Aquinnah voters approved new zoning regulations governing wind turbines, at a special town meeting Tuesday. The new bylaws aim to reduce the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity, using a combination of energy conservation and the local generation from renewable sources. The zoning law amendments required and got a two-thirds majority in favor.
Forty-six voters participated Tuesday evening, but a quorum call after eight of the 12 articles on the warrant had been approved revealed that too few voters remained to continue. The meeting will reconvene on December 1, at 7 pm, to take up the last four questions, including number 12, which proposes to reduce the quorum requirement for town meetings from 10 percent of all registered voters to five. Aquinnah has had repeated difficulty attracting enough voters to complete town business.
Voters authorized selectmen to borrow $100,000 to repair the town offices building and repaint the interior, including roof shingling, new windows, wiring upgrades. Approval required a two-thirds vote in favor. Voters will need to address the question again, on a December 9 election ballot, when they will be asked to exclude the sum from the provisions of Proposition 2.5.