Harwich Town Meeting Voters Approve Money for Habitat Project, Library Repairs

HARWICH –Harwich residents approved several Community Preservation Act projects at the second night of their spring town meeting Tuesday, including $300,000 for Brooks Library upgrades.

The money will be used for repairs to the exterior of the building.

Library Director Virginia Hewitt said they only had one bidder for the project, and luckily it was in line with what the town could afford to spend.

“This work has to be done. The chemical stripping of the building has to be done when the temperature is above 60 degrees consistently at night,” said Hewitt.

Other CPA projects that won approval included money for pedestrian warning lights on the bike trail at Pleasant Lake Avenue and the preservation of historic gravestones.

Town meeting voters also approved $300,000 in funding to help build three Habitat for Humanity homes on Main St. in West Harwich.

Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod Executive Director Vikki Goldsmith said the money will assist them with the installation of utilities and roads for the complex.

“So we are not only building the home, but we are putting in a short road and utilities, and that’s a little bit past what private funding can do in terms of creating affordable homes,” said Goldsmith.

In other action, Harwich residents approved three new liquor licenses and a personal property exemption available for active members of the Massachusetts National Guard.

They also banned retail marijuana shops from opening in town.

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