A long-standing dispute concerning a business operating in a residential zone will be addressed again by the Orleans Zoning Board of Appeals on Sept. 2.
One of the main issues is the Atlantic Workshop sign on the front lawn of 94 Main St., at the corner of Tonset Road, where property owner Scott Feen operates his business.
In a back and forth special permit process that’s gone on nearly three years, Feen and the town have been at odds over his right to operate a “customary home business” and the town’s rules for signs and other operational aspects of commercial entities in residential areas, the Cape Cod Times reported.
Orleans Building Commissioner Thomas Evers notified Feen in June he would be fined $100 for exhibiting his sign, which is positioned on an overturned boat.
Feen creates custom wood work and other furniture-related products in a 52 by 26-foot workshop he built on the side yard of the house, where he lives.
Neighbors have complained to the town, but Feen, through his lawyer Anthony Panebianco, says he’s being singled out with restrictions.
CC Construction is scheduled to begin installing erosion control devices along Rock Harbor Road on Monday, Aug. 31, in preparation for the water main replacement project.
Construction and excavation work will begin on Sept. 8, from Rock Harbor to Bridge Road. The project is slated to be done by Thanksgiving but could potentially run longer.
Cape Cod Village, a residential community in Orleans for adults with autism and developmental disabilities, named Hank Perrin of Marston Mills as executive director. He will lead the organization’s planning, fundraising, and community outreach efforts. He had been executive director of the South Shore Collaborative in Hingham, where he oversaw programs for over 300 students with special needs.
Ann Emerson of West Harwich was named program and facility coordinator. Her work will focus on creating activities for adults with disabilities, their families, and the general public. Activities will include yoga classes, arts and crafts, music, movie nights and more at the organization’s community center. The goal is to promote positive interactions between all members of the community.
Emerson was director of the extended day programs for Monomoy schools and also worked for the Harwich Recreation Department. Anyone interested in volunteering at Cape Cod Village can call Emerson at 774-316-4640.
The select board appointed Maxine Minkoff, Gail Meyers Lavin and Patricia Fallender to the Charter Review Committee, Heather Hill to the Fourth of July Committee, and Douglass Prentiss to the Traffic and Parking Safety Committee.
Orleans is anticipating a lot of mail-in votes for the Sept. 1 primary election. Of the town’s 5,392 voters, 35 percent have requested primary ballots by mail.
Forty percent have requested mail-in ballots for the presidential election and 30 percent asked for ballots for the special town election that’ll happen after town meeting. Orleans has a drop box for ballots outside of town hall for those who are concerned that the Post Office might have delivery delays.
In-person voting for the primary will be happening from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Senior Center on Rock Harbor Road as usual on Sept. 1.
Orleans will receive $465,000 for storm water work on Doane Road, Portanimicut Road, Champlain Road and at Snow Shore Road. The grant is from the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The grant will cover 75 percent of the cost of the work. The town is responsible for the remaining 25 percent.
Orleans also got a $25,714 grant to pay for vehicle extraction equipment for the fire department. That covers 95 percent of the cost and the town will cover the remaining 5 percent.
Tuesday, Sept. 1
State Primary Election voting, Senior Center, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Nauset Estuary Stakeholder Group Virtual Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 2
Select board, 4 p.m.