Falmouth selectmen on Monday, June 3, accepted an easement from Lloyd Keigwin, granting access to the Shining Sea Bikeway parking lot on County Road in North Falmouth.
Mr. Keigwin owns a small parcel of land between the parking lot and the railroad tracks. The parcel will provide access from from the County Road crosswalk at the Shining Sea Bikeway to the parking lot.
“Pedestrians would come on and off the bike path along the railway fence and use the crosswalk, without having to cross Pine Street and County Road to access the parking lot,” bicycle and pedestrian committee member Timothy M. Shea said.
The easement has a secondary benefit, as a water bottle refill station is being installed in the parking lot.
“It just so happens the easement is the easiest way to get the water line from County Road into the parking lot,” Mr. Shea said.
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Selectmen waived the building permit fees for the Falmouth Housing Corporation’s workforce housing project at 591 Gifford Street.
The Falmouth Housing Corporation is building 20 one-bedroom rental units on Gifford Street. The units will be constructed over the course of two phases, ten units at a time.
“We’ve done fundraising and some value engineering on the project, so it is viable,” Linda J. Clark, director of the Falmouth Housing Corporation said. “While it is not a major issue, it would be helpful to get the building permit fee waiver.”
Selectmen unanimously voted to waive the building permit fee.
The Falmouth Housing Corporation anticipates starting construction during the summer and could have 10 affordable workforce units available by mid-2020.
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Selectmen reorganized Monday. Selectman Megan E. English Braga was appointed chairman of the board, and Douglas C. Brown was named vice chairman.
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Selectmen approved a name change for the town’s substance abuse commission, which is now called the Falmouth Commission on Substance Use.
“Their goal is to essentially be more in line with the current thinking and current language around substance disorders,” Ms. English Braga said. “Instead of substance abuse, they’ll be substance use.”
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Falmouth Selectmen unanimously voted to allow the beach department to apply for a grant from the New Balance Falmouth Road Race to help funds its annual awards banquet.
“We recognize outstanding performances with plaques that are special mementos forever for those people,” Beach Superintendent Bruce G. Mogardo said.
A recent cost increase meant some beach department employees could not afford to attend the banquet, so Mr. Mogardo covered the cost. A grant from the road race would enable the beach department to cover the expense for those employees who otherwise could not attend the banquet.
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Selectman Samuel H. Patterson read a proclamation declaring June 8 as Patrick R. Preston Day in honor of the town’s latest Eagle Scout.
For his Eagle Scout project, Mr. Preston established a youth center in the lodge of St. Anthony’s Church. He converted a seldom-used conference room into a youth center with couches, a television and video games, as well as a special wall.
“We took the back wall and used a special paint which, if you paint over it, essentially turned the wall into a huge dry-erase board,” he said.
The youth center is available to Falmouth youth as a place to de-stress from their day to day lives.
Selectmen also read a proclamation declaring June 8 the “Day of Portugal” in recognition of Falmouth’s large Portuguese-American population.
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Selectmen approved a number of events on Monday night, including the 4th of July parade, the Paul White Memorial Road Race, the Waquoit Congregational Church summer bazaar and Habitat for Humanity’s Ride for Homes.
The board also approved the Juneteeth Festival, the Harbor Lights Illumination Nights free concert series, the Revival Church for the Nations Falmouth 4 Christ event and three wedding ceremonies.
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Selectmen approved the common victualler license renewal for Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream in East Falmouth.
The board also approved promotional signage for the John Wesley United Methodist Church’s vacation bible school, spaghetti dinner, clothing sale and Christmas fair. They also allowed the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church to place an promotional sign for its annual lobster on the lawn dinners.
The board also granted a variance to The 300 Committee, allowing it to place a sign for the Two Ponds Conservation Area within the Gifford Street road layout.
“If we put our sign on the property, it would be more than 40 feet back from the road,” said 300 Committee executive director Jessica Whritenour.
Placing the sign on Gifford Street allows them to better inform the public of the conservation area available for their use. Dedicated parking for the Two Ponds Conservation Area is available at Atria Woodbriar.
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The board approved one-day wine and malt liquor licenses for the Silver Beach Improvement Association’s summer socials, the Cape Cod Jerk Fest at Cape Cod Fairgrounds and the Falmouth Arts Center Summer Gala fundraiser.