Topics: Town Meeting

Other Measures To Help Combat Rising Cost Of Living Approved CHATHAM – Neither supporters of preserving town-owned land off Middle Road as open space nor those who wanted to use a portion of the property for affordable housing got what they wanted at Saturday's annual town meeting. Despite an emphasis during the meeting on helping local families meet the high cost of living in town, a proposal to use four o...

ORLEANS – They didn't pass quietly, but articles to secure construction funding for Meetinghouse Pond sewer work and adopt a new sewer assessment bylaw garnered voter approval during Monday night's annual town meeting. The bylaw, which calls for sewer costs downtown and in the area of Meetinghouse Pond to be split between the tax rate (80 percent) and users who will tie into the new sewer system (20 percent), ...

ORLEANS – The town is working toward a solution for re-engineering the traffic signal system outside the fire station on Eldredge Park Way. A petition article went before voters during Monday's special town meeting seeking to deactivate the three flashing yellow traffic lights except when needed to function for emergency vehicles. Prior to the meeting on May 4, the select board discussed plans to fix the exist...

ORLEANS – They didn't pass quietly, but articles to secure construction funding for Meetinghouse Pond sewer work and adopt a new sewer assessment bylaw garnered voter approval during Monday night's annual town meeting. The bylaw, which calls for sewer costs downtown and in the area of Meetinghouse Pond to be split between the tax rate (80 percent) and users who will tie into the new sewer system (20 percent), ...

HARWICH – Voters made a major commitment to conservation and passive recreation on the first night of annual town meeting Monday, approving $950,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to purchase a conservation restriction on 75 acres in the Six Ponds Special District. “This is the largest remaining undeveloped tract on the Lower Cape,” Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Michael Lach said at the me...

ORLEANS – A proposal to double fees for adult recreation programming in town won't be going to town meeting next month as planned. Members of the recreation advisory committee last week said they were caught off guard by a recommendation in the warrant for the May 9 annual town meeting that the fees be raised from $15 to $30. Now the committee is calling for an investigation into its own department's finances....

HARWICH – Voters made a major commitment to conservation and passive recreation on the first night of annual town meeting Monday, approving $950,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to purchase a conservation restriction on 75 acres in the Six Ponds Special District. “This is the largest remaining undeveloped tract on the Lower Cape,” Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Michael Lach said at the me...

HARWICH — Selectmen Chairman Michael MacAskill said he sees nothing controversial on the annual town meeting warrant, but there are some issues that will draw “spirited debate” when voters gather at the community center on Monday evening. “We’ll see where the operating budget goes,” MacAskill said, suggesting there are some items that could spark debate. The overall town budget seeks a 5.4 percent increase, wi...

ORLEANS – Could lowering the quorum for future town meetings help the biannual sessions move along more smoothly? The town's charter review committee thinks so. The committee is bringing 12 proposed charter amendments to the annual town meeting on May 9, including one to lower the town meeting quorum from 200 voters to 100. The proposal also calls for lowering the quorum to zero over concurrent nights once the...

ORLEANS – Residents voted four years ago to partially fund the installation of a traffic signal system outside the fire department headquarters. Now a petition article has been drafted to get the town to change it. The article included as part of the special town meeting warrant for May 9 asks the town to “alter” the system on Eldredge Park Way so that it is not functional at all times. “ This article w...

ORLEANS – There's no argument about the need to sewer Mill Pond. The question for the select board April 6 was when and how. The board discussed a petition last week directing the town to begin the process of planning for the Mill Pond area to be sewered. The article is set to go before voters at the annual town meeting on May 9. The town is nearing the point of construction on the second phase of sewering ...

ORLEANS – Annual town meeting is May 9, and there will be no shortage of articles for voters to work their way through. The select board on March 30 voted to place on the warrant and recommend a total of 85 articles, including 75 for the annual town meeting and an additional 10 for the warrant for special town meeting. The spring sessions are scheduled for 6 p.m. inside the Nauset Regional Middle School gymnas...

ORLEANS – As the town's first fire station, there's no arguing the historic value of the Main Street Community Center. But the community preservation committee wasn't sold on the need to spend $2 million to restore the aging building. The committee voted 5-4 March 10 against endorsing the use of Community Preservation Act funds to make improvements to and bring up to code the building at 44 Main St., which dat...

Revised Project Scope Sought For Estuary Dredging

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – The question remains as to if and how town officials can proceed with plans to dredge the Nauset Estuary, and select board members say they need more information in order to navigate a path forward. Without the town of Eastham, whose select board voted last month to withdraw from a memorandum of understanding with Orleans to partner on the project, town officials are now left to consider a new scope ...

CHATHAM – It took just 19 minutes for voters to approve $5.9 million in water system improvements at Sunday's special town meeting. The upgrades will complete construction of two new wells and begin the process of treating two other wells recently shut down due to PFAS contamination. Officials say the expenditures are necessary to ensure that the system can meet peak water demand. The measures passed unanim...

School Property Excluded From Fire Station Study

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Voters at Monday's special town meeting approved $100,000 for an expanded fire station feasibility study, but the funding will not be used to explore property owned by the Nauset Regional School District. Article 10 on the warrant for the special session sought authorization to use free cash to finance the expanded study to explore possible options for siting a new fire station. That was to inclu...