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July 14, 2014 PDF  | Print |
2014
Trustees of Sandwich Beaches
Steering Committee Meeting
Held: 7/14/14, 6:30 PM @ Café Chew Restaurant
Attending:
                                Irene Davis                          This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Laura WIng
                                Bill Boles                               This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
                                Paul Schneider                   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
                                Sharon Schneider             This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
                                Bruce Wiksten                    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
                                Jeanne Ekasala                 
                                Elaine Tammi                      This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
                                Toni Sennott
                                Arthur Doyle
                                Susan Doyle
                                Mark Forest
                                Peter A. Revella – Via Skype
                               
Mission Statement:
To promote the restoration of our beaches, dunes, and salt marsh, and the protection of them from further erosion in order to preserve the natural beauty of our shoreline and historic town, districts, and boardwalk; to promote a balance of public access to the beaches and the conservation of their natural habitat; to ensure the long term stabilization of our beaches so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

*** Goal for the August and succeeding meetings: “Bring a Friend to the Meeting
June meeting minutes approved: Motion Elaine Tami  - Unanimous
Treasurer’s Report: No treasurer’s report but we had $2768.54 in our account in May.
 
General Discussion:
Next Meeting: Set for 8/11/14
 
1: Beach Survey:  Bill Boles will send out an email message to members asking them to fill out the beach Survey.
2: Arthur Doyle mentioned that the Canal jetty extension happened in 1962-1963.
3: Irene Davis reported on Sandwichfest: We made $400 on gear sales, Paul Joubert did a $500 match.
4: A discussion of the upcoming election cycle proceeded. Arthur Doyle suggested that we get all candidates to make a public commitment to replenishment of tour beaches. The primary will be on 9/9.
5: Irene mentioned that one of the problems are the existing jetties. For example there is an 8’ drop in from the northern side of the jetty near her house to the southern side.
6: Toni Sennott wonders if the situation in Sandwich negatively effects other Cape towns.
7: Irene mentions the increasing danger of flooding in the town and the railroad line. Currently there is no money going to the ocean beaches, only to the ponds.
 
8: Peter a Revella Corp LLC – The main order of business was a Skype in conversation with Peter Revella.
Peter was a coastal manager for Texas for 6 years, then a coastal technician. He specializes in beach restoration financing. He works on a flat monthly fee and works to bring a town to a “decision”. You need to get a financial plan to finance continuing projects”
                The need is for Permits – Cash & Sand.
                The Community must be involved in coming up with the plan and the solution.
                There is an absolute necessity to build a constituency around a solution.
Irene- “The town has opposed funding in the past”.
                Need to make a dedicated account a first priority.
                Need more than one source of revenue.
                Reliable, predictable revenue streams to a dedicated account.
                Peter Revella asks for help within the town. He does not involve town government. He meets in workshops with 25 or so interested people over 6 mon. This also involving non-resident property owners.
                The goal is to come up with something that works. Often the recommendation that comes out of the process is totally unexpected.
                Then there is a report to the City Council with 2 options.
Arthur Doyle – “Good presentation! Our problem is the Federal Government, the CORPS. How do we get them to address their failure?
                Suing the CORP is difficult. Instead, work towards a “continuing authority project.”
                Part of the process is to get the town and the citizens to buy in. You need to get the politicians to act.
                My workshops take 6 months because it’s education. About 10 workshops will be needed to build a basis of support.
                Fees: Less than $100,000-$125,000. Typically around $75,000.
                Qualifying Sandwich to get federal assistance is key. FEMA funding.
                5-10 million is not impossible.
                Typically, by the end of the third series of workshops, about three months, you begin to see the end result. IE: How to pay for the first project, the second, the third and so on.
                Local governments - “Paralysis sets in when there is no obvious solution, everything stalls because people can’t see a way through it.”
                If the plan is generated by the people government officials will vote yes because there is no fear that they will lose their elected positions, IE: no repercussions if it’s going to cost money.
                Peter Revella will talk to Bud Dunham in the hopes of setting up a meeting with the selectmen.
Laura Wing- The town thinks it is working on the problem but they are seeking external funding sources.
                That’s because they don’t see a way out.  New thinking, a consensus, is needed.
Arthur Doyle - Town Bond Rating. The town doesn’t want more unfunded spending.
Irene Davis – Maybe the town’s government resists citizen’s efforts because it’s not their idea? Maybe the Selectmen are afraid of losing control? If the town will fund it, then it will happen.
 
9: Skype ends and meeting resumes
10: There will be no beach party on 7/21
11: 375th Parade – We need a leader.
12: Theme for the August and succeeding meetings: “Bring a Friend to the Meeting”
13: Meeting adjourned 8:55.
 
Continuing Action Items:
● Check on t-shirts both inventory and colors.
● Send letters out to the town.
● Irene to interview more people on Sandwich TV.
● Plan for the 375th anniversary of our town.
● See if we can participate in Gustovius Howland Day.
● Identify a lawyer to represent us.
● Find out more about filing a class action suit
 

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Next TSB Meeting:

*** Monday  April 6 2020

6:30 pm

 

At Cafe Chew

(**First Monday of the month) 

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