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MEETING: October 17, 2019, Wellfleet Senior Center, 5:00p.m.
PRESENT: Jeff Tash, John Morrissey, Dick Elkin, Curt Felix, Mary, Tom Cole, Sheila Lyons



PO Box 611. 

Transferred bank statements to John’s PO Box

Esther will check the PO Box when she goes to the PO.

Bike Trail forum.   John updated on potential forum on Bike Trail.  Selectboard voted against sending a letter re Bike Trail.  Mass DOT will hold meeting with BoS in late October or November.  This meeting is only on the Rt 6 redesign.

Sheila showed a photo of the planned Rt 6 bike path.

We expect DOT to present and forum to advertise the event.  Not a forum. Rt 6 discussion is focused on Rt 6 intersection, sidewalks and bike path, but not on the Rail Trail.

Wastewater forum.  Town needs to show it has a place for a wastewater treatment plant as a fallback to oysters.  Current results are “failing” water quality data.  We need a standing level of oyster population (not harvested).  Also need traditional methods.

Ecosystem restoration seems to be necessary. Present new water quality data at a forum.  November forum planned.    “Wastewater, what alternatives do we have” as title.  Options are storm water, nitrous barriers.   Discuss landfill as potential site for wastewater treatment.

Will present analysis of alternatives. Will present water quality results and need for alternatives. 

Plan forum 18, 19 November

Dick Elkin,

Acting Secretary

MEETING: September 19, 2019, Wellfleet Senior Center, 5:00p.m.
PRESENT: T. Cole, E. Elkin, M. Fox, S. Lyons, J. Morrissey, J. Tash, C. Felix

MINUTES: The minutes of the August meeting were unanimously accepted.
TREASURER’S REPORT: We have about $550 in the Treasury. John Morrissey, the new Treasurer, will give us the correct numbers.

AUGUST ANNUAL MEETING: August 26, Preservation Hall, 6-8, Annual Potluck and Election of Officers. Congratulations to Sheila Lyons continuing as President, Jeff Tash as Vice-President and to our new Treasurer, John Morrissey. Thank you to Dick Guernsey for his many years as Treasurer. Special Guests: Wellfleet Shellfishermen’s Association with the Parkington Sisters as entertainment. Cost was $300. Kathleen Bacon, kitchen coordinator, was unable to attend at the last minute. Many Board members filled in, thereby saving $125. Everyone agreed the evening was a great success. Thank you to David Wright for organizing this event so effectively.


  • October: Parking Committee. Sheila will talk with Denny O’Connell.
  • November: Forum on the bicycle path. Ask Selectmen to come to Forum to explain the new master plan. John Morrissey will call Dan Hoort
  • December: Local nonprofits and community resources: AIM, Mass Appeal, swap shop, Wellfleet Pantry, Lower Cape Outreach Council, St.Vincent de Paul, Nauset Neighbors
  • Wastewater informational meeting.
  • Climate change: what’s happening in the ponds? Shark buoys.
  • Dredging

NEW BOARD MEMBERS: Jeff and Sheila will work on a letter to potential new board members.

ADOPT-A –HIGHWAY: We will not continue the program.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting broke at 6:10. The next meeting will be the third Thursday of October, 10/17 at 5 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Esther Elkin, Sec.

BOARD MEETING: 5:30, July 18th, Wellfleet Senior Center
PRESENT: E. and R. Elkin,J. Morrissey,D. Guernsey,Mary Fox, T. Cole., J. Tash,Sheila Lyons,D.Wright

NEW BOARD MEMBERS: The Board needs new members. Should we invite them before the August annual meeting, or at the meeting, Jeff Tash wondered. Most thought that  people would feel more inclined to join if they were asked beforehand. We will need a new Secretary, as David’s term on the Board is up.

AUGUST MEETING: 8/26/ Prez Hall, 6-8, Annual Potluck, Election of Officers. Special Guests: Wellfleet Shellfishermen’s Association…and possibly musical entertainment. David told what has transpired so far. John Morrissey wondered if we should have seltzer on hand, and offered to purchase. Sheila said she could bring plates and cutlery, and would find out from Kathleen Bacon, kitchen co-ordinator, if we need to bring ice.

Dick Guernsey, after some time heading up participation in this road litter pick-up program, is stepping down. He got a round of applause for his leadership. He asked for people to pick up the baton. The program is every third Tuesday of the (warm) month(s),meeting at 7:00 a.m.

WASTE WATER: This huge subject was mentioned as something that will need to be a Forum topic in the near future.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting broke at 6:30. The next meeting will be the Annual Potluck, 8/26. Please bring a covered dish.

Respectfully submitted,
David Wright , Sec.    (Happy to have served on such an engaged and intelligent Board. Thank you!)

MEETING: 4/11/19, Wellfleet Senior Center 5:00p.m.
PRESENT: Mary Fox,Esther Elkin, Dick Elkin,John Morrissey,Tom Cole, Jeff Tash,David Wright,Sheila Lyons (Pres.)

BUSINESS: Beginning at 5:17, the Board began to review upcoming programs. We discussed the upcoming Pre-Town Meeting,where we would also allow the sole candidate for Selectman, Michael De Vasto, to introduce himself.

Our next Forum presentation will be May 13th. Outer Cape Health will give an update on their building projects. Sheila Lyons thought that they could write their own press release. She, w/ the offered help of Mary Fox, could do the flyering.

JUNE: This month, we have planned to have the Wellfleet Recycling Commitee apprise us of what is happening to our local recycling program. Lydia Vivante will be our contact person. No date has been set yet.

JULY: This month, we hope to have a joint program w/ the Non-resident taxpayers association on coastal resiliency. How will climate change affect us, and what steps can be taken to plan for and mitigate those changes? Date to be set.

AUGUST: We will have our annual pot luck dinner meeting in Preservation Hall,combined with a fund-raising event for the Wellfleet Shellfishermen’s Association,their Oystermen’s Jubilee. The Parkington Sisters have offered to perform. We would rent the hall, as usual. There is talk of a raw bar. David can act as go- between,getting dates and information. A good time should be had by all.

ADJOURN: The meeting broke up at 6:00p.m. Our next meeting, if we are to follow the 2nd Thursday schedule, would be on Thursday, May 9th,5:00 p.m., in the Wellfleet Senior Center.

Respectfully submitted,
David Wright, Secretary

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