the Brewster Housing Partnership welcomes participation in a housing needs survey to inform updating the city’s housing production plan. The plan, last updated five years ago, is expected to be ready by June. It will guide policy decisions over the next five years by identifying housing needs and issues in Brewster and recommending ways to address them, according to city information.
The survey is available online until March 31: www.tinyurl.com/BrewsterHPP.
Hard copies are available at City Hall, the Council on Aging or the Brewster Ladies Library. For questions about the Housing Production Plan, contact either Jill Scalise, Housing Director, at 508-896-3701, ext. 1169 or Donna Kalinick, Deputy City Administrator, at 508-896-3701, ext. 1130.
Name the range
Brewster is seeking suggestions for a name for the new city beach that will open on the recently acquired Cape Cod Sea Camp property. Submissions can be made from April 1 and the select committee will make a decision in May. Details on how to submit a name will be announced later.
Continued:A new bayside beach for Brewster
The number of COVID-19 cases in Brewster on a weekly basis has fallen below 10. A total of 1,267 residents have contracted the virus.
Due to lower numbers, there will be changes in city policies. Municipal offices opened on March 22 and will be open Monday through Thursday. The Brewster Ladies Library will reopen its meeting rooms in April. The city will allow committees to meet virtually, in person or in a hybrid format starting in April. It is expected that most meetings will be held in person by June.
Grinding wheel housing
The Brewster Housing Trust has issued requests for proposals to develop 90 affordable housing rooms on 16.5 acres of town land off Millstone Road adjacent to Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club. Members received an acceptable proposal from Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and the Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC). The Trust is due to appear before the Select Board later this month to seek approval.
The city also hopes to have the Housing Needs Report, which is prepared by Housing Director Jill Scalise, to update the situation in the city for the next five years, completed by June.
Brewster has agreed to a new three-year contract with fire chief Robert Moran. He will get a salary increase of 2% as well as a cost of living adjustment of 2.75%.
“I’ve been very lucky for the past 12 years,” Moran said after receiving praise from the Select Board.
The Select Board reviewed the rules for the Brewster dog park being built behind the police station. Questions have been raised as to whether children 6 years of age or younger will be allowed inside the park with off-leash dogs. After a week to consider the matter, the Select Board voted 4 to 1 (with Ned Chatelain opposed) on March 21 to pass rules prohibiting children in this age range from entering the park. The tentative opening date for the park is May 21.
Volunteers are needed for the annual Beautify Brewster & Earth Day event. The litter cleanup event around the city’s roads and beaches takes place on April 23, with a rain date of April 24. Last year’s cleanup involved 116 volunteers covering 27 miles.
The Brewster Sportsman Club and Civic Center’s annual game dinner kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on March 28, with hors d’oeuvres including clam chowder, smoked venison sausage, calamari, smoked turkey, smelt, smoked fish dip and clam fritters.
The 7 p.m. dinner will include venison skewers and meatloaf, clam pie, rice pilaf, green beans and apple crisp.
There will be several raffles, including for a Remington 700 .308 Bolt Action with a composite gun.
The dinner will be held at the Brewster Sportsman Club, 280 Tubman Road. For tickets ($30 donation): contact Lisa at 774-353-0262.
Brewster Bookstore Anniversary
The Brewster Book Store will mark 40 years of ‘pairing readers with books’ in April and will host a community celebration on April 2.
At 10 a.m. there will be a children’s party until noon to signify the store’s origins as a children’s bookstore. There will be a magician, crafts led by the author, story time and more
Happy hour (with drinks, appetizers and more) will take place from 3-5 p.m. with Cape Town authors Sally Gunning and Robert Finch, and poet Chuck Madansky, there to sign their work.
From 6-8 p.m. on March 31, the bookstore is also launching a monthly author series, “Books and Buzz,” co-hosted with and held at Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters, 2624 Main St. On the last Thursday of each month, they present one or more authors who will give a lecture/reading and will sign their book.
Leading: award-winning author and journalist Nancy Rubin Stuart, who will discuss and sign her latest book, “Poor Richard’s Women.”
the Community Preservation Committee is seeking to change its allocation formula, which guides how it distributes funds. Under the current formula, 50% of funds are used for open space, 10% for historic preservation, 10% for housing, 25% is discretionary and 5% for administration.
After a recent poll, the committee would like to change this to 30% housing, 30% open space, 10% historic preservation, 10% outdoor recreation and 15% discretionary, with 5% for the administration.
The committee is funded by an estate sales tax and has currently allocated $2.8 million in funding for open space, $1.4 million for housing, $1.4 million for recreation, and 1. $9 million for historic preservation through 2027.
The municipal assembly will be asked to approve the proposed changes in May.