Mashpee Selectmen's Meeting Notes: Habitat For Humanity To Build Two More Homes

The Mashpee Board of Selectmen approved a Local Initiative Program (LIP) on Monday for Habitat for Humanity to develop two properties at 108 Orchard Road and 68 Strawberry Avenue—consisting of 0.45 and 0.23 acres, respectively—which were approved for affordable housing at the May Town Meeting. Single-family homes will be built on both lots and will be developed under Chapter 40B of Massachusetts General Law, according to Leedara Zola, the director of land acquisition and permitting for Habitat for Humanity.

Due to issues with road access, the Strawberry Avenue property will be connected with nearby Quinaquisset Avenue. The address of the property will be changed accordingly to 132 Quinaquisset Avenue.

Selectman Andrew R. Gottlieb asked whether Ms. Zola had an estimated completion date for the projects. Ms. Zola responded that she is never prepared to answer that question due to frequent “twists and turns” in the permitting process.

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“We have to make sure the site works and our funding works,” she said.

Following a motion by selectman John Cahalane, the board voted unanimously to approve the LIP with Habitat for Humanity and send a letter of support for the project to the state.

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The selectmen voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Gottlieb as their representative for the Cape Cod Commission’s Regional Beach Access Coalition, an ad-hoc committee that advocates for local authority and input on all shore-related matters, such as the use of dredge spoils, shorefront protection and management, and species management.

Although he agreed to represent the board, Mr. Gottlieb mentioned that the coalition began with the idea of easing vehicular access to beaches near endangered birds, which he does not view as an issue in Mashpee. Regardless, the selectmen agreed that it is important to be involved.

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With regrets, the board accepted the resignations of two special events committee members, Ellen Burke and Carol Mitchell, and voted to approve the committee’s request for the appointment of Benjamin Tobins.

The board also voted to appoint Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council secretary Marie A. Stone as the tribal representative to the affordable housing committee, and Brian C. Mauro and Linda C. Smith to the Mashpee Wakeby Lake Management Committee.

Three position vacancy requests were unanimously approved for the police department (public safety dispatcher), the Council on Aging (volunteer coordinator), and the Department of Public Works (administrative assistant). The Council on Aging position is grant-funded and will be filled temporarily, town manager Joyce M. Mason said, depending on the annual funding received for elder services.

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