Topics: Town Meeting

Town Officials Seek To Clarify Marijuana Zoning Amendments

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town officials admitted Monday night the four annual town meeting articles related to the retail sale of recreational marijuana can be a bit confusing. They were clear, however, on their united support for banning pot sales in town. Both Police Chief David Guillemette and Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh pointed out it is legal for residents over 21 years of age to smoke marijuana at home and to grow...

ORLEANS — Town meeting in May will weigh in on a variety of initiatives to address the community's needs, not least among them a commitment to continued wastewater and water quality efforts to the tune of $4.2 million. Concerned about the lack of housing for all in Orleans? You can vote to fund an affordable housing trust. Worried that the town will otherwise take too long and incur greater costs to meet its...

Selectmen Endorse Senior Center Planning Funds

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Though they’re decidedly undecided about a location for a new senior center, selectmen this week endorsed a town meeting article that funds a feasibility study and the hiring of an owner’s project manager. The article asks town meeting to appropriate $100,000 to fund a site feasibility study, to pay an architect to produce a conceptual design and cost estimate for a new senior center, and to hire a...

Selectmen: Long Term Erosion Solution Needed

By: Tim Wood

Board Supports Beach Nourishment, Balloon Ban, Library Upgrade Town Meeting Articles CHATHAM – Fighting erosion along the town's Nantucket Sound shoreline is worth sinking $450,000 worth of sand into, but selectmen said Tuesday they'd like to find a more permanent solution to the problem. “This is going to be an ongoing cost to the town of hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Selectman Jeffrey Dykens. “W...

Would Clickers Be Quicker At Town Meeting?

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Imagine that voting has begun on a controversial issue at town meeting. Instead of standing up and shuffling to the ballot box in a long line, as is the practice now for a secret ballot, you just press your clicker to record your vote in an instant. Sounds simple, but many of the devils in the details were aired last week when selectmen met with Town Clerk Cynthia May, Moderator David Lyttle, and T...

Selectmen, FinCom Agree On Town Meeting Articles

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The board of selectmen and the finance committee are on the same page heading into the Oct. 16 special town meeting, with favorable recommendations on water quality projects, HVAC upgrades to the elementary school, and other articles. But not all of last week's votes were unanimous. Majorities of both boards agreed that the town should spend $3.68 million to put in the core of the downtown sewer syst...

Selectmen Cope With Town Meeting Decisions

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — The unanimous opposition of the finance committee at town meeting last week helped scuttle a $510,000 appropriation for the vehicle and equipment maintenance stabilization fund, which fell 12 votes short of the two-thirds majority required. Voters rejected the committee's unanimous opposition to buying a new ambulance on a replacement schedule that's been followed for years. “I think town meeting s...

ORLEANS — Town meeting kept the water quality projects ball rolling May 8, but not without deflating it a bit. Voters – the turnout was 489 - agreed to spend $2,963,560 on work in the fiscal year starting July 1, but removed $730,900 planned to take the design of a wastewater collection system for Meetinghouse Pond to 25 percent completion. They supported the proposed new DPW and Natural Resources building t...

ORLEANS — Town meeting kept the water quality projects ball rolling Tuesday, but not without deflating it a bit. Voters agreed to spend $2,963,560 on work in the fiscal year starting July 1, removing $730,900 planned to take the design of a wastewater collection system for Meetinghouse Pond to 25 percent. They supported the proposed new DPW and natural resources building that will cost $13,575,000 and signed...

Chatham Town Meeting Tonight

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Discussions and compromises worked out over the past few months will likely avoid a number of potential controversies in next Monday's annual town meeting. That's not to say, however, that there won't be spirited discussion over some of the 40 articles on the warrant. Specifically, contention appears to be brewing over Article 38, which seeks approval for the selectmen to enter into an inter-municipa...

HARWICH — Wastewater funding will be the big issue when voters gather at the community center on Monday as voters face 54 warrant articles in the annual town meeting. Voters will be asked to approve an annual budget for FY18 of $61,050,421, which contains a request for $24,787,671 to fund the town's share of the Monomoy Regional School District budget, including debt services on school buildings, and another $...

ORLEANS — Next month, town meeting will vote on spending $33,527,010 to pay for the combined town and schools budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. But voters will look well past FY18 both financially and philosophically as they weigh in on major commitments by the town. On May 8, Orleans will be asked to continue work on water quality projects to the tune of $3,733,660 and to approve spending $13,575...

HARWICH — Voters in the May 1 annual town meeting will face a weighty warrant of town business, including an article that seeks around $34 million to build a sewer collection system in East Harwich. Around 50 articles are on the draft warrant, which closed on Friday at noon. Town Administrator Christopher Clark warned that the draft warrant remains subject to change. It will be reviewed and revised by the boar...

CHATHAM – For eight years, Karolyn McClelland has lived with the possibility of losing her home due to what officials acknowledge was a “perfect storm” of mistakes and miscommunications. Next week, special town meeting voters will be asked to fix the situation by transferring funds to cover back taxes on McClelland's Beach Plum Road property, taxes that would have already been paid in full had the property bee...

CHATHAM – It's been a long struggle for Dale Eldredge. A native who graduated from Chatham High School in 1993, Eldredge spent a dozen years working to acquire the title to a lot on Stony Hill Road owned by his family. Originally owned by his grandmother, the property's ownership was shared by a number of aunts and uncles; Eldredge had inherited his share when his father passed away. Over the years he was able...

CHATHAM – Town purchase of the downtown Eldredge Garage property will be the main focus of next Monday's special town meeting. The 11-article warrant also includes another land acquisition, several expenditure requests and a number of housekeeping measures. The meeting was called in large measure to bring the purchase of the Eldredge Garage property at 365 Main St. before voters. Article 4 seeks $2.5 millio...