Bourne news briefs …

Chiefs coming and going

Bourne Fire Chief Martin Greene is set to officially retire Feb. 27 and start teaching fire science courses at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable.

Town Administrator Thomas Guerino was set Tuesday night (Feb. 17) to name the next chief. The appointment is subject to review by selectmen.

Halting cliff erosion

The conservation commission meets Thursday night (Feb. 19) in Town Hall at 7 to review an amended plan to halt cliff erosion in the Sagamore Highlands where some homes overlooking Cape Cod Bay are on the brink of falling to the beach below.

Any commission approval of the plan submitted by Pinnacle Site Contractors LLC would also need review by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and approval by the state legislature.

The erosion project is not a town plan, but it involves municipal property at the base of the cliff near the Cedarville line.

The wetlands protection panel will also again review Massachusetts Maritime Academy plans to construct a 900-foot pier at the tip of Taylors Point.

Plastic bags discussion

The recycling committee meets Feb. 24 at 3 pm in landfill division offices off MacArthur Boulevard northbound to discuss disposal of plastic bags with Selectman Steve Mealy.

The recycling panel will also consider recycling bins for use in planned single-steam recycling, which in the near future may replace the sorting of recyclables at curbside.

BPL issues postponed

Bourne Public Library trustees did not meet Feb. 10 due to snowfall and the scheduled Bourne Special Town Meeting. The session was rescheduled for Feb. 17. And selectmen cancelled the joint Feb. 11 meeting with BPL trustees to fill a trustee vacancy due to the need for more meeting time to discuss railroad issues.

More finance review

The Financial Project Working Group meets Wednesday night (Feb. 18) to continue its discussion into best-budgeting practices, financial modeling assumptions and recommendations for the annual fiscal 2016 operating budget headed for finance committee review.

The working group will again consider community outreach and ways to explain how it is trying to make annual budgets more presentable to townspeople who want to follow the flow of their tax dollars.

Need tax forms?

The number of tax preparation forms normally provided to the Bourne Public Library at Sandwich Road has been reduced due to spending cuts mandated by the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill passed by Congress.

As a result, the BPL will only receive the following forms: 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ. The library does offer a link to the IRS forms page from the BPL website where patrons may print out the forms they need. State tax forms will be available while they last.

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