Proposed Board of Health Policy Change to Lift the Protection of Salt Water Estuaries
UPDATE: June 25, 2019
Board of Health voted 2-1 not to rescind the Interim Regulation Policy that helps protect our estuaries! Thank you to all the citizens who have faithfully attended every meeting, written letters and spoken at public comment. Your collective efforts were instrumental in swaying the BOH’s vote!
UPDATE: June 21, 2019
Board of Health meeting Tuesday June 25, 2019, 3pm, Town Hall.
UPDATE June 21, 2019: Received from Town of Barnstable
Regarding the Ropes Beach Storm Water project, we are directing the contractor that they need to demobilize and have the site cleaned up, secured and left in an acceptable condition by June 28, 2019. It does not appear the project will be complete by this time, so it is likely that work will continue in the fall.
UPDATE June 19, 2019: Received from April Wobst, APCC
“For those down there this week you’ll have noted that there has been no active construction happening the last few days. We’ve had a slower than expected start to installation in part due to weather including the heavy rain last week and rain this week, but also as the contractor and engineer have needed to work out a revised plan for installation of the new pre-cast concrete trench pieces in tandem with replacement of the existing retaining wall that abuts the new structure. The town and APCC have been coordinating with the team on this closely. We are working to have these details sorted out quickly but the original plan for installation needed to be revised after installation of first two pieces last week. I’ll let you know when I get an update on expected date for active work to pick up again but we hope it to be in short order to keep us on track for quick completion limiting impact on parking and access during this busy time of year”
Barnstable was awarded additional funding this spring to allow for the complete construction of a gravel wetland at Ropes beach. It will run along the wall at the front of the parking. Parking spaces along the wall will be retained and just pushed back slightly to allow for the new system. The two parking spaces wrapped around the end of the monument will be removed to ensure proper width to maintain clear access into the Mosquito Yacht Club.
Once complete the system will be below ground and flush to the parking lot surface with a grate covering the plants and soil installed in the trench allowing cars to still pull up relatively close toward the wall as seen on the design plans. People will be able to walk directly on/over the system and the wall to get to the beach. The plants unlike in the example photo (below) will be recessed and below the grate as shown in the design plan. Improvements will be made to the existing dirt path using a series of shallow, long steps to access the water both for drainage and to prevent erosion/gullying. This may require some adjustment to get used to but ultimately should improve access. The proposed and approved work for a second system at the end of the wall near the large tree as you travel past the parking along Old Shore Road is not being constructed at this time.
Recognizing that work at this site at this time of year will result in some limitations on access and parking, the contractor, Sumco, will do their best to complete the work quickly to minimize these impacts. A larger area will be fenced off only for a short period during active construction. Your understanding and patience during this brief period and support for the project overall is appreciated as it will ultimately help improve the water quality in the bays removing nutrients (nitrogen) and bacteria currently washing into the bay causing beach and shellfish closures.
At present the plan is for initial site set up the week of May 13 with some materials to be delivered and set up on site. Two small holes are planned to be dug start of next week. These will be along the wall in two parking spots and will require temporarily blocking off parking for that morning/day of the work. These will be filled with gravel when complete to allow the reopening of parking access and for people to safely park on until further work gets underway. Work to install the new steps in place of the dirt path is anticipated to begin next week. It is anticipated there will be about a one week period for digging out and installing the new system along the wall. During this time a larger area between the monument and wall including that portion of parking will be fenced off both for public safety and to provide the construction crew and equipment space to work. The goal is to complete this work after Memorial Day to minimize impact of the holiday weekend but timing is not guaranteed as it will depend upon the delivery date of specialized pre-cast materials. The area for installation of this underground gravel wetland runs from the end of the wall near the Mosquito Yacht Club to the first bend in the wall, thus temporarily affecting the parking spaces in that area. The additional spots further down along the wall and road will be open to use and access to Old Shore Road and the boat launch will not be impeded. The road will remain open throughout the project. Final work, including some repaving and planting, will follow but the target finish date is mid-to late June. Actual dates and construction may vary as materials and approvals for work are pending.
If you have any questions or concerns you can contact April Wobst, project manager from Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) (508)619-3185, email@example.com or Dr. Dale Saad, (508)790-6400 Special Project Manager from Barnstable Department of Public Works.
Today, Barnstable Town Clerk, Ann Quirk conducted a mass inactivation of 7,894 voters. Each year the Municipal Census is conducted in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws in every city and town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By responding to the Census, the Town Clerk’s office is able to keep voter history and voting addresses up to date. However, voters are made “inactive” if their annual census is not received or if they have moved and have not notified the municipality. Residents of the Town of Barnstable are encouraged to take a moment to call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-862-4044 to verify their voter status.