An overflow turnout of of West Tisbury voters completed a marathon annual town meeting Tuesday night that saw decisions on everything from dredging the Mill Pond to dogs on Lambert’s Cove Beach to paving town roads.

It was a night for debate and at times compromise.

Dogs will now be allowed on the beach at Lambert’s Cove in the morning in the summer months, but not in the evening. The town will explore a complex plan for dredging the Mill Pond, but any final spending plan will need to come back to town meeting floor for approval.

And the town is a giant step closer to building a new library after voters approved a $1.5 million request to put toward a $6 million renovation project. The measure must still pass in the ballot box at the annual town election Thursday.

A record 378 voters packed the elementary school gymnasium-for the four-hour session.

Voters readily approved the library expansion article.

“This is the moment of truth for this project,” said library trustee Dan Waters who has helped lead the effort to raise private funds and apply for state grant money for the project.

A sea of hands went up when moderator Pat Gregory called for a vote after scant discussion, and the article passed 326 to 6. Cheers rang out around the room.

After much debate over the state of Mill Pond and its future, voters agreed to allow the town to explore grant options to dredge the shallow pond, contingent on another town meeting vote.

Voters also agreed to spend $2.3 million to repave town roads, although that article too hinges on a corresponding ballot question on Thursday.

As 10:15 p.m. approached with only half the 41 articles acted on, readings were waived to move the meeting along.

The contentious issue of whether to rescind a ban on dogs at Lambert’s Cove Beach in the summer months in the end saw comprise, after the article was split into two questions involving mornings and nights. The end result was that dogs will be allowed on the beach from 7 to 10 a.m.

The park and recreation committee defended the ban, which was adopted by voters last year.

“We understand there are people who were really happy when this was put in place,” said committee member Cheryl Lowe. “We’re trying to do this . . . so people who want to walk their dogs still can nine months of year and people who want to go to a clean and pristine beach with their children still can,” she said.

But others, including Marilyn Putney spoke in favor of lifting the ban. “Most important to me is my daughter’s welfare. She has a very demanding job and she travels all over the world . . . and it’s very important for her when she’s home to be able to walk the dogs on the beach in the morning usually,” she said.

In the end the morning compromise was approved.

In one of the final articles on the warrant, voters agreed with little dissent to allow the town to issue one-day licenses for the sale of beer and wine at special events.

The pivotal beer and wine question comes at the annual town election on Thursday when voters will decide whether to allow its sale in restaurants with 50 seats or more.

That question was not debated on the town meeting floor.