Mashpee Town Meeting October 21, 2019

Mashpee town officials listen to comments during Monday nights town meeting in the Mashpee High School Auditorium.

Mashpee voters gathered in the high school auditorium for Town Meeting on Monday October 21 rejected a commercial ban on plastic straws and polystyrene products, among other decisions.

The polystyrene ban, Article 5, was rejected after Mark Lawrence, the owner of the Polar Cave in Mashpee, raised issue with the affordability of alternatives.

The straw ban, Article 6, failed after a resident asked that the town take time to find a “solution that takes into account the need of the disabled community.”

Voters passed articles which lay out regulations for and allow for the construction of accessory dwelling units “by right” rather than having to go before the Mashpee Zoning Board of Appeals.

Debate grew heated over Article 10, which asks for $250,000 to fund further investigation of the feasibility and planning of a regional wastewater collection and treatment facility at Joint Base Cape Cod.

Chairman of the sewer commission, F. Tom Fudala, questioned language in the article which he said would “step on the authority of the sewer commission.”

Chairman of the selectmen, Andrew R. Gottlieb stated, “what you’re all witnessing here is a potential turf war.”

Voters accepted a motion by Mr. Fudala to amend the article to remove the language before voting unanimously to accept the amended article.

Rental regulations outlined in Article 8—with an attached last minute change—drew contention with a motion to indefinitely postpone failing 108-103. The article passed 121-98. Article 9 also passed, allowing the creation of a new position for enforcing such regulations.

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