Falmouth Selectmen's Meeting Notes: Fall Town Meeting, Execution Of Warrant Scheduled

Falmouth Board of Selectmen chairman Mary (Pat) Flynn announced the dates for the 2014 November Town Meeting.

The warrant closes on Friday, September 12.  Selectmen vote articles and execute the warrant on Monday, September 22. The articles will be published on Friday, September 26. Selectmen will vote the article recommendations on Monday, October 20. The warrant will be published with recommendations on Friday, October 24 and Town Meeting begins on November 17.

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Scott A. Ghelfi, president of the Falmouth Road Race board of directors, updated the selectmen on a few changes to this year’s race slated for August 17. The race will begin at 9 AM, one hour earlier than in past years. Mr. Ghelfi said the change will allow runners to finish earlier in the day and be less susceptible to mid-day heat. It will also allow race cleanup to begin earlier.

Meb Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist who in April became the first American man since 1983 to win the Boston Marathon, will compete in this year’s road race. The last time he competed in Falmouth was 2009.

Organizers created an event called “Run with Meb,” a 2.5-mile run beginning at 7 AM on Saturday, August 16. Another new event, “Girls’ Night Out,” begins with a 2.5-mile run at 6:30 PM on Friday, followed by massages and manicures at Casino Wharf FX.

Selectman Douglas H. Jones asked if these new events would cause road closures, to which Mr. Ghelfi replied that they would not.

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After brief interviews, the board elected Christopher H. McGuire and Pamela B. Rothstein to the bikeways committee with terms ending June 30, 2017. Mr. McGuire lives on Mullen Way and occasionally cycles to Mullen-Hall Elementary School with his two young children.

“I suggested to the committee to add a crosswalk on the path, and they asked me if I would like to apply to be a member. I could add perspective of children’s safety,” he said.

Ms. Rothstein, who lives on Cachalot Lane, said she is an educator, a parent, and an avid biker. She lived abroad where bicycle lanes are integrated into traffic plans.

“Our roads are not properly designed to accommodate cars, people and cyclists, but we can start with adding signage and educating motorists and cyclists,” she said.

Both were unanimously elected.

The board also reelected Joseph A. Quintiliani to the veterans’ council committee.

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Losing three members from both the conservation commission and the golf advisory committee to expiring term limits spurred the board to reconsider the term limit bylaw.

Ms. Flynn said after conferring with town counsel Frank K. Duffy Jr. that the board only has the authority to change limits for ad hoc committees and working groups.

“I think we should be careful about removing term limits. A past board really gave careful consideration to changing the law because community members were concerned there wasn’t any turnover on town boards,” said Ms. Flynn.

Mr. Patterson said members who are forced off committees because they have reached their term limit can take their one mandatory year off, still attend the meetings as a citizen, and then re-apply. The board agreed to maintain the term limits, which is generally three consecutive three-year terms.

Ms. Flynn suggested holding a meeting in the fall with all committee chairmen to continue discussing term limits.

Mr. Jones pointed out that the golf advisory board members are limited to two three-year terms and made a motion to change it to three terms. Selectmen unanimously voted in favor of the change.

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Selectmen approved the East Falmouth Association’s request for three off-premise signs for its annual meeting on July 31.

“I have an objection to approving signs when people have already put them up,” Mr. Jones said.

Ms. Flynn said they should ask people to apply earlier for event signs since the board generally meets every other week.

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Mr. Jones asked if there is a way to advertise to visitors that parking is available just outside of downtown before drivers start circling Main Street for a parking spot. 

“Most people don’t know that there is free parking at Mullen-Hall and Lawrence Schools, both of which are easy to walk to,” he said.

Town manager Julian M. Suso said he would explore the option of erecting an off-premise parking sign.

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The board approved an all alcoholic common victualler license to the 99 Restaurant in Falmouth. The application is needed because the company changed a member on its board of directors.

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Selectmen approved the Visiting Nurse Association’s contract with the town for fiscal year 2015. The town will pay the VNA $46,000 for one year of its services.

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The board approved a grant application in the amount of $4,600 to Mass Housing for the Falmouth hoarding task force. The town formed this task force in 2013 as a response to receiving more calls from concerned residents about the issue.

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The board authorized the town manager to execute agreements for grant or loan assistance from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust for Falmouth’s wastewater treatment facility Phase 2 improvements and the Little Pond sewer service area and recharge site project.

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The board allowed the town manager to sign an up-to-$18,000, 90-day contract extension until October 31 with Science Wares, Inc. Anastasia K. Karplus of Science Wares Inc. is the water quality management committee’s technical consultant on projects such as the Little Pond sewer project and alternative nutrient management projects like aquaculture and eco-toilets.

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The board authorized the town manager to sign a contract amendment with GHD, the town’s wastewater consultant, for $25,000 only if the town received a $25,000 grant from the water quality protection collaborative.

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Without discussion, the board approved four reoccurring special events: the annual autumn escape bike trek at the Ellen T. Mitchell Bath House at Surf Drive Beach and parking lot on September 26; the Falmouth Classic Car Club dream cruise on September 27; Walk MS Falmouth from Mullen-Hall Elementary School to Surf Drive Beach on September 26; and West Falmouth Day on October 12 at the West Falmouth Swift Playground.

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The board approved a series of one-day liquor licenses to various organizations. They approved a special one-day liquor license to the Woods Hole Public Library for August 2.

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They also granted a one-day special liquor license to Gray Matter Marketing for a craft beer festival at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds September 27 and 28.

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The Falmouth Theatre Guild, Inc. was granted 11 one-day liquor licenses for September 6 and 7, and November 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23.

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The board granted a one-day liquor license to the Cape Cod Fairgrounds on August 16 for the ’60s Rock Revival Festival.

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The last one-day liquor license goes to the Cape Cod Fairgrounds for an obstacle course 5K on August 9.
The board approved the transfer for an automatic amusement device license to Hostmark Falmouth Management, LLC d/b/a Falmouth Holiday Inn Hotel.

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Selectmen approved a wine and malt common victualler license to manager Paula Maccini of CF Main Street, Inc. d/b/a Country Fare Restaurant.

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