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October 13, 2014 PDF  | Print |
Trustees of Sandwich Beaches
Steering Committee Meeting
Held: 10/13/14, 6:30 PM @ Café Chew Restaurant
  Irene Davis, Laura Wing,  Bill Boles, Annette DiMascio, Bill Burbank, Elaine Tammi, Chris Gately
  Bev Hand, Bruce Wiksten, Paul Joubert, Jeanne Ekasala, Barb Petitjean, Bill (?) Shea (?)
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 November and succeeding meetings: “Bring a Friend to the Meeting”
September meeting minutes with one change: - Approved Unanimous
Treasurer’s Report: No treasurer’s report but we had $2768.54 in our account in May. 
General Discussion:
1, Bill Boles filled the group in on the latest developments regarding Sandwich’s grant applications. The town applied for a Coastal Zone Management – Community Resilience Grant on 10/9.
2, We discussed setting up a meeting between TSB’s officers, Walter Sullivan and ‘Skip’ Landers of P. A. Landers to flesh out a plan for a “sand barter” where sand would be donated to our beaches after gravel was removed. A further meeting on this topic with town official involvement was also discussed.
3, Laura Wing discussed her beaches survey and the plan to send it out all political candidates running in this election cycle. The results of the survey would be posted on our website, Facebook page and given to the media.
4, Fall Special Town Meeting and TSB Forum – At this time it appears that there will not be a special fall town meeting. If that continues to be the case our planned TSB forum would be put off until before the normal town meeting next year.
5, Community Preservation Funds – Laura mentioned that the current process of awarding funds is done on a meeting to meeting basis where requests are reviewed at each meeting rather than at an annual meeting where all requests can be evaluated at the same time. She feels that the grant process should be competitive rather done on an ad-hoc basis. Grants for less than $50,000 can be considered all year long while grants for more than that amount must be in by 11/1 of each year. Laura will meet with Lisa Barter to discuss refining this process.
6, Bill Burbank, Chairman of the Sandwich Planning Board discussed updating the town’s Master Plan and Local Comprehensive Plan (LCP). Bill feels that the village district’s preservation need to have a higher priority in the town’s planning. Additionally the boardwalk, as it is the town’s most well-known tourist attraction must be preserved. Dune and beach erosion poses a direct threat to our town and must be addressed.
To that end he’d like to like the town to make coastal replenishment the town’s first priority over schools, a new public safety complex or anything else.
Our town’s lifeblood is tourism, and our future is economic development centered on that. When the historic district is flooded that will cease to be the case. Bill notes that the Jarvisville Historic District is threatened by sea level rise and salt water permeation. He requests that TSB support this initiative to re-write the LCP.
After a discussion TSB voted to do just that. Irene will draft a letter.
Bill mentioned that there might need to be a special town meeting to raise funds to hire someone to update the plan.
Irene asked, “What do we do in the short term?”
Bill responded, be ready to act when there’s a serious problem. Priorities always change. Action items in the new plan would be hiring a coastal zone manager and following the town’s Beach Management Plan. The town’s Conservation Commission should be involved in protecting the marsh and the dunes. At this time that’s not a priority.
7, Laura suggests that this would all take time and that we need a short term solution before it’s too late. She made a motion that a meeting with the town and P.A. Landers and TSB officers should be held as soon as possible.
    This motion was passed.
8, It was noted that dredging of the east end of the canal will happen next fall and that Sandwich will get the sand.
9, The Army Corp’s section 204 study should suggest that it is better to make repairs to the dunes rather than to pay for remediation later. The 211 study, yet to be completed, would say that indeed, they are responsible. Thereby opening the door for federal monies for mitigation.
Meeting adjourned 8:10 PM
Next Meeting: Set for 11/10/14
Continuing Action Items:

● Plan for upcoming Craft Fair

● Check on t-shirts both inventory and colors. 

● Work to get the beaches survey onto the town’s website.

● Send letters out to the town. 

● Irene to interview more people on Sandwich TV. 

● See if we can participate in Gustavius Howland Day. 

● Identify a lawyer to represent us. 

● Find out more about filing a class action suit  


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