State Representative Sarah Peake who was elected in 2007 and is in her 7th term addressed over 35 at the Harwich Democratic Town Committee Saturday January 5, 2019 at the Harwich Community Center.
Peake talked about her achievements in 2018 and future goals. She was excited to have brought forth and successfully passed the new Air BNB tax which will bring back millions of dollars to the Cape. She encouraged folks to attend their local Town meetings and or Selectmen meetings to have input on what to do with the extra funds that’s where the decisions will be made on how to utilize them. Should they go into the general fund, earmark a portion of the funds for affordable housing, public safety or reinvest in the promotion of the area? Questions from attendees on what to do were asked of Peake. She encouraged them to go on to the DOR web sites FAQ page for specific details that were just put up yesterday.
Senator Julian Cyr coordinated efforts with Peake and the entire Cape delegation to pass the 50 mile radius bill to ensure safety while decommissioning the Pilgrim Nuclear Power plant.
Peake indicated she will be refilling the 4th Amendment Electronic Privacy Bill that would not allow checking your electronic devices without a warrant. She indicated the ACLU supports this bill.
She along with Brad Jones are working on the preserve and increase of carbon sequestration by allowing local communities to increase density bonuses in areas that will leave large swath of lands as open space. Local communities would have the opportunity to opt in.
Working on the opioid crisis and mental health needs Peake is exploring ways to reuse skilled nursing beds that have been vacated.
Adding Art into the STEM educational system was achieved with the help from Kay Khan and David Viera. They are hoping to create a Poet Laureate in the State as well.
Peake will be refilling the clean waters act along with Rep.Tim Whelan for Dennis, Yarmouth and Harwich an inter-municipal agreement for waste water management.
She filed the Home Rule Charter bill New Year’s Eve day for additional liquor licenses to be allowed in Harwich.
She filed the Senior tax exemption bill so that town assessors can give additional relief. It’s on the Governor’s desk, not signed yet but Peake anticipated it will be signed.
Peake has been appointed to the States RTA Commission. Their funding has been reduced unless and until they can produce best practices list. Tom Cahir head of the Regional Transit Authority on the Cape has been able to find additional ways to count passenger use by adding in the Ferry services. This could bring an additional 3-5 million to the region.
Boasting a 9 year tenure as liaison to the Marine Fisheries which works on state waters she was also added to the Shellfish and Aquaculture commission.
She announced the ground breaking for the new Cape Cod Technical High School will be Friday. She and Cyr worked on increasing the state’s share of the project.
Attendees expressed their appreciation of her work and support of Harwich and Cape Cod.
The Harwich Democratic town committee typically meet the first Saturday of each month at the Harwich Community Center. All are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Ray Gottwald at [email protected] or check out their Face Book Page at Harwich Democratic Town Committee.