It's annual town meeting time

Residents prepare for town meeting with warrant review

Springtime on Cape Cod means flowers in bloom and herring on the run. It also is the time for annual town meetings across the Cape. 

Residents are encouraged to review the articles in the warrant and bone up on local issues before casting their vote on town meeting day. Some towns are also combining the annual meeting with a special meeting with its own set of articles.

Bourne

The annual town meeting is on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at Bourne High School. The warrant (with voting handbook included), has 30 articles and is available for review here.

Brewster 

The annual (and special) town meeting will be on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at Stony Brook Elementary School. The warrant contains 27 articles and the special warrant contains 7 articles. Both are available for review here. Notable: Article 8 pertains to captial expenditures including two new police vehicles and body armor for officers ($107,000), lease payments on two ambulance and other fire department equipment ($164,500) and blowers and mowers for the golf course ($116,617). Article 11 is a request for $4,500 for the Bayside Skippers. 

Dennis

The annual town meeting is on Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Nathaniel H. Wixon Innovation School in South Dennis. The warrant is not yet available online.

Eastham 

The annual town meeting is on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at Nauset Regional High School. The warrant contains 34 articles and is available for review here. Notable: Article 16 will establish a groundwater protection overlay district in town. 

Harwich

In Harwich, the annual town meeting will be held on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at the Harwich Community Center and the special town meeting will be held the following night at 7 p.m.. The town meeting warrant contains 65 article and the special town meeting warrant contains four articles. The warrants are available for review here. Notable: Articles 19 and 20 pertains to the purchase of more than $500,000 in equipment and vehicles for the DPW. Article 36 pertains to the purchase of a solar-powered crossing light for the Cape Cod Rail Trail at Queen Anne Road. Article 43 would increase the senior exemption from $1,000 to $1,500. Article 45 would require registration for door-to-door solicitation.

The Town of Harwich is offering free onsite childcare for residents during the annual and special town meetings. The childcare is available through the town's recreation department. more information is available here.

Mashpee

The annual town meeting is on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at Mashpee High School. The warrant for the meeting contains 22 articles and is available for review here. Notable: Article 20 pertains to making the sale of synthetic marijuana in Mashpee illegal.

Mashpee Human Services will sponsor a food drive during the town meeting. Non-perishable foods including canned goods, pasta, soup and juice boxes are all welcomed. Healthy food items including canned tuna, peanut butter, unsalted nuts, jams and jellies, granola bars and canned fruit are welcomed. Mashpee Human Services is also collecting toiletries including shampoo, toothpaste and soap. Donations from the town meeting will be divided among the pantries that serve Mashpee residents, according to Gail Wilson, Director of Mashpee Human Services.

Orleans

The annual (and special) town meeting is on Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Nauset Middle School. The warrant is available for review on the town's website here. The warrant contains 49 articles and 11 articles for the special town meeting portion. Notable: Article 45 calls for the creation of an independent town revenue committee.

Sandwich

The annual town meeting is on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at Sandwich High School. The warrant is available for review on the town's website here. The warrant contains 26 articles and three ballot questions. Notable: Articles 17, 18 & 19 seek approval for funds to be spent on preservation and repairs at historic sites in town. Article 22 pertains to dune protection. Article 23 pertains to pets (fees, leashing, licensing and such). Article 24 pertains to the public use or consumption or marijuana.

Truro 

The annual town meeting is on Tuesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at Truro Central School. The residents of Truro will consider a warrant containing 32 articles, available for review here. Notable: Article 17 pertains to rooms tax on short-term vacation rentals. Articles 31 and 32 are citizen-petitioned articles. Article 31 would impose a $100 fee on a pet owner who does not clean up after their dog (with subsequent fees of $200 and $300 for second and third offenses, respectively).

Wellfleet

The annual town meeting is on Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at Wellfleet Elementary School. Wellfleetians will consider a warrant containing 55 articles (and two standard closing articles), available for review here. Notable: Article 13 calls for the addition of a police officer ($60,000 includes salary, uniform, benefits and training).

Yarmouth 

The annual town meeting is on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. at 6 p.m. at Mattacheese Middle School. The warrant contains 38 articles and is available for review here

The Provincetown Annual Meeting was held on April 4. See the voting results here.


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