A local fundraising organization will have to find a new location for its charity toll booth after the selectmen denied it permission to raise funds in front of the Main Street post office on August 23.
Selectmen chairman Mary (Pat) Flynn suggested the Marine Corps League meet with the special event working group to select a more suitable location.
The fundraising event has been held on Main Street for the past five years with Marine Corps League members standing in the street asking drivers for cash donations. The proceeds go to local police departments, the Angel House, and many other charities.
“The issue is it creates the appearance of being unsafe and impeding traffic flow,” said Ms. Flynn.
Selectman Rebecca Moffit echoed the sentiment by saying it causes a lot of confusion for traffic and pedestrians, and appears to be unsafe when league members are standing in the center of Main Street.
League member Brad Hutchenrider of Cotuit said the fundraising event has never caused any incidents and the police have never received any complaints.
“We chose that location because the traffic naturally slows there,” he said.
Selectman Susan Lynn Moran said although it is a great cause, she cannot support the event at the current location. The special event working group, consisting of town employees including fire and police workers, voted against the request. The selectmen seek their advice when approving special events.
The board modified its special events policy over the winter to include considering the impact the event would have on parking and traffic in July and August.
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Adrian C.J. Dufresne of Falmouth Heights criticized the selectmen for their decision last week to allow the Falmouth Fireworks Committee to serve beer and wine at the Falmouth Heights ball field from 3 to 8:30 PM on July 4.
“I don’t care what kind of safeguards you put in place, it won’t be enough when you’re talking about serving alcohol in a crowded, family-friendly event,” he said during the public comment portion of the meeting. He said there are four other alcohol licenses in that same area on July 4.
Mr. Dufresne was followed by Nancy A. Hayward of Chase Road, West Falmouth, who told board members that historical preservation should be a part of their five-year strategic plan.
“One of our goals should be to maintain the historic preservation of this community,” she said.
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The board approved releasing $120,000 from the Falmouth Affordable Housing Fund to help pay for the St. Mark’s affordable housing project. The community preservation committee recommended the project last month and the board approved it last week. This was the final town stamp of approval needed before construction on the three houses can begin.
The housing fund was created in 2010 to provide both loans and grants to construct affordable housing in Falmouth. Selectmen can appropriate the funds so that projects do not have to wait for the Town Meeting funding cycle.
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After a brief interview, selectmen voted unanimously to appoint Elizabeth I. Zimmerli of Deacon Fish Lane to the town’s commission on disabilities.
Ms. Zimmerli, a town resident for 27 years, said it was her 5-year old grandson, who has cerebral palsy, that inspired her to apply for the board.
“I can be the voice for the kids,” she said, noting the difficulty she has using some of the town’s playground equipment with her grandson. She also said there are committee members that are unable to drive and she could assist them in counting town handicap parking spots and testing wheelchair ramps.
The board also unanimously voted to appoint Thomas F. Pender of Whittier Road to the town building committee.
Mr. Pender, a retired plumber, was a mechanical inspector for the city of Boston and holds a degree in public administration.
They also re-appointed Jared V. Goldstone to the board of health for another three-year term. He is current chairman. Russell E. Robbins of Pinecrest Beach Drive was appointed full member of the conservation commission.
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Selectmen agreed the new proposed sign for the Schoolhouse Green Apartments at 138 Teaticket Highway is much clearer and approved the sign variance. But they referred the design for a new Paul Harney Golf Club sign on Route 151 back to the design review committee for better clarification on where the sign would be located and to consider making it a “ladder” sign.
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The board held two requests for a wedding ceremony permit, one from Rachel Courtland of New York City and the other from Christopher Martin of East Sandwich, until the beach committee made its recommendations.
However, the board voted to permit the following 2014 events:
Falmouth Chorale Concert at the Marine Park bandshell on Tuesdays from July 15-July 22; the Paul White Road Race beginning at the North Falmouth Library on July 5; Falmouth Walk on August 16 at Town Hall Square; David Lewis 5K on Ter Heun Drive on August 30; Main Street Mile on September 7; Autumn Escape Bike Trek from September 26-28; Cape Cod Marathon for October 25 and 26; Falmouth in the Fall Road Race from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights on November 2; Laughter Yoga at the Marine Park bandshell Mondays from July 4 - August 25; and the Waquoit Congregational Church’s summer bazaar on July 11 and 12.
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Under administrative business, they approved the following: payment of $599.28 from the beach department donation account to M.R. Soares Company, Inc.; commitment letter to contribute $250,000 from the community preservation funds toward the purchase of perpetual conservation easement in the Oyster Pond Headwaters Protection area; and the town manager’s attendance at the ICMA (International City/County Management Association) annual conference.
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During a public hearing, selectmen approve transferring an all alcoholic package store license from Three Way Enterprises, Inc. to M.Z. Enterprises, d/b/a Falmouth Food Mart & Liquor, 414 East Falmouth Highway.
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Selectmen granted a seasonal license to Smitty’s ice cream shop.