What Town Meeting Has Approved, Next Week's Balloting Must Confirm

By: Ed Maroney

Topics: Elections

With Orleans United Methodist Church as a backdrop, a Revoli Construction excavator forms its own steeple on Main Street. First-phase sewer main work in the downtown area was completed on the day town meeting voted to approve $4.2 million for further water quality work. The spending is subject to a debt exclusion vote May 15.  ED MARONEY PHOTO

ORLEANS Some of the promises made at this week's town meeting will have to be kept right away.

On Monday, voters said they wanted to spend $4.2 million to advance water quality projects, $450,000 to fund Other Post-Employment Benefits obligations, $275,000 to seed a new affordable housing trust, and $175,000 for a master plan to relocate facilities at Nauset Beach. Next Tuesday, they'll have to confirm those decisions by approving a mix of tax levy overrides and debt exclusions to pay for them.

The May 15 ballot features two general overrides (the OPEB and housing contributions) and three debt exclusions: water quality and Nauset Beach plus the town's share of the new Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, a project supported by voters at the Oct. 24 election. The ballot question about borrowing $775,000 to replace the Skaket Beach restrooms/administration building is no longer valid as the project was voted down by town meeting Monday night.

In addition to a question confirming a charter amendment to change the term of the town meeting moderator from one to three years, the ballot lists 10 offices up for election. All save one have a single candidate: moderator, selectman, board of health (two seats), Orleans Elementary School Committee, housing authority, and Snow Library trustee (three seats). The exception is the Nauset Regional School Committee seat, which drew no candidates; write-in votes will determine the people's choice.

The polls will be open at the senior center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 15.