Orleans News

Kevin Galligan Is Running For Orleans Selectman

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Kevin Galligan, a finance committee member and president of the Orleans Conservation Trust, is the first candidate to return nomination papers for selectman. He's seeking the seat held by chairman Jon Fuller, who's not running again, at the May 15 election. “I think I've been in training for this post for many, many years,” Galligan said in a phone interview. “I've watched so many selectmen at work...

ORLEANS — The town's science experiment in Lonnie's Pond is one step closer to becoming a self-supporting commercial enterprise. At an extraordinary Saturday meeting, the board of selectmen asked its consultants for a management plan for a private grower to take over the effort in 2019, when three years of town funding will end. Members were encouraged by the amount of nitrogen removed from the pond so far b...

Would Clickers Be Quicker At Town Meeting?

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Imagine that voting has begun on a controversial issue at town meeting. Instead of standing up and shuffling to the ballot box in a long line, as is the practice now for a secret ballot, you just press your clicker to record your vote in an instant. Sounds simple, but many of the devils in the details were aired last week when selectmen met with Town Clerk Cynthia May, Moderator David Lyttle, and T...

Outdoor Food Court In Village Center Up For Review

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — There's a plan to circle the wagons for some good eats in the village center this summer. The town's site plan review committee was scheduled to hold an informal review yesterday (Feb. 7) on a proposal to surround eight picnic tables with six food trucks and a “container bar” on Route 6A just west of The Red Balloon. Specifically, the review focused on Blue Bubbles, LLC's plan to tear down a garage...

New Rec Director Proposes Fees For Town Sports

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Recreation Director Alan Harrison has proposed a fee schedule for the town's youth sports and summer day programs, which are now free. Harrison told the selectmen last week that the neighboring communities of Brewster, Chatham, Eastham and Harwich all charge for their similar programs and are able to offer more to their citizens. Since his arrival in September, Harrison said, he's talked with pa...

ORLEANS — Mike Nelligan of Powers and Sullivan, the town's new auditors, told selectmen last week that “everything went according to plan” for the fiscal year that ended June 30. “The numbers for the year were pretty much within budget,” he said Jan. 24. “You were about 2½ percent over on the revenue side, and expenses were about that number under. There were good controls.” During the audit, the firm “be...

EASTHAM — A new group of players made its debut on the stage of the Nauset Regional High School auditorium last week, to a round of applause. The men and women were members of the Nauset Regional High School Building Committee, taking a tour of the 1970s complex as part of their inaugural meeting Jan. 22. Superintendent Tom Conrad told students meeting in the auditorium about the work ahead for the commit...

Three Bids Received for Downtown Sewer Work

By: Ed Maroney

Contract Award Expected Early Next Month   ORLEANS - Two of the three bids to build the first section of the downtown sewer system came in below the estimated construction cost of $2,681,900.   Cape Cod Construction of South Dennis bid $1,917,954.10 and Revoli Construction Co. of Franklin bid $2,279,606.06. The only other bidder was Robert B. Our Co. of North Harwich, at $2,799,307.45.   The bids were opened t...

ORLEANS — Keeping things safe on Beach Road, the town's scenic route through East Orleans to Nauset Beach, means different things to different people. If you cycle or walk along the winding road, it might mean adding bike lanes or sidewalks. If you live along the road, it might mean defending your landscaping and the overall scenic charm. The bike and pedestrian committee asked selectmen last week to supp...

ORLEANS — The fiscal year that begins July 1 will see a projected 3.8 percent increase in the non-school operating budget to $20,197,000, just within the 4 percent cap imposed by selectmen this year. Adding projected school costs (at 4 percent for now as final numbers for the Orleans Elementary, Nauset Regional, and Cape Tech budgets are not available) and debt service brings the proposed spending plan to $37,1...

ORLEANS — Another way to apportion the cost of the planned town sewer system is gaining ground. The current phased approach would burden those in the early stages with more of the cost for the treatment plant and disposal site that will eventually be used by all sewer customers. Putting the plant and disposal costs on the tax rate, rather than paying for those facilities in part with individual betterments, cou...

ORLEANS — As you travel on Main Street from Route 28 into East Orleans, the sense of history is palpable. Many 19 th century homes line either side of the road and most are situated to preserve the open elegance of the area. Yet something is missing from this picture: a guarantee that such history and style will survive to represent one of the town's great resources. Unlike many Cape communities, Orleans ha...