Yarmouth Select Board Approves Expansion of Captain Parker’s Pub

The recent Yarmouth Select Board meeting was marked by unanimous approval for Captain Parker’s Pub’s premises alteration, planning discussions on short-term rentals, and a detailed presentation on the school budget. The board’s decision to allow Captain Parker’s Pub to increase its seating capacity reflects a significant local business development, catering to a public need for more dining space.

Captain Parker’s Pub, a well-known local establishment located on Route 28 in West Yarmouth, sought to enclose a portion of its premises for year-round seating and increase its total seating capacity from 129 to 170 seats. The alterations will convert the patio and raw bar area into a space usable throughout the year. Attorney David Reid, representing Jerry Manning of Parker’s Pub Inc., presented the request to the board, emphasizing the investment in the restaurant and the community’s need for expanded seating options. The Select Board supported the application, recognizing the positive implications for the local economy and the added convenience for residents and visitors.

In addition to business development, the board tackled the issue of short-term rentals. A zoning amendment was proposed to extend the sunset clause for short-term rentals from November 13th, 2024, to November 30th, 2026. This extension is key to continuing the excise tax revenues generated by these rentals while allowing for further study of their impact on housing availability and pricing. No opposition was voiced during the public hearing, which also delved into the importance of data collection, inspection, and enforcement to address concerns like overcrowding and traffic issues related to short-term rentals.

The meeting also featured a discussion on the school budget for the upcoming fiscal year, highlighting a 4.38% increase from the previous year. The budget presentation dealt with the steady enrollment in Yarmouth schools, detailed funding from state aid, local contributions, and a focus on capital requirements for school improvements. The Select Board received the budget management and program success positively, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a level educational service budget and identifying efficiencies amidst financial pressures like inflation and lower-than-expected state aid.

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Moreover, the town’s own budget considerations were addressed, including the post-pandemic rebound in demand for services and the challenge of managing budgets with limited resources. A $2.7 million budget increase was proposed, with significant portions allocated to expanding the fire department to manage the rise in ambulance calls and addressing employee recruitment and retention through a comprehensive compensation and classification review. New positions, such as an assistant wastewater superintendent, an HR benefits coordinator, and a new entry-level laborer for the Department of Public Works, were discussed, alongside the need to manage rising electricity rates and the impact on employee turnover.

The Select Board also heard from Judy Connor Tarver, chair of the capital budget committee, who provided insights into the committee’s rigorous project assessment process and the development of a 5-year Capital Improvement Plan and a 10-year facility plan. Tarver pointed out the unpredictability of grants and market fluctuations.

The meeting included various other discussions, such as the maintenance of town records, environmental concerns regarding the pond opposite Smuggler Beach, and updates on the Run Pond project by the friends of Bass River. The transition towards electric vehicles in the police department was addressed, and updates from the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School were presented.

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Town Administrator:
Robert L. Whritenour
City Council Officials:
Michael Stone, Daniel Horgan, Mark Forest, Dorcas McGurrin, Peter Q. Smith

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