Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Town Meeting Okays Wind Turbines & Town Water

Major issues in Wellfleet are decided by town meeting. This week two major issues were on the warrant. A new by-law, allowing the placement of wind turbines, presumably at the White Crest Beach parking lot, passed on Monday. Yesterday night, after a very long discussion, the town voted in favor of extending the municipal water system to serve the downtown district. And, yes, there was debate, lots of it. The debate seemed to go on and on with the usual suspects taking turns at the microphone. I noted the speech by Alex Hay, above, and another by his brother Mac, in favor, of course. Mac revealed Mac's Shack, one of the town's most popular restaurants, has encountered a new, less forgiving attitude on the part of DEP in recent months, and urged town members to embrace water for the downtown. Read all about the vote here. (Yesterday also brought news that the Hay brothers' empire is expanding into Eastham, reported here already, and Provincetown, where they have purchased Clem & Ursies. It is exciting to observe the success of these two young men, assisted by their cousin Sam, and to understand their choice to live, work, and raise families in Wellfleet.) On a more somber note, several members of the Finance Committee resigned during town meeting, disgruntled by what they saw as a lack of respect from Selectmen and town administrator during these difficult economic times.