Wareham Selectmen outline goals for the year

By Matthew Bernat | May 23, 2017

Increasing foot traffic in Wareham and Onset Villages, organizing town records and pushing for a commuter rail stop are some of the items on the Selectmen's agenda this year.

Soon after being elected as the board’s chair last month, Peter Teitelbaum asked all Selectmen to develop goals they’d like to work toward. On Tuesday, members shared some of their answers.

Selectman Alan Slavin noted that he’d continue to make transportation issues in general, and finding a site for a bus stop on Merchants Way in particular, his pet project.

Additionally, he’ll work closely with Planning Department officials on developing a new master plan for Wareham. The document outlines recreation, commercial and residential goals over a 10-year period.

Selectman Anthony Scarsciotti said he would make increasing foot traffic in Onset Village and downtown Wareham a priority. Scarsciotti said he’s already had conversations with some business owners in those areas.

For Selectman Patrick Tropeano, bringing equity to the town’s sewer rates is a goal.

“I’ll make that happen this year if it kills me,” said Tropeano. “And it may kill me.”

Selectman Judith Whiteside said she’ll be organizing town records for easier access.

As for Teitelbaum’s goals? He declined to name any, instead telling his fellow board members, “you guys are my project.”

Comments (5)
Posted by: Uptohere | May 24, 2017 11:23

A bus stop on Merchants Way?  I find I travel merchants a lot due to big truck deliveries on Main St. Causing traffic backups and at times bumper to bumper traffic due to high volume. Merchants seems to be full already.

Posted by: sadie | May 25, 2017 05:52

how about focusing on all the derelict buildings in town. I know awhile back there was a hit list in town but nothing more was said or one about these buildings. Maybe the selectmen could introduce articles at town meeting that would set up regulations for abandoned buildings. Maybe the parties that are involved inspectional services board of health etc could meet with the selectmen once a month to get an update on these buildings. I also don't have a problem if we shame  the owners with a picture of the home with the name of the owner or a picture of the owner so everyone in town knows who owns the slum buildings in town


Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 25, 2017 13:58

Foot traffic is dangerous in Onset if you are in a relay race!


Sadie, I'm with you on the derelict buildings.  The hit list you speak of was called the "Dirty Dozen".  It was a town meeting item and was spearheaded by a nice gentleman from Walpole.  What he proposed worked in Walpole but unfortunately got the big thumbs down in Wareham.  I recall the selectman at the time (none of the current) had a million excuses and a couple valid reasons why it wouldn't work.  It came down to demographics, rights, privacy, and all sorts of that lingo.  Meaning that they can't force poor Wareham people to pay a fine or fix their house because they're poor...can't squeeze water from a rock. Public shaming (wearing the Dunce cap) is unfortunately frowned upon nowadays.  I like the idea, but they can't publish mugshots of owners next to the houses.  So far, they only have permission to do that with sex offenders.   Many of the abandoned buildings and houses are tied up in probate.  That is very common with the smaller cottages.  Mom & Dad are gone and the children are grieving & trying to get the estate squared away.  How hard can the town be on them?  Many of the larger commercial buildings are tied up in bankruptcy/foreclosure. Most all have back tax issues and liens.  Its complicated.


They do need a plan.  A systematic plan to reduce and eventually eliminate the derelict buildings.  But that won't happen overnight.


Taking care of these buildings is an image thing.  I'm all about the image of this town.  Passing through Wareham one sees some serious haunted houses.  If they were near the motels we could film our very own Bates Motel mini-series.  We have the crime and drugs to go along with it.  The cast could be locals acting as themselves...



Posted by: sadie | May 26, 2017 07:42

I know the town treasurer is doing a  good job putting some of these places up for auction. At a selectmens' meeting he mentioned  that it takes sometimes up to a year to go to court and to get a clear title to the property. The clear title is important the town has had auctions in the past without bids because there was a concern about the title for the property.

I would like the selectmen to make it a priority. meeting once a month with inspectional services, health inspection. Introduce articles that would help clean up some of these properties.

I once lived in a place that if your poison ivy went into the yard next door or your lawn was more than 4" high the town would come in clean up the problem and then send the owner the bill. There was also a large fine for gutters hanging off a building.

People tell me they report to many unregistered cars in yards but nothing gets done about it I don't know if that is true or not just something people have told me.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 26, 2017 12:12

Yes, that's true.  The buildings taken due to nonpayment of taxes are where we have had some success.  One beautiful example is a classic cape with a large barn on the right of Cromesset Road just before the Terry Lanes.  The new owner recently bought it at town auction and did a wonderful job restoring it.  That isn't the case with many.  If the owner keeps up with the taxes, the house can sit for years even decades.  I can think of a few.


Having the town do work and then bill the owner creates a big complicated thing. They're trespassing to perform un-requested service and then billing for it. That just won't fly.  Remember that little horder  junk shack on Sandwich Road? There was a fire and unfortunately the poor man was hurt. There was forced cleaning, etc. What resulted was a big long legal mess.


Unregistered cars...we're all allowed to have one.  Preferably not in the front yard!  Anything more is a violation.  That's another tough one.  Many base wealth on how much crap they have.  A big heap of cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, jet-skis, campers, etc surrounded by tires and spare parts is the pride and joy of many around here.  Believe me, this is a tough one.  The director of inspectional services has a never ending list.  When one is solved, two more are discovered.



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