Harwich to Decide How to Utilize Former Pet Cemetery Area

HARWICH – Harwich selectmen considered how to utilize the 2.25 acre parcel of land on Queen Anne Road that was formerly proposed to be the site of a pet cemetery last week.

Control of the land was returned to the board in June.

Possible moves include either leasing or selling the land, or leaving it alone. The town’s water department has expressed interest in using the land, according to Chairman Larry Ballantine.

Selectman Donald Howell, a liason to the Real Estate and Open Space Committee, wants to ensure the board is prepared with whatever plan of action they decide to take.

“If we want to sell it, then we need to roll into town meeting with an RFP already issued and real numbers already in front of town meeting,” Howell explained.

“I will never support going into the town meeting saying, ‘Just trust us.'”

One member of the community who is not in favor of the plot of land being sold is Leo Cakounes, due to the town’s future utilization of the area.

“It’s no secret that I’m absolutely opposed to the town selling these lots. I’ll certainly speak against selling them at town meeting if you people so desire to put them up for sale at town meeting,” Cakounes said.

The selectmen approved a motion to have the Real Estate and Open Space Committee review possible plans for the area. 

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