Pine Ridge Road Given Green Light to be Paved

At Last night’s Town Council meeting we approved Agenda item 2017-149 APPROPRIATION AND LOAN ORDER IN THE AMOUNT OF $125,500 PURSUANT TO TEMPORARY REPAIR TO PRIVATE ROADS PROGRAM  REGARDING PINE RIDGE ROAD in COTUIT

Chapter 174 of the Acts of 1994 and its subsequent amendment under Chapter 350 of the Acts of 2014 authorizes the Town to borrow and expend funds for the purpose of making repairs to private roads. Under this Program the abutters to roads being repaired can be charged betterment assessments for 100% of the actual costs of repairs which they can elect to pay in one lump sum or over a period of up to 20 years (with interest). None of these roads will be taken by the Town of Barnstable and will remain private roads. A majority of the property abutters to Pine Ridge Road in Cotuit have expressed an interest in having repairs made to their private road and 63% of the abutters have signed a Consent and Acknowledgement Agreement for Betterment Assessment. The proposed work is the removal and replacement of the existing pavement, cleaning of existing drainage, and installation of additional drainage structures.

The cost of improvements: Estimated as $125,500 with a cost per 16 abutters, distributed as 16 shares, not to exceed $7,850 per abutter share.

FISCAL IMPACT: There is no cost to the Town, as all costs will be covered by betterments assessed on the abutters. The Town will issue a bond to cover the cost of the repairs and use the revenue collected from the betterment assessments to make the annual loan repayments on the bond.

If you live on a private road that is in need of drainage, repair or repaving this program provides a mechanism for you but requires 51% of the abutters to agree before 100% of the owners share in the betterment costs.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Public Input Wanted

HYANNIS –The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced a schedule of 12 public meetings in locations across the state to present and discuss the draft MassDOT Five-Year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) Update.
Public input received at the meetings from May 15-24 will be considered before the CIP is finalized. Barnstable Monday, May 15, 6 p.m., Hyannis Transportation Center
MassDOT’s strategic Capital Investment Plan uses state and federal money to fund transportation investments across Massachusetts.
These include all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail and transit projects including the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Regional Transit Authorities as well as the MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).
Updated annually, the CIP uses a combination of public and stakeholder input with both objective and comparative evaluation of projects to select programs that will be funded over the next five fiscal years.
The draft being finalized now concerns Fiscal Years 2018 through 2022.
MassDOT has already received more than 1,100 public comments through its online tool, emails and letters.
Many comments have been incorporated into the CIP draft.
The public meetings will seek to increase public input before the final CIP is presented to the MassDOT Board of Directors in June.

Project Update: Community Helps Guide Route 28, Cotuit Congestion Options

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2017-01-30-cotuit-roundabout-proposed-1024x723Route 28 in Cotuit/Santuit is a major east-west transportation corridor on Cape Cod. The section of Route 28 from Santuit-Newton Road to Route 130 was identified as a priority for investigation.

View Cape Cod Commission Update Here

A brief presentation on the project is anticipated at the Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) scheduled meeting on Monday, February 27th at the Cape Cod Commission Conference Room, 3225 Main Street, Barnstable at 1:00 p.m. The Cape Cod MPO is the regional governing body that oversees regional transportation planning and recommends the distribution of funds for major transportation projects.