Town Councilor Update
Councilor June Daley has an update from Precinct 11.
By Town Councilor June Daley
Super storm Sandy arrived at my residence with quiet a punch. The powerful wind blew down three panels of stockade fence. The wind then decapitated a large oak tree and sent it flying into the utility wires knocking out power to my neighborhood. I was amazed the heavy tree top did not take down the utility pole also. The snapped wires were live and they began to burn the oak tree. I called NStar right away and reported the situation. At about 8 PM work crews took on the task of removing the tree from the wires in the rain. Early the next morning crews were on scene to begin the repair to the utility lines. By one o’clock the neighborhood was up and running again. I thank NStar for doing a great job!
On November 3rd oyster season began in Barnstable. Many folks were out on the water collecting their limits at Bridge Street when we went on Sunday. We mostly dug oysters but we took a few hard shell clams also. It is very gratifying to spend an hour or so once a week to collect fresh shellfish for the table. You get plenty of exercise from shellfishing and at the end of the day you can relax and enjoy the fruits of your labors.
The proposed berm project at the shooting range is moving right along. The bid for the project was awarded to Robert B. Our Company. Trees will be cleared and then the plan is to build the berm with some material from harbor dredgings. Other materials will be mixed with the dried dredging
materials. Barnstable Harbor is slated to be dredged in the next few months. The clean material from that dredging project is slated to be used during the building of the berm. The contaminated material from the Barnstable Harbor dredging project will not be used and will be removed off-cape. The clean material from future dredging projects can be used towards building the berm. The berm will eventually give those West Barnstable folks who live north of the mid-cape highway a better quality of life by suppressing the noise from the shooting range.
The town is currently seeking requests for proposals for the installation of a new foundation at the Old Selectmen’s Building located on Meetinghouse Road in West Barnstable. The leaking roof on the building has recently been replaced with beautiful new cedar shingles. It is exciting to watch this historical preservation project unfold.
Bortolotti Construction Company was awarded the bid to install a new septic system at the West Barnstable Community Building. The installation project begins next week. The parking lot will not be available during construction. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The budget season is upon us. The next capital improvement program will include a request for money to expand and enhance the parking lot between the West Barnstable Community Building and the Old Selectmen’s Building. The list of requests for capital improvements is long and the amount of money is limited.
I hope you all get to share memorable times with your families and loved ones during Thanksgiving. Remember to thank a vet for his service to our country. Until next time, be safe!