Orleans News

ORLEANS — The lack of housing of all kinds was in the thoughts of the Governor Prence Planning Committee when it met Feb. 14 to review a draft public engagement plan. The focus was appropriate, given that town meeting voted last May to buy the five-and-a-half-acre acre property “for general municipal purposes, including but not limited to affordable housing...” But what of those other purposes? How much a p...

ORLEANS — Seaside Joint Ventures advanced another step toward opening a retail cannabis business with conditional approval of its formal site plan for 14 Lots Hollow Road Feb. 16. The OK from the site plan review committee required clarification on a stormwater drainage matter and a response to any comments from the traffic and parking study committee. “The group has been diligent in responding” to issues ra...

ORLEANS — The shellfish and waterways advisory committee approved recommendations to the select board for balancing water access opportunities for commercial and recreational boaters as well as residents and visitors. Members also backed investigating paid parking at Rock Harbor, but deferred making a recommendation on plans to place kayak racks near town waters until consulting with the recreation advisory co...

ORLEANS — A divided community preservation committee balked at recommending bonding $5 million over time to fund future projects of the town’s affordable housing trust last week, but members were unanimous in recommending $500,000 for the trust in the next fiscal year and nearly so in blessing a $1 million bond to support Housing Assistance Corporation’s apartment development plans at 107 Main St. The committe...

Critics Have Their Say On Economic Development Study

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Three community figures – a longtime conservation commission member, a hospitality management company owner, and a farmer – shared their criticisms of the reported findings of an economic development study with the planning board recently. Communications received from, respectively, Judith Bruce, Charles Wibel, and David Light, were discussed at the board’s Feb. 8 meeting. “I want to express thank...

ORLEANS – What is life like day-to-day for students and staff at Orleans Elementary School? It’s a question that Molly Jenks gets asked a lot by people around town. “If you don’t have kids in school for whatever reason, if you’re too old or too young or not a parent, you don’t know what’s really going on,” said Jenks, a member of the Orleans Elementary School Council. “How do we get people to understand all th...

Zoning Board Denies Atlantic Workshop Appeal

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – The zoning board of appeals on Feb. 2 upheld an order from the town’s building commissioner that a boat in front of Atlantic Workshop be removed. But the back and forth between the business and the town may not be over yet. The appeal was the latest development in what has been an ongoing dispute between the board and the business’s owner, Scott Feen, over the status of the boat going back to 2020. ...

Turning Words Into Action

By: Ryan Bray

Book Drive Aims To Improve Literary Diversity in Monomoy, Nauset Schools Jennifer Kelly recalls attending a conference a few years ago when a statistic caught her attention. Close to 90 percent of books written for young students, she found out, either had a white person or a talking animal as their main character. “We’re really looking to make sure we have more than that coming into our classrooms,” said Ke...

Clenchy Named New Nauset Superintendent

By: Ryan Bray

EASTHAM – The Nauset Regional School District has its new superintendent. The Nauset Regional School Committee and Nauset School Union 54 on Friday each unanimously voted to remove the interim tag from Brooke Clenchy's title, making her the district's new full-time superintendent, pending contract negotiations. Clenchy, who was tapped as interim superintendent last spring in anticipation of Thomas Conrad's ...

ORLEANS – If Orleans wants to boost its economic profile, it needs to make better use of its waterfront and downtown areas. That's according to the consulting firm Streetsense, which the town hired in the fall to steer its economic development plan. The planning board was updated on the firm's findings to date at its Jan. 25 meeting. Streetsense's work began in November with a tour of the town's downtown ar...

ORLEANS – Water quality experts say that sewering is likely the best option for treating phosphorus loading in Baker Pond. The marine and fresh water quality committee was presented Jan. 24 with a draft final study on the 28-acre pond, which is on the Orleans-Brewster town line. The pond is the last of four waterways in town the committee has identified for study, with management plans already underway for Unc...

ORLEANS – By most accounts around town, the planned renovation of the Main Street Community Center represents a noticeable improvement to the existing building. But the Orleans Historical Commission has more specific concerns, namely whether the proposed work constitutes a historic restoration of the property. Commission members voted 5-0 Jan. 26 to find that they lacked the information needed to make a recomm...