Equipment, housing, dredge top Edgartown special warrant


Edgartown voters will gather at 7 pm at the Old Whaling Church Thursday, October 28, for a special town meeting. The 10 articles on the warrant cover a range of spending requests.

The fire department will ask voters to approve $28,715 to repair and upgrade a ladder truck.

The police department wants $40,000 to purchase and equip a new cruiser, as part of its planned equipment rotation.

Two articles deal with affordable housing. The first would transfer two parcels of land on Sixth Street from the tax collector to selectmen. The second asks voters to authorize selectmen to dispose of the parcels for affordable housing purposes.

Another article asks the town to appropriate $256,000 to pay initial costs for dredging a portion of Sengekontacket Pond in the part of the pond that lies in Oak Bluffs. Oak Bluffs will reimburse Edgartown for the use of the town-owned dredge, by making payment into the town’s general fund.

Other articles include: a request for $8,988 to correct a payroll discrepancy for summer police officers; $1,972 to pay old bills; reclassifying personnel positions at the council on aging; and permission to use surplus grant funds to purchase pumps for the Island Grove sewer project.