DENNIS – More than 400 voters in Dennis turned out for a special town meeting Tuesday night, and passed 27 articles in total, including two projects that have garnered the attention of many residents.
After rejecting a $13 million proposal in May to expand the town’s senior center, a scaled-back $5.5 million tax override project was passed with little opposition.
“The entire board of selectmen, as well as the entire finance committee knew that we had to get this thing done,” said Dennis Selectman John Terrio. “We kept the people who were part of it and brought it back to the town tonight and it passed with flying colors.”
Voters also passed several affordable housing articles, including two dealing with a proposed transitional home for veterans.
Overwhelming approval was given to lease the land along Route 134, and in addition, voters okayed $200,000 in funding to help with construction. Due to the large veteran population in Dennis however, those funds may not be needed.
“We’re not going to probably use I hope much of that ($200,000),” said Dennis Selectman Wayne Bergeron. “We’ve had a number of builders and painters and different people in the community step up when this thing is set to go.”
Bergeron added the project is a model for other communities, as leasing the municipal land takes the cost of purchasing land out of the equation, making it easier for such a project to get off the ground.
In a move that’s already being implemented in other Cape towns, voters also approved two articles to enact bylaws banning single-use plastic bags, as well as Styrofoam containers.
Beaches in Dennis will also be getting some attention, as voters approved articles to design and build stairs at Corporation Beach, and to continue to rebuild comfort station at Dennis beaches.