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Selectmen on monday said they support the nomination of the west harwich schoolhouse 1871 for the massachusetts most endangered historic resources program. Us military academy west point map the board authorized the chairman to write a letter of support to the efforts of a neighborhood group to attain the designation.

“what’s the point of going out (for an RFP) if there is no response?” selectman don howell asked. Instead, howell pushed for the town to look for a group that would form a license agreement with the town, similar to the one done for the restoration of the south harwich meetinghouse.

The dennis harwich and yarmouth clean waters community partnership will have a workshop thursday, oct. 25, with the mansfield, foxboro norton regional wastewater district, the first such district formed several years ago. The groups will discuss lessons learned from the creation of the MFN district.

The select boards and other committees from the cape towns will also participate. The workshop from 6 to 8 p.M. Will be open to the public at the dennis council on aging and senior center, 1045 route 134, south dennis. West point academy apparel representatives from the three mid-cape towns have been meeting for a year and a half to create the partnership, which aims to create a shared sewer system with the treatment plant based in dennis.

Selectmen approved a green communities energy reduction plan for the town to be submitted to the state green communities division. Assistant town administrator evan mellilo, who has been working on the plan with other town officials and margaret song of cape light compact, said the goal of the five-year plan is to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent.

The cultural center will be the focus of the first efforts. The town has already engaged with the cape light compact and national grid to look for opportunities to improve the building and grants will be available for the work with the green communities designation.

Another 4 percent of savings will be achieved with energy efficient vehicles, mellilo said. The town already has been implementing various energy conservation measures led by facilities maintenance manager sean libby, who will have primary oversight of the plan’s implementation. Town planner charleen greenhalgh also provides support.

The town won’t learn about the plan’s acceptance until feb. 8 but if approved, an award of $140,000 to $150,000 could be made in may, melillo said. The total value of all projects listed in the plan is $1.6 million, but song said, “the idea is to have little to no cost to the town with use of grant funds.”

Selectman don howell said $15,000 had been set aside originally for what was supposed to be a pocket park, but he didn’t know where the money went. West point academy football clarke said he doesn’t now how much the project will cost but that the fire department and public works crews will do what they can in-house and he will come back to the board to finish the project. “I’ll work with the board to see how we will pay for it,” he said.

“it doesn’t exist,” selectman don howell said at the oct. 9 meeting, noting that there are no funds for the cemetery because it was determined last spring that the cemetery funds can only be used for maintenance of the cemeteries for humans. He said there was no follow-up to create a capital project.

Town administrator chris clark said the town could start collecting money for the cemetery through the general fund until a revolving fund is established, as it did with the cultural center. The property on queen anne road was transferred to the cemetery commission at town meeting but the funds were not available for construction.