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 on to pay the town's share of a $1.3 million feasibility study and schematic design for a renovated Nauset Regional High School. Town meeting also endorsed paying its $700,000 share for demolishing the Tri-Town Septage Facility plus another $170,000 to tear down the old compost facility.
All of the above will have to clear another hurdle at the ballot box May 16, but one horse was scratched by the voters. Question 5, which would have banned recreational marijuana manufacture or retail sales in town, failed to win the support of town meeting; the assembly did vote to impose a moratorium on pot sales until June 30 of next year so the planning board can draw up rules and regulations.
The much-discussed zoning amendment to encourage apartment development downtown was approved, but the article calling for a resident beach parking fee was indefinitely postponed.
Moderator David Lyttle completed his first annual town meeting in just over five hours.