Plastic water ban, Wakeby Pond study tops Mashpee city meeting for October 18

MASHPEE – The annual fall town get-together is scheduled for October 18 at 6 p.m. under a tent on the Mashpee High School stadium field.

The Mashpee Board of Selectmen approved the date and time for the meeting on Monday evening. At an earlier meeting, the Board of Directors, along with city presenter Jeremy Carter, discussed other options for the city meeting, such as holding it indoors or over the weekend.

In a meeting last week, the board examined the second draft of the municipal council resolution. The board has voted on most of the items, and the Mashpee Finance Committee is expected to vote on each warrant item at its meeting on Thursday. Here are the main highlights from the arrest warrant:

Change of the board name

The town council members will vote on whether to change the name of the Mashpee Board of Selectmen to Mashpee Select Board. This follows in line with other cities like Falmouth, which changed the Falmouth Board of Selectmen to the Falmouth Select Board in 2019.

Wastewater Management Department

After the funds for the first construction phase of the wastewater treatment plant were approved in May, the voters also decided to create a wastewater management department, which, under the direction of the city engineer, oversees and operates public wastewater collection, treatment and disposal systems.

Boat ramp

Voters will choose whether to transfer $ 425,000 from the community conservation budget to fund the third phase of the Ockway Bay Boat Ramp Improvement Project, which would replace the concrete boat ramp and install a concrete wash floor at the end of the ramp. If approved, the project is expected to be completed in winter or spring 2022.

Shellfish protection

In order to protect the habitats of shellfish that reside in docks from potential spillage or failure, an article would prohibit overnight stays at city-issued moorings within the Mashpee Estuary systems.

Mashpee Wakeby Pond

City assembly voters will decide to transfer $ 350,000 from the available proceeds to fund a diagnostic study of the pond that would determine necessary nutrient reductions, improvements in public access and practices, and improvements in water quality, the warrant said.

Ban on plastic water bottles

Following in the footsteps of other cities that have banned the commercial sale of single-use plastic water bottles, Mashpee voters would vote on whether to do the same. It would come into force on September 30, 2022, excluding any declared state of emergency. Facilities that violate the law will receive a written warning the first time, a $ 150 fine the second time, and a $ 300 fine the third and subsequent violations. The Mashpee Board of Selectmen approved the article with 3-2 votes.

Solar projects

Some petition articles on the arrest warrant refer to solar projects. One would establish a solar energy system overlay district, and another would give the planning committee more discretion in approving solar energy projects that have land coverage in excess of 20% under certain conditions. Another article would define terms used in the new proposed Solar Energy Tribes Overlay District.

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