Summer worker shortage looms; Sewer payback time;

Uncle Tim's Bridge in wnter
This Edgar Fawcett quote fits Wellfleet's Uncle Tim's Bridge on this gloomy January day: "January is here, with eyes that keenly glow, a frost-mailed warrior striding a shadowy steed of snow." To see the same scene in summer, scroll to the bottom.

bannerlogo_01Outer Cape Headlines, January 23, 2007

Payback time
PROVINCETOWN — The sewer operating fund has been overcharged $158,268 because connection fees for municipal buildings that the town general fund should have paid were charged instead to the sewer fund. For more on this story.  That overpayment contributed to a shortfall in projected revenues in the sewer operating fund that has helped push water and sewer rates for the 719 property owners who have connected or agreed to the municipal sewer system to the highest in the state.
Summer worker shortage looms for local businesses

PROVINCETOWN — As the shock settles in of facing a summer with no returning foreign workers, local businesses have begun to assess their labor situation with dire predictions.  In addition, a meeting between town and tourism officials was held last week to begin the process of developing an alternative workforce, which a recent survey of businesses indicated might total as many as 2,000 workers in Provincetown and Truro. A number of ideas were discussed but it was clear those options would take time to put into effect, while the summer tourism season is less than four months off.

Good faith plan: field & water tower can co-exist

WELLFLEET — Laura Wanko nearly saw her dream of a new sports field across from the elementary school laid to waste by a proposed water tower.  Driven by support at Town Meeting, stages 3, 4 and 5 in the master plan to expand the town’s municipal water system are currently moving forward under the consultation of Environmental Partners Group. Stage 3 calls for the construction of a 130-foot water tower.

Advocate Archives
This week’s trip back into the Advocate Archives takes us to 1937 when a judge’s car was run off the road in a rainstorm; to 1946 when money was raised for a new ambulance; and to 1962 when a slew of people were involved in repairing and refloating a fishing boat that caught fire and ran aground.

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