4.
Teardown Draws Seashore’s Interest
A plan to raze three residential dwellings and a garage at 885 Doane Road Rear and build one new house and an accessory guest house and garage is on hold as owners Jeffrey and Mary McAleney, town officials, and the Cape Cod National Seashore try to come to agreement on the site’s square footage and its development potential.
Last month, the planning board continued its site plan review of the project until its meeting on Aug. 19.
On May 13, Seashore Supt. Brian Carlstrom told the town of “serious concerns … due to the scale of the proposal and its noncompliance with zoning parameters for the Seashore District.” Carlstrom wrote that current square-footage numbers used in the application are not consistent with the Seashore’s 1959 information, the basis for the determination.
“We urge that the Planning Board request that the applicant downsize the project because we believe it is possible to propose a project that is more consistent with Eastham’s zoning bylaws,” Carlstrom wrote. “If this project proceeds to obtain the Board’s approval, moving forward with the project would subject the property to revocation of the Certificate of Suspension of Condemnation.”
The certificate Carlstrom referred to was created in 1961, when the U.S. secretary of the interior issued standards for approval of town zoning bylaws related to properties in the Seashore. Those bylaws, according to the Park Service, “would result in the suspension of the secretary’s authority to acquire by condemnation ‘improved’ properties located within Cape Cod National Seashore.” —Ed Maroney
Rivers Is New Chair
Jamie Rivers will now serve as the chair of the select board after the board voted to reorganize. Aimée Eckman will serve as vice chair and the board’s new member, Art Autorino, will serve as clerk.
BOH Approves Steele Rd. Septic
The board of health approved Stephen and Mimi Henning’s plan to add a sunroom to their small house on Steele Road. The Hennings first appeared before the board on May 28, when the board asked for improvements to the septic system, to protect groundwater in the area.
“Even with all the improvements in Title 5, we continue to see deterioration of our groundwater and estuaries, so we have been looking to do the best we can on these small properties,” board of health chair Joanna Buffington said at the May 28 meeting. She said the original plan looked reasonable but “there’s an opportunity to upgrade the septic system for better nitrogen control, especially with that close groundwater distance.”
Health Agent Jane Crowley said the bottom of the leach field on the plan showed 48 inches to observed groundwater.
So, the Hennings returned on June 25, represented by Jason Ellis, with an updated plan. Ellis said the redesign of the septic system will use the existing 1,000-gallon septic tank and add a new pump chamber. The leach field has been updated to maintain five-foot separation to the groundwater level in the area and the residence will also be hooking up to town water in an effort to eliminate the well system for the property.
The board agreed with the changes and voted unanimously to approve the project.
Revising the FY21 Budget
The town’s new finance director, Rich Bienvenue, gave an update on the proposed fiscal 2021 budget to the select board on June 29.
Bienvenue said the town is expecting a 10-percent decrease in state receipts and a 25-percent decrease in local receipts. That local receipt decline would amount to about $1 million.
Town Administrator Jacqui Beebe said the town will be reducing hours in certain departments as well as making a reduction in DPW contract services. The town still has about $1 million in unused cash and nearly $700,000 in its stabilization fund, Bienvenue said.
“We’re in a good position, all things considered,” he said.
Beebe said the elimination of the council on aging day program and summer recreation program have cut costs, although, she said, “Those are clearly programs we are going to want to replace.”
The finance committee will review and approve the FY21 budget before it comes back to the select board for a full review.
The board will also have to draft and approve warrant articles for fall town meeting, as well as draft and approve ballot questions for the family support package and police department radios, which are articles that require an override.
The select board voted to reappoint Tricia Ford to the cable TV licenses renewal advisory committee; Janis Nogas, William Salem, and Patricia Unish to the council on aging board of directors; Charles McVinney to the cultural council; and Ed Cassarella to the recreation commission and to the community preservation committee as the recreation commission representative.
The board also voted to accept Judith Parmelee’s resignation from the Eastham 400 Committee. —Ryan Fitzgerald