The Bourne Community Preservation Committee is set to review more than $607,000 worth of historic, open space and recreation funding requests. The committee will decide which projects will be included on the warrant for this fall’s Special Town Meeting.
In an email dated Monday, August 19, preservation committee chairman Barry H. Johnson released the list of projects for which the group has received applications. The projects range from historic recordkeeping to creation of handicapped accessibility to buildings to improving water quality, and creating a new town park.
Mr. Johnson said he plans to hold a CPC meeting next Monday, August 26 “in order that we might begin our review process.”
Preservation Act funds come from a 3 percent surcharge on a resident’s annual real estate tax bill. The funds generated can be spent on four types of projects—historic preservation, open space, recreation, and affordable housing.
Conservation Agent Samuel O. Haines has submitted an application requesting $80,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to create a new park on Shore Road. The park would be located across from the Pocasset River Marina in the area where sand from dredging Barlows Landing Beach had recently been deposited.
The overall site is approximately two acres of town-owned land. The plan includes putting down loam and seed to cover about a half-acre to two-thirds of an acre with grass. The park would also feature a pick-your-own-fruit patch with wild blueberries and beach plums, as well as upgraded parking spaces, and plantings and fencing.
The Bourne Town Archives has requested $28,000 to continue updating its website. Town Administrator Thomas M. Guerino has applied for $40,000 to improve accessibility to Bourne Town Hall. The Pocasset Village Foundation is seeking $98,676 to continue improvement of disabled access to the Pocasset Community Center on Barlows Landing Road.
All three of those projects qualify for CPA funds under the historic preservation requirement.
The Bourne Department of Natural Resources has applied for $30,000 to replace the dinghy dock at Barlows Landing Beach. The Cedar Point Association has requested $50,000 for its Save the Marshes project. The association wants the funding to conduct an engineering evaluation as the first step towards improving water quality at Hen Cove.
In a letter to the Bourne Board of Selectmen, Pocasset resident Susan Baracchini called the water quality at Hen Cove and Barlows Landing Beach “deplorable.” Ms. Barrachini cited a “horrible stench,” frequent beach closures because of high counts of coliform bacteria, and a permanent shellfish ban by the state “due to sanitation.”
Ms. Baracchini wrote that the lack of daily tidal flow in the area has resulted in a crisis which “requires immediate resolution” and has asked that the town investigate an engineering solution to the problem. She plans to state her case during the selectmen’s meeting on September 3.
The Town Administrator’s Advisory Committee on Pedestrian Bicycle Pathway has submitted an application for $280,400 to continue its efforts at expanding the Shining Sea Bikeway from North Falmouth to the Cape Cod Canal.
The committee was approved for $50,000 in Community Preservation Act funds at Special Town Meeting in October, 2018. The money was requested to pay half the cost of designing a half-mile pedestrian and bicycle path to run from Bell Road at the Cape Cod Canal down to Monument Neck Road.
In June, the project was awarded $285,000 from the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Program. Also in June, the project received $15,000 from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization works with communities to preserve unused rail corridors by transforming them into rail trails.