White Horse Beach bathhouse may be ready by July

More details emerged about the planned bathhouse on White Horse Beach at Thursday night’s Manomet Village Steering Committee meeting.

Town Planner Robin Carver is now acting as project manager, according to Randy Parker. Parker is assisting the Community Preservation Committee in assessing the site.

Local architect Bill Fornaciari has agreed to put together a request for proposal for local architects interested in designing the building, CPC Chairman Bill Keohan said. The CPC had earlier decided to use an original design for the building, rather than purchase a prefabricated design. Frank Collins, Keohan said, has provided some historic photos to give potential architects a sense of what the committee is looking for.

Keohan said he hoped to have a design selected by March and all permitting done by April. The goal, he said, is to have to project finished by July.

Parker said he examined the site to determine how best to dispose of sewage The Conservation Commission has expressed interest in the use of a composting system, Carver said. However, she and Parker both agree that would be impractical for a facility that’s only used for part of the year. Parker instead recommend the town use a system made by Jet Wastewater Treatment. He said the system would cost $6,000 plus an annual maintenance fee.

Keohan said the estimated cost for building the bathhouse would be between $110,000 and $115,000. A total of $150,000 was set aside by Town Meeting for the project.  The rest of the money is for the septic system and demolition of the building presently on site. Asbestos was found in the building and much of the demolition cost is for mitigating any hazardous materials in it.

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