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WICKED LOCAL: Plymouth Planning Board says no to Long Pond Road cell tower

Plans for a 180-foot-tall monopole cell tower off Long Pond Road didn’t gain much traction last week from Planning Board members who said it isn’t needed and is just too tall. Now it’s up to the Zoning Board of Appeals to decide if the project moves forward. Read more at Wicked Local.   Continue Reading →

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On the Agenda for the week of February 12, 2017

On the Agenda features items on town committee and board meetings of interest to the Manomet, Pinehills and South Plymouth neighborhoods. Tuesday, February 14
Board of Selectmen, 6:15 p.m. at Town Hall

8:10 p.m. STM Article 4 – Taylor Avenue (Jonathan Beder): To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or borrow a sum of money for the construction and/or repair and/or purchase and/or lease of buildings and/or replacement of departmental buildings, ad/or equipment, and/or capital facilities for various departments of the Town and/or for feasibility and other types of studies or professional consulting services as follows: (Taylor Avenue) or take any other action relative thereto. 9:15 p.m. Licenses and Administrative Notes :Wildlands Trust Inc., 675 Long Pond Road, Alison Arnold is requesting a One Day Wine and Malt License for a National Beer Day Celebration being held on March 1, 2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Wildlands Trust Community Conservation Hall. Conservation Commission, 7 p.m. at Town Hall

7:10 PM Article 19 presented by Betsy Hall, Open Space Committee & Richard Vacca, Conservation Planner: To see if the Town will vote to transfer the care, custody, management and control of the property shown below, from the Town Treasurer for tax title purposes to the Conservation Commission for conservation purposes pursuant to G.L. c. 40, section 8C; and further to authorize the Conservation Commission to execute any and all instruments as may be necessary to effectuate the vote taken hereunder, or take any other action relative thereto. Includes Priscilla Beach Road, (0.207 Acres) and Gunners Exchange Road (9.159 Acres). Continue Reading →

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Selectmen back bid to bring power lines into Plymouth

Efforts to make Plymouth the last stop for a major hydroelectric cable got a boost from the Board of Selectmen, Tuesday. The board voted its support for a Special Town Meeting article that would transfer a parcel of land near the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, which was taken by the town due to a tax issue, from the Town Treasurer to the Board of Selectmen. The board would then transfer the land to the Plymouth Economic Development Foundation. (more…) Continue Reading →

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On the Agenda for the week of February 5, 2017

  On the Agenda features items on town committee and board meetings of interest to the Manomet, Pinehills and South Plymouth neighborhoods. Tuesday, February 7
Board of Selectmen,  6 p.m. at Town Hall

8:15 p.m. Special Town Meeting Articles: STM Article 14 – Triangular Parcel, To see if the Town will vote to transfer the care, custody, management and control of Lot 4 on Assessor’s Map 44 from the Town Treasurer for tax title purposes to the Board of Selectmen to sell or lease or transfer for a sum and upon conditions to be determined by the Board of Selectmen and pursuant to the requirements of G.L. c.30B or take any other action relative thereto. 8:25 p.m.  Spring Town Meeting Articles: Article 16B – CPC Simes House To see if the Town will vote to revise the funding sources and thereby amend the vote taken under Article 16A of the 2015 Spring Town Meeting for the historical preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation for the Simes House, as previously amended, by reducing the amount to be borrowed by a sum of money and transferring a sum of money from Fiscal Year 2018 Community Preservation Act estimated annual revenues or other available funds for such purposes, or take any other action relative thereto; Article 21 – White Horse Beach Parking Fines To see if the Town will vote to amend the General By-Laws by establishing a White Horse Beach Parking District, with fines up to $50 per violation, or take any other action relative thereto. 9:00 p.m.        Licenses and Administrative Notes Café Roo, 12 Village Green South, Michael Clinton is requesting a One Day Wine and Malt License for Specialty Dinners held from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on the following Dates: February 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, and 28th, 2017. Conservation Commission, 7 p.m. at Town Hall

7:10 PM   Shea Revocable Trust, John and Dolores Shea, 20 Homer Avenue, Parcel ID 045B-000-002-015. Continue Reading →

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On the Agenda for the week of January 29, 2017

On the Agenda features items on town committee and board meetings of interest to the Manomet, Pinehills and South Plymouth neighborhoods. Monday, January 30
Planning Board, 7 p.m. at Town Hall

7:05 pm Zoning Board of Appeals Review ZBA 3858 – Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless 1197 State Road, Map 72, Lot 1 Appeal of the zoning denial issued by the Department of Inspectional services
7:10 pm Zoning Board of Appeals Review ZBA 3854 – Industrial Tower & Wireless LLC
620 Long Pond Road, Map 68, Lot 1B-1 Special Permits subject to EDC in order to erect a 180’ telecommunications tower

Tuesday, January 31
Conservation Commission, 7 p.m. at Town Hall

7:10 PM Article 19,  presented by Betsy Hall, Open Space Committee, To see if the Town will vote to transfer the care, custody, management and control of the property shown below, from the Town Treasurer for tax title purposes to the Conservation Commission for conservation purposes pursuant to G.L. c. 40, section 8C; and further to authorize the Conservation Commission to execute any and all instruments as may be necessary to effectuate the vote taken hereunder, or take any other action relative thereto. Parcels include 0.207 acres on Priscilla Beach Road and 9.159 Acres on Gunners Exchange Road. Board of Selectmen, 4 p.m. at Town Hall

(Note: Selectmen will recess between 6 and 7:30 p.m.)

7:30 p.m. Public Hearing – Acceptance of Roads (Article 15), including Fairview Lane
and Edgewood Circle

Wednesday, February 1
Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall

7:45 P.M. Case #3854 – Industrial Communications – 620 Long Pond Road
Special Permit per Section 205-40, Paragraph D5 subject to EDC; and, a Special Permit per Section 205-17, Paragraph I in order to erect a 180’ telecommunications tower
(NOTE: The Petitioner is requesting a continuance to February 15, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m.)
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Parking fee hike proposed for White Horse Beach

It’s an idea that’s been kicked around as a potential tool in the battle against illegal parking at White Horse Beach and now it may become a reality. Town officials will propose at this spring’s Town Meeting to create a special parking district at White Horse Beach, Assistant Town Manager Derek Brindisi told residents at a meeting Wednesday night at the Plymouth Public Library. Fine in the new parking district would be up to $50, the maximum allowed by state law, he said.  The typical parking fine in Plymouth is $15, which has proven to be little deterrent to visitors looking to spend a day at the beach. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Entergy report to NRC focuses on equipment failures

An incident report submitted by the owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station and posted on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website Wednesday is still being reviewed by the federal agency and will play into the plant’s performance evaluation for the final quarter of 2016. Read more at The Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Selectmen think additional PSHS ballfield can wait

Selectmen voted to hold off on putting more money into the new Plymouth South High School. School department officials came before the Board of Selectmen Tuesday night, asking that more money be borrowed for the project in order to build an artificial turf field, along with lighting and drainage. The field would be used by the soccer, baseball and softball teams.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission to present preliminary findings of Pilgrim Station inspection

Nuclear Regulatory Commission senior staff will meet with the public on Tuesday, January 31 in Plymouth to discuss the preliminary findings of a team inspection recently completed at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. 
 The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor, located at 180 Water Street. Attendees will have an opportunity to offer comments and pose questions to NRC staff prior to the meeting’s conclusion. (more…) Continue Reading →

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On the Agenda for the week of January 22, 2017

  On the Agenda features items on town committee and board meetings of interest to the Manomet, Pinehills and South Plymouth neighborhoods. Tuesday, January 24
Board of Selectmen, 7 p.m. at Town Hall

7:10 p.m. Plymouth South High School Building Project: The School Department will present a request to increase the borrowing authority for the Plymouth South High School Building Project. 7:15 p.m. Bond Authorization for PNHS, Senior Center & PSHS Building Projects:
The Board will consider the reallocation of the remaining funds from the Plymouth North High School and Senior Center Building Projects to the Plymouth South High School Building Project. 7:25 p.m. Committee Interviews: Affordable Housing Trust: William Tocco, 45 Thoreau Road, Mike Sinclair, 10 Fountain Grass Waye, Kathleen Dunn, 85 Warren Avenue, Tiffany Potter; Energy Committee: Ronald Dobrowski, 36 Massasoit Avenue, Benjamin Swan, 12 Mayflower Drive; Natural Resources Committee, Ronald Dobrowski, 36 Massasoit Avenue
7:35 p.m. 2018 Spring Annual Town Meeting Article Presentations
Article 13 – Entergy Pilot: To see if the Town will vote to approve a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement between the Town of Plymouth and Entergy Nuclear Generation Company for the property known as the Pilgrim Nuclear Generation Station, as on file with the Town Clerk, or take any other action relative thereto. 8:15 p.m. Licenses and Administrative Notes: Vehicle for Hire Operator License (New) W. Wrestling Brewster of 39 Forge Drive requests a Vehicle for Hire Operator License to operate for Special Occasion Limousine. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TODAY: Elected officials call for public meeting on Pilgrim Nuke safety

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Congressman William Keating (MA-09), Governor Charlie Baker, the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation, and numerous Massachusetts state legislators are calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to immediately hold a public meeting to address concerns about the safety of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. Read more at Cape Cod Today. Continue Reading →

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On the Agenda for the week of December 25, 2016

On the Agenda features items on town committee and board meetings of interest to the Manomet, Pinehills and South Plymouth neighborhoods. Tuesday, December 27
Board of Selectmen, 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall

5:45 p.m. Licenses and Administrative Notes:  7 – Eleven, 507 State Road and 324 Court Street, The Massachusetts State Lottery Commission will approve a Keno License for the above establishments. If the Board of Selectmen objects, it must claim its Right to a Hearing before the MSLC within 21 days of receipt of this notice; Aroma Hospitality LLC, 739 State Road, is requesting a Change of Manager from Jacie Fitzpatrick to Thanh Shorthall. Continue Reading →

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WICKED LOCAL: Local legislators frustrated by federal response on Pilgrim nuclear plant

Amid a week-long shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, legislators from Plymouth say their greatest frustration is not with the plant’s latest closure but in trying to get the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to be more forthcoming about the aging nuclear plant and problems identified by their own inspectors.  Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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WICKED LOCAL: NRC declines invitation to come to Plymouth and explain the ‘inadvertent’ release of Pilgrim Station memo

They got their apology, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) declined the selectmen’s invitation to come to Tuesday night’s meeting and explain both the miscue that resulted in an internal document being released to the public and the suggestion – inferred from that document – that Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was not being operated in a safe manner. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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Selectmen want answers about Pilgrim Nuclear safety concerns after memo is leaked

The Board of Selectmen don’t just want to hear from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, they demand it. Selectmen were prompted to meet in an emergency session after a memo was leaked by an NRC official that described staff at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station as being “overwhelmed by just trying to run the station.” The memo came to the board’s attention via an article in the Cape Cod Times. The memo was written to update NRC officials about the inspection currently taking place at the power plant. (more…) Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: NRC email: Pilgrim plant ‘overwhelmed’

In an in-house email sent Monday to Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials, the leader of a federal inspection team currently scouring equipment, procedures and staff performance at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station says inspectors are struggling to interpret just what they are seeing at the troubled plant. Read more at The Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Too many new homes on historic road for Planning Board

Plans for a small housing development on a historically significant parcel of land in Manomet met opposition from neighbors and skepticism from the Planning Board. Nancy Nolan, who owns 20 Brook Road, located near the northern end of the street, is proposing to build five single family homes, or two single family homes and two duplexes, on the 2.8 acre property. The property was once owned by Robert Bartlett, who came to Plymouth in 1623, according to Jan Rushforth, who once owned it along with her husband, the late Dr. David Rushforth. Nolan’s representatives brought the project before the Planning Board Monday night. (more…) Continue Reading →

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On the Agenda for the week of December 4, 2016

On the Agenda features items on town committee and board meetings of interest to the Manomet, Pinehills and South Plymouth neighborhoods. Wednesday, December 6
Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall

7:45 P.M.        Case #3851 – William & Marie Smyth – 6 Cobb’s Hollo Special Permit per Section 205-42 and Table 5 to waive the side and front setbacks in order to construct a 10’ extension to an existing 2-car garage
8:15 P.M.        Case #3849 – Dominic Abbatangelo & Roberta Fabrizio – 83A Taylor Ave Special Permit per Section 205-43 and Table 5 to waive the side & rear setbacks; a Special Permit per Section 205-25, Paragraph A3 to enlarge a non-conforming structure in order to construct a 12’ x 20’ deck

Thursday, December 8
Natural Resources and Coastal Beaches Committee, 6:15 p.m. at Town Hall

Update on White Horse Beach Bath House and White Horse Beach Management Plan

Building Committee, 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall

6:35 P.M. Plymouth South High School
6:50 P.M. Simes House
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Federal officials arrive at Pilgrim Station to begin latest inspection

 

A team of 20 Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors descended on Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Monday morning to see if the plant has managed to correct problems that resulted in being classified as one of the worst performing nuclear power plants in the country. During a conference call with the press, officials from the NRC outlined the process they will go through to see if Pilgrim Station has fixed, or has plans to fix, the issues that have plagued it in recent years. (more…) Continue Reading →

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On the Agenda for the week of November 20, 2016

On the Agenda features items on town committee and board meetings of interest to the Manomet, Pinehills and South Plymouth neighborhoods. Monday, November 21
Plymouth School Committee, 6:30 p.m. at Plymouth South Middle School

7:38 p.m: School Council Plan Presentation: Plymouth South Middle School

Planning Board, 7 p.m. at Town Hall

Plans, Covenants, and Releases: ZBA 3849 – Abbatangelo and Fabrizio
83A Taylor Ave, Map 45C, Lot 101, Special Permits to waive the side and rear setback requirements and to enlarge a non-conforming structure in order to construct a 12’x20’ deck
7:15 pm: Public Hearing: B607 – 68 Jordan Road RDD, Mark and Tammy Cedrone, Map 81, Lot 12-3 Divide to create two single family lots (one with existing dwelling) and open space
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CAPE COD TIMES: NRC cites Pilgrim for four violations

Less than two weeks from today, 20 inspectors from around the country will descend on Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to conduct a sweeping inspection of all its systems.

If a quarterly report released Monday on recent performance is an indication, Entergy, Pilgrim’s owner-operator, may be in for a rough ride. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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