Orleans News

ORLEANS — Mike Nelligan of Powers and Sullivan, the town's new auditors, told selectmen last week that “everything went according to plan” for the fiscal year that ended June 30. “The numbers for the year were pretty much within budget,” he said Jan. 24. “You were about 2½ percent over on the revenue side, and expenses were about that number under. There were good controls.” During the audit, the firm “be...

EASTHAM — A new group of players made its debut on the stage of the Nauset Regional High School auditorium last week, to a round of applause. The men and women were members of the Nauset Regional High School Building Committee, taking a tour of the 1970s complex as part of their inaugural meeting Jan. 22. Superintendent Tom Conrad told students meeting in the auditorium about the work ahead for the commit...

Three Bids Received for Downtown Sewer Work

By: Ed Maroney

Contract Award Expected Early Next Month   ORLEANS - Two of the three bids to build the first section of the downtown sewer system came in below the estimated construction cost of $2,681,900.   Cape Cod Construction of South Dennis bid $1,917,954.10 and Revoli Construction Co. of Franklin bid $2,279,606.06. The only other bidder was Robert B. Our Co. of North Harwich, at $2,799,307.45.   The bids were opened t...

ORLEANS — Keeping things safe on Beach Road, the town's scenic route through East Orleans to Nauset Beach, means different things to different people. If you cycle or walk along the winding road, it might mean adding bike lanes or sidewalks. If you live along the road, it might mean defending your landscaping and the overall scenic charm. The bike and pedestrian committee asked selectmen last week to supp...

ORLEANS — The fiscal year that begins July 1 will see a projected 3.8 percent increase in the non-school operating budget to $20,197,000, just within the 4 percent cap imposed by selectmen this year. Adding projected school costs (at 4 percent for now as final numbers for the Orleans Elementary, Nauset Regional, and Cape Tech budgets are not available) and debt service brings the proposed spending plan to $37,1...

ORLEANS — Another way to apportion the cost of the planned town sewer system is gaining ground. The current phased approach would burden those in the early stages with more of the cost for the treatment plant and disposal site that will eventually be used by all sewer customers. Putting the plant and disposal costs on the tax rate, rather than paying for those facilities in part with individual betterments, cou...

ORLEANS — As you travel on Main Street from Route 28 into East Orleans, the sense of history is palpable. Many 19 th century homes line either side of the road and most are situated to preserve the open elegance of the area. Yet something is missing from this picture: a guarantee that such history and style will survive to represent one of the town's great resources. Unlike many Cape communities, Orleans ha...

ORLEANS — Uncle Harvey's sick, and those who care are discussing what to do about it. The 7.5-acre pond south of Pochet Road has been flagged for harmful algal blooms by the state Department of Environmental Protection, and the state Department of Public Health has issued advisories to avoid contact with the water. Since the turn of the century, volunteers have been monitoring water quality in Uncle Harve...

Selectmen Chairman Won't Run For Another Term

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Jon Fuller believes he's had his turn at the tiller and won't run for reelection to the board of selectmen in May. “I've already done six terms,” he said. “That's enough.” Fuller, a leading proponent of downtown sewering, noted that he's been working on wastewater issues for the past 14 years. “Finally we've got some pipe in the ground and are moving forward,” he said of the Main Street sewer work ...

ORLEANS — The Academy Playhouse is staging its greatest production yet – a $4 million fund-raising campaign to upgrade and expand its theater and school. The historic features of the grand old building at the top of the hill off Main Street, built by shipwrights to serve as town hall, will be preserved while modern touches such an elevator, an adequate number of restrooms, and a full basement will be added. ...

Selectmen Resolve Dog Bite Complaint 'Humanely'

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — It's not often that the selectmen are asked to impose the death penalty. “Humane euthanization” was among the statutory alternatives for the board to consider Dec. 20 at a dog complaint hearing requested by Robert Swanson of 25 Lowell Dr. On Aug. 27, he was walking on that street when he saw Katherine Gulotta, of 16 Lowell Dr., walking a dog on a retractable leash. To avoid the dog, which he sai...

Dollars For Donuts

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS -- On his last day of work at Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, David Willard feasted on the chocolate doughnut named in his honor at the Hole-In-One in Orleans (available in Eastham, too). Recalling that Willard always brought doughnuts to the many non-profit board meetings he attended as the bank's director of community relations, Richard Brothers, the retired president and CEO of Cape and Islands Un...