Upcoming Precinct 7 & Town Council Meetings October

Town Council Asset Management Advisory Committee – Thursday October 4, 6pm, Town Hall

Town Council Meeting – Thursday October 4, 7pm, Town Hall

Cotuit Fire Commissioner’s Meeting – Tuesday October 9, 5:30pm, Freedom Hall 

Precinct 7 Monthly Open Meeting – Wednesday October 10, 3-5pm, Cotuit Library

Cotuit Fire District Policy Advisory Committee – Wednesday October 10, 5pm, Freedom Hall

Town Council Appointments Committee – Tuesday October 15, 5:30pm, Town Hall

Town Council Committee to Assess Homelessness – Tuesday October 15, 6pm, Town Hall Cancelled

Town Council Zoning & Regulation Review Committee – Thursday October 18, 6pm, Town Hall

Town Council Meeting – Thursday October 18, 7pm, Town Hall

Cotuit Prudential Committee Meeting – Monday October 22, 5pm, Freedom Hall

Cotuit Water Commissioner’s Meeting – Wednesday October 24, 5:30pm, Freedom Hall

Town Council Roads Committee  – TBD

Dead Neck/Sampson’s Island Restoration Update

Cotuit Dredge Milestones:

Update 8/25/18: The State awarded $3.6 million in grants to support ten dredging projects along the state’s coastline last week. The grants, awarded through 2018 Navigational Dredging Pilot Program, are expected to remove roughly 188,000 cubic yards of sediment from the harbors of eleven different communities.

Barnstable has been granted $1,000,000 to remove 44,000 cubic yards of sediment and coastal dune from the Cotuit Bay channel, increasing its width by 50-percent. The 2018 pilot program awards communities funding on a competitive basis, emphasizing on shovel-ready projects that already have secured permits from the local, state, and federal levels. The program also requires a 50-percent match commitment from municipalities receiving the funding.

Update: 7/26/2018

In the Matter of Three Bays Preservation, Inc. and Massachusetts Audubon Society, Docket No. 2017-020

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Presiding Officer has ruled in favor of Three Bays Preservation, Inc. in an 84-page ruling. DEP Commissioner Suuberg now has 30 days to adopt and certify this decision. Contact Barnstable Clean Water Coalition HERE to see a copy of this Recommended Final Decision. Counsel advises that once certified, phase 1 dredging could begin on October 15th as the permits allow.

Among the many benefits of this restoration project, water quality, in Cotuit Bay, is expected to improve by three to seven percent. Great for people and birds! To date this permitting process has taken over six years at a cost of over one million dollars.