Orleans Voters Approve School, Sewer Overrides

By: Ryan Bray

Topics: Elections , Orleans news , Nauset Regional School District , sewers

Voters approved a $627,032 override to cover Orleans' share of the Nauset Regional School District budget for the 2022-2023 school year at the May 17 annual town election. FILE PHOTO

ORLEANS – It was a clean sweep in Tuesday's annual town election, as Orleans voters passed all four override questions put before them on the ballot.

Question 1 to approve $627,032 to cover the town's portion of the Nauset regional school budget for next year passed 705-182, according to preliminary results released Tuesday night. Voters also approved two questions on Meetinghouse Pond, one to fund the construction of the area's sewer collection system and pumping station (654-248) and a second to fund drainage improvements in the area (658-246). A total of $33.4 million was approved through the passage of both questions.

The fourth override request for $1 million to finance the town's information technology modernization project also passed 617-281. A fifth, non-binding question asking that plans to discharge radioactive water from Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station into Cape Cod Bay be immediately withdrawn also passed 801-82.

This year's election featured no contested races for public office. Mark Mathison and Michael Herman both won in unopposed races to keep their respective seats on the select board. Mathison, who won 684 votes, enters his third three-year term. Herman had 753 votes on his way to his first full term on the board after being elected in November to fill the seat of former select board member Cecil Newcomb.

Elsewhere on the ballot, John Smith garnered 749 votes to keep his seat on the board of health, while Josh Stewart notched 738 votes in his unopposed bid for re-election to the Nauset Regional School Committee. Virginia Stribula (685 votes) won re-election to the Orleans School Committee, where she'll be joined by newcomer Maxine Minkoff (680 votes). Pamela Ritchie (771 votes) won election to a three-year term on the Snow Library Board of Trustees, but a second seat on the board remains open.

David Lyttle received 799 votes in his uncontested bid to continue as town moderator. Mary Stevens garnered 776 votes in her bid for town constable.

Voter turnout Tuesday was 17 percent.

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