In February, Cape Cod Commission Executive Director Paul J. Niedzwiecki defended his organization to Mashpee Board of Selectmen, questioning motives behind a Town Meeting petition article calling for the town to withdraw from the regional planning authority.
At the time, he also promised that there would be increased communication between the town and the commission, and on Monday evening that indeed happened.
Ernest S. Virgilio, Mashpee’s appointed representative to the commission, provided an update to the selectmen in the form of a professionally designed, two-page “Mashpee Services Report.”
Highlights of the report included an update on the commission’s Section 208 Water Quality Plan which will be sent this week to the Department of Environmental
Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency. It also provided status updates on other initiatives, including the commission’s Smarter Economy Summit, and increases in development of regional impact thresholds in some Upper Cape industrial areas, although none were in Mashpee.
Of particular interest to Mashpee was an element of the commission’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy that includes the provision of infrastructure improvements to the South Cape Village and Industrial Drive areas.
According to the report, “The project is designed to generate development in an economically vital section of Mashpee that will create immediate construction jobs and long term professional, year round, well paying, non-retail jobs resulting in an improved local and regional economy.”
Selectman Andrew R. Gottlieb also urged his colleagues to consider scheduling a conversation with commission leaders to discuss how the town could further benefit from the agency.
“I think there are opportunities to do good things,” he said.
Marcia R. King, Mashpee’s elected representative to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates, also briefly addressed the board of selectmen. She reported on the recent development and passage of a county budget, which did not include an increase allowed under Proposition 2 1/2.
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The board of selectmen unanimously voted to allow Fire Chief Thomas R. Rullo to fill two vacant paramedic positions.
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Selectman Michael R. Richardson received unanimous approval to serve another term as Mashpee’s representative to the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative.
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NStar was unanimously granted approval to place a conduit and a handhole at an underground facility at 15 Bay View Road.
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A $4,000 study proposal to conduct a compensation survey for town employees was unanimously awarded to The Executive Suite of Hyannis.