Dennis Selectmen Hear Spending Recommendations

DENNIS – Dennis selectmen have received a request for just over $3.5 million from the town’s capital outlay committee. 

If approved, the beach improvement fund will cover requested items for all 19 local beaches. 

Bill Savicki, the committee’s chairman, said that although one previous DPW equipment request was not moved forward, there is still the need for another. 

“The recommendation to replace one of their three trucks was not recommended.  In lieu of that, we are talking about another compactor truck,” said Savicki. 

David Johansen, the town’s director of public works, also put forth the opinion that the purchase of such a truck will be a big help in keeping the beaches and parks free of trash.  It would cost $210,000. 

Arrests last summer at Mayflower Beach prompted the request for  a $15,000 motorized beach mule, which would allow for greater mobility. 

Other beach-related funding recommendations include $150,000 for facility upgrades, $90,000 for parking lot maintenance and a new bathhouse costing $250,000. 

There was also discussion regarding monies needed for work at Bass River Park, the river’s dredging, the Dennis Highlands clubhouse and a land purchase. 

“The total recommended items are $3,512,569.  That is 38 items,” said Savicki   

Other funding sources are being considered for some of the non-recommended items.               

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