By ground and by air, the bi-annual rabies vaccine drop is underway this week in Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts.
The state’s Rabies Task Force is distributing about 80,000 oral rabies vaccine baits by hand and by helicopter throughout Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, Barnstable, Plymouth, Wareham, Carver, Kingston, Middleboro, Rochester, Marion, and Lakeville.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Biologist Brian Bjorklund said that the goal for the bait release is to eradicate rabies in this area by having wildlife find and eat the vaccines.
He said the Cape had been rabies-free for over 8 years until May 2021 when a case was detected in the mid-Cape area.
“We’re pretty much back where we were prior to that one case,” Bjorklund said, adding that they believe the rabies case was from a relocated raccoon. “Both the raccoon’s DNA and the rabies virus DNA were from Plymouth County and that directly points to a re-location event.”
Homeowners who find any of the baits in their yards should remove them while wearing gloves. If a pet eats one, they are not toxic to animals, although officials say it may cause an upset stomach.
This edible bait is about the size of a matchbox. To make the bait attractive to wildlife, it’s sprinkled with a fishmeal coating.
Officials remind residents they cannot get rabies from the vaccines and that any bait they come across outside their yards should be left undisturbed if possible.
The Cotuit-Santuit Civic Association is holding its annual Spring Cleanup of Cotuit Streets on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10am to noon. Meet at Lowell Park parking lot. Anyone who would like to assist in the cleanup can sign up via email at email@example.com. Some of the areas to be addressed include Main St., Putnam Ave, Old Oyster Rd., Santuit-Newtown Rd., Old Post Rd., and Loop Beach Area. If you know of a location where cleanup would benefit the appearance of our village, please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Details of the cleanup will be emailed to all volunteers prior to Saturday, May 13. In the event of inclement weather, Saturday, May 20 will serve as the backup date and all volunteers will be notified by email.
2023-180 AUTHORIZATION TO CONVEY 8.1 +/- ACRES OF THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 140 OLD OYSTER ROAD, IN THE VILLAGE OF COTUIT, MA, TO THE COTUIT FIRE DISTRICT FOR NOMINAL CONSIDERATION OF ONE DOLLAR AND NO CENTS ($1.00) AND APPROVAL AND AUTHORIZATION OF A CONSERVATION RESTRICTION ON THE REMAINING 5.4 +/- ACRES OF SAID PROPERTY TO BE HELD BY THE COTUIT FIRE DISTRICT FOR CONSERVATION, RECREATION, AQUIFER RECHARGE AREA AND WATER PROTECTION PURPOSES
WHEREAS, the 13.5 acre parcel located at 140 Old Oyster Road in the Village of Cotuit in the Town of Barnstable, as shown on Town of Barnstable Assessor’s Map 021, Parcel 008, is under the charge, custody and control of the Town Manager; and
WHEREAS, on April 10, 2023, the Town sought and received endorsement of the Town Planning Board that approval under the Subdivision Control Law was not required to divide said 13.5 acre parcel into two lots of 8.1 +/- acres and 5.4+/- acres, referred to hereinafter as Lot A and Parcel B, respectively, as shown on a plan of land entitled, “Approval Not Required Plan of Land at 140 Old Oyster Road in Barnstable (Cotuit) MA (Barnstable County) prepared for: Town of Barnstable Department of Public Works, prepared by: JC Engineering, Inc., 2854 Cranberry Highway, East Wareham, MA 02538, Scale 1” = 60’ October 14, 2022” (the “ANR Plan”) attached hereto; and
WHEREAS, on April 11, 2023, the Town Manager declared that Lot A was no longer required for the public purposes of the Town and was surplus to the Town’s needs and so informed the Town Council; and
WHEREAS, the Cotuit Fire District seeks to acquire Lot A due to its location within a wellhead protection area and directly up gradient from one of the Fire District’s primary drinking water wells; and
WHEREAS, the Town Manager seeks authorization to convey Lot A by deed to the Cotuit Fire District for the nominal consideration of One Dollar and No Cents ($1.00); and
WHEREAS, the Town Manager seeks Town Council approval of a Conservation Restriction to be placed on Parcel B to be held by the Cotuit Fire District for conservation, recreation, aquifer recharge area and watershed protection purposes;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED:
1. That the Town Council does hereby declare available for disposition and approve and authorize the conveyance by deed of Lot A, 8.1 +/- acres as shown on the ANR Plan, including the building thereon, as is, where is, without warranty or any further obligation incumbent upon the Town, to the Cotuit Fire District for the nominal consideration of One Dollar and No Cents ($1.00); and further authorizes the Town Manager to execute, receive, deliver and record any written instrument necessary to effectuate such conveyance; and
2. Subject to the conveyance authorized by Paragraph 1 hereof, and pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L. c. 184, sections 31-33, the Conservation Restriction statute, the Town Council does hereby approve and authorize the Town Council President to sign on behalf of the Town Council a Conservation Restriction on Parcel B, 5.4 +/- acres as shown on the ANR Plan, said Restriction to be held by the Cotuit Fire District for conservation, recreation, aquifer recharge area and watershed protection purposes. Said Restriction is subject to approval of the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and shall be substantially in the form attached hereto. It is further ordered that the Town Manager is authorized to execute, receive, deliver and record any written instruments necessary to effectuate the purposes set forth herein.
SPONSOR:Councilor Jessica Rapp Grassetti, Precinct 7; Mark S. Ells, Town Manager
**NOTE: Item was read into the Town Council meeting record on April 27, 2023 and referred to the May 4, 2023 Town Council meeting for Council discussion and vote. Item is NOT open to a public hearing however public comments are accepted during Public Comment at beginning of meeting.
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