The Falmouth Select Board approved a new committee handbook at its Monday, November 9, meeting.
“Thanks to Judy Fenwick for taking the initiative and doing a ton of work in putting this book together,” board member Douglas C. Brown said. “It is a really professional production. Take a look at it; she has really done a world of work.”
Mr. Brown also thanked Assistant Town Manager Peter Johnson-Staub for suggesting edits to the handbook.
“It is a really welcoming book,” Mr. Brown said. “It really gives you a sense of what it is going to be like to be on a committee, and the importance of it.”
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Edward and Kathleen E. Valeriani of Hatchville urged the board to consider the Sandwich Road location proposed by the Future Fire Station Location Committee for the town’s next fire station.
Their public comment, read into the record by Mr. Brown, reiterated comments Ms. Valeriani made in January at the forum on the future of fire protection services.
“My neighborhood, Ashumet Valley and I, have worked with the town and the fire department for 30 years to bring a fire station to Hatchville,” Ms. Valeriani wrote. “Before the economy tanked in 2008, it was always understood that the next fire station would be built in Hatchville. We are the only large area in town without a fire station. Currently, the response times are nine to 12-plus minutes, which is way too long for medical or cardiac arrest.”
She asked the board to consider the Sandwich Road location “so that our area of town, and the adjacent areas, can have a much more improved response time and will bring more equitable service to the entire town.”
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The board further discussed an application to rent a portion of the Menauhant Beach east parking lot for a wedding next September. Though the board did not approve the lot rental, members stated that parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The town does not reserve parking spaces within beach parking lots.
“I’d rather not receive the fee,” Mr. Brown said. “I’d rather just make it our policy, and it would be in line with the school department’s policy, that you don’t have exclusive rights to any spots. If you want to use it, you can go ahead, but it may not be available because other public members are using it. If we accept the fee, it infers we are making a deal.”
No such deal was made, with the board voting unanimously to take no further action on the matter.
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The board approved 13 common victualler licenses on Monday night, including the Bear in Boots Burger Bar, Burger King, Coonamessett Farm, Crabapples, Falmouth Jade, Mary Ellen’s Bakery, Osteria la Civetta, Paul Harney Golf, Persy’s Place, Pickle Jar Kitchen, Pie in the Sky, Seafood Sam’s and Thai Kitchen.
The board also renewed the all-alcohol restaurant licenses for Bear in Boots Burger Bar, Falmouth Jade, Osteria la Civetta, Paul Harney Golf and Pickle Jar Kitchen, and the wine and malt restaurant licenses for Crabapples, Homeport Sushi and Seafood Sam’s.
The board renewed the Kappy’s all-alcohol package store license, Rapid Refill’s wine and malt package store license, and the Palmer House Inn’s innholder and wine, malt and cordial innholder licenses.
In addition, the board renewed the Class II used car licenses for Falmouth Auto Sales, M&N Auto Mall, O’Hara Motors and Savon Hatem.