Falmouth Board Of Selectmen Briefs May 19, 2014

Falmouth Board of Selectmen agreed the town should move forward with drafting regulations for the eco-toilet exemption project and agreed to set up a committee or working group.

Town manager Julian M. Suso said it is important to send a message to the town of its intentions to move forward with the demonstration project that can be used by Little Pond residents and for future exemptions.

A bill has been filed at the State House that will grant homeowners an exemption from connecting to town sewer if they participate in the town’s eco-toilet demonstration project. The project is contained in the final comprehensive wastewater management plan that passed the ballot this week. The bill passed and stipulates the town shall adopt regulations within 120 days.

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Town counsel Frank K. Duffy Jr. said parameters need to be established, including the number of participants, the requirements and the monitoring and inspecting of the toilets. He said there needs to be a contract between the town and the homeowner that lays out the responsibilities of both parties.

“Folks may be hesitant to enter the program until they see exactly what it entails,” said board chairman Brent V.W. Putnam.

The board voted unanimously to have draft regulations complete by the end of June for public discussion.

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Selectmen unanimously approved a conservation restriction for a 7.2-acre portion of Daniel H. Shearer’s 10.2-acre property at 45 Little Neck Bars Road. Jessica K.Whritenour of The 300 Committee Land Trust said to the board the restriction will permanently protect the parcel. She said it covers a vacant portion of the property that is known to be unbuildable under current regulations. The entirety of Mr. Shearer’s property is within the Black Beach/Great Sippewissett Marsh district of critical planning concern. 

Ms. Whritenour said the assessor’s expected valuation of the property would decrease from $1,927,700 to $1,912,600 and will result in a $128 property tax decrease.

Selectman Rebecca Moffit asked if a trail could be built for public use.

Ms. Whritenour said the restriction does not grant rights of access to the public and the landowner could decide to create a footpath on the property.
Selectman Mary (Pat) Flynn thanked Mr. Shearer for protecting this “wonderful piece of land.”

The 300 Committee will submit the conservation restriction to the state for final approval.

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Selectmen voted unanimously to approve Patricia A. Favulli, acting director of assessing, as director of assessing at Monday night’s board of selectmen meeting at the request of Mr. Suso
Mr. Putnam said she served very well as acting assessor.

Ms. Favulli thanked the board and said her door is always open.

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Selectman Douglas Jones presented a list of the town committees that he grouped by subject matter to his fellow board members. This list will be used to help the next board, with its newly elected members, select committee liaisons.

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During the town manager’s report, Mr. Suso informed the board of a new voluntary policing initiative on Main Street. Mr. Suso said he was working with building commissioner Eladio S. Gore and Main Street businesses to control the amount of obstacles in front of stores, like multiple sandwich board signs, chairs, et cetera. 

He also said the Mill Road parking lot construction is complete and NStar is working with a contractor on drainage improvements and mentioned the work still continues on Main Street’s Peg Noonan Park.

Lastly, he said town hall is closed Monday for the observance of Memorial Day.

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Selectman Mary (Pat) Flynn said in two recent instances, she witnessed Falmouth students receive accolades. During a recent event at the State House, Ms. Flynn said she watched Connor Moulton of Falmouth High School win first honors at the annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education for building an electric car.   
She also said, at the Cape Cod Economic Summit, Lawrence School students showcased an algae-monitoring drone they built.

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The board approved a sign variance request for the Catholic Charities Drive to be placed at the entrance to Catholic church properties.

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Mr. Putnam said there are many vacancies on the town committees, and encouraged people to apply. An updated list of vacancies will be placed on the town’s website by May 23.

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Selectmen approved a request for an entertainment and Sunday entertainment license to Juan Celestino Paredes, d/b/a as Celestino’s North, at 444 North Falmouth Highway.

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They approved a seasonal license to R.H. Samson Antiques & Collectibles at 556 Main Street, Falmouth.

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In a blanket vote, the board approved the following items without discussion:

The board authorized the town manager and conservation commission to apply for the FY15 state land grant toward acquiring a perpetual conservation restriction on five parcels that the Oyster Pond Environmental Trust agreed to purchase from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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The board approved a Sunday entertainment license at the Barnstable County Fair for July 27.

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Selectmen approved three wedding ceremony and parking permits for use of Surf Drive Beach and parking lot from Marc Leduc and Ashley Scibelli of South Boston on May 31; from Jean and Kelsy Fleet of Walker Street, Falmouth, for June 7; and from Elise Adamo and Joshua Lewis from Hopkinton for June 14.

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The board also approved a wedding ceremony and parking permit to Allison Laughead Mackin of East Falmouth for a ceremony on June 28 at Old Silver Beach.

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The board approved the placement of flashing crosswalk/golf cart signs to be placed along Quissett Avenue.

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The board approved but did not release the minutes from its executive session on May 5.

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