Manomet Village Steering Committee notes: Vacha takes over as chairman (for now)

John Vacha took over as acting chairman of the Manomet Village Steering Committee, following the resignations from the committee by both Chairman Linda Evans and Vice-Chairman James Hoagland.

While he was willing to oversee the committee for a short period of time, Vacha said work commitments made it impossible for him to take over permanently.

Richard McGuiness was appointed vice-chairman and Alice Baker replaced Vacha as secretary.

There are now two vacancies on the committee, which added Harry Helms and John Fay as new members this summer. Vacha said he hoped people with some municipal government experience could be found to serve.

Bath House News

Bill Keohan gave the committee an update on the White Horse Beach Bath House project at Thursday’s meeting.

Among the highlights:

  • Town Planner Robin Carver and Recreation Director Barry DeBlasio are working on guidelines for how they want the building to look. To that end, Frank Collins has some historic photos to include in the proposal.
  • A perk test, which will decide what sort of septic system is installed, is planned for October 7. If the perk test fails, the building will have to be put where a house currently stands. The original plan calls for the new structure to be built further to the right.
  • A removable deck may be installed along the entrance path to make it easier to use.
Buechs’ Beach Rake

Planning Board Member Ken Buechs pitched his fall town meeting warrant article to buy a beach rake for the town. The rake, attached to a tractor, would pick up debris along town beaches.

Buechs said Plymouth Natural Resources Director David Gould and the Board of Selectmen were among those who supported the proposal. However, Natural Resources and Coastal Beaches Committee Member Paul Jacobs said that the State Office of Coastal Zone Management doesn’t approve of their use, citing the rake’s 6-inch tines. He said Public Works Director Jonathan Beder estimated it would cost $15,000 a summer to operate the machine and the manpower wasn’t currently available.

Buechs responded by noting the depth the tines go into the sand can be adjusted. He also said Beder told him he had employees who could be assigned to the task and was looking to hire a third person. “The town wants this on the beach,” Buechs said.

While Buechs said use of the rake would be limited to town-owned beaches, Chairman John Vacha asked that it be made available to privately owned ones like Priscilla  Beach. According to Buechs, liability may be a concern in such a case.

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