Orleans News

Plow Drivers In Short Supply On Lower Cape

By: Ryan Bray

Winter is here, and public works departments across the Cape are busy preparing for whatever the weather might have in store. But department directors on the Lower Cape say they're struggling to find private plow drivers for the upcoming season. Across the region and the state, towns have been reporting difficulty hiring drivers this winter. In some cases, that includes long-time contractors that have worked w...

Residents Urged To Comply With New Fuel Tank Regs

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – The clock is ticking for approximately 600 property owners and businesses to replace their above-ground fuel tanks to be in compliance with a new regulation passed by the board of health. The board approved and adopted its above-ground fuel and storage tank regulation in June 2021, and the regulation went into effect in September of last year. Crafted through a collaboration between the town's hea...

ORLEANS – The town intends to apply for a watershed permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection in response to new Title 5 regulations being put forward by the agency. Mass DEP released the draft regulations at the end of October. They require that all existing Title 5 septic systems on properties in areas designated as "nitrogen sensitive" be replaced with more environmentally friendly altern...

ORLEANS – For 30 years, the Community Development Partnership has worked to address the need for affordable housing on the Lower and Outer Cape from its home in Eastham. But this week marked a new chapter for the nonprofit, which on Monday began moving into its new office on Route 6A. "We've been able to do a lot of purging," the partnership's CEO, Jay Coburn, said last week ahead of the move. "It's just like ...

Donors Wanted For Adopt A Family

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – The holiday season is a time of joy and excitement. But for staff and volunteers with the Homeless Prevention Council, it's also a time of purpose. As people begin preparing their holiday shopping lists for friends and family members, the council is once again working to make sure that those families in need of help this season aren't left behind. Now in its 27th year, the council's Adopt A Family pr...

ORLEANS – A residential tax exemption would save some Orleans residents on their property tax bills, but not everyone. That was the message to the select board Nov. 16 from Town Assessor Brad Hinote, who said homeowners whose properties are valued the lowest in Orleans would benefit most from the exemption. But it could ultimately cost some residents depending on the assessed value of their property, while oth...

Main Street Community Center Going Back Before CPC

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – A revised application for funding renovations to the Main Street community center is going back before the community preservation committee for reconsideration. The select board voted 5-0 Nov. 16 to submit the application for consideration for the annual town meeting in May. In March, the CPC voted against supporting the use of Community Preservation Act money for renovations to the center, common...

ADA Lawsuits Against Cape Hotels To Be Dismissed

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – The plaintiff who brought lawsuits against several Lower and Outer Cape hotels this summer alleging handicap accessibility violations has died, and the cases will be dismissed. Robert Petropoulos II, 51, of Peabody, died Nov. 4, according to his obituary. Petropoulos brought suit against four hotels on the Lower and Outer Cape in U.S. District Court, alleging that the hotels failed to properly allow ...

Winterfest Kicks Off Saturday

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – With Thanksgiving in the rearview, the Orleans Chamber of Commerce and the Orleans Improvement Association are looking ahead to the holiday season. The two agencies are together organizing this year's Winterfest events, which kick off with a slew of holiday-themed happenings on Saturday. "This Saturday is a huge holiday day," said Lisa Simundson, the chamber's executive director. Breakfast wit...

ORLEANS – Reports are in, but Orleans officials aren't anywhere closer to finding a site for a new fire station in town. The select board on Nov. 16 received recommendations from the town's new fire rescue station feasibility study committee as the committee's consultant, Kaestle Boos Architects, released its draft report outlining the town's options for locating a new station. The committee has been workin...

ORLEANS – Dorie Klimshuk has been arguing about the need for roadway improvements at the intersection of Route 39 and Route 28 for years. Now that work has begun, his friends decided to have some fun with him. Work started last month clearing trees and brush from the intersection, where a rotary will be constructed to manage traffic flow in the area. On a patch of land in the middle of the roadwork is a sign t...

Orleans Residents Weigh In On Recreation Needs

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Last week, about 50 residents and town officials gathered at the town's senior center to discuss the future of recreation in Orleans. Anne Sigsbee, for one, envisioned a recreation department modeled after the "community center without walls" approach adopted by the town's council on aging. "It was a thing of beauty, because our community center without walls was so successful that the state gave ...