Edgartown special town meeting lacks quorum


Edgartown fell 44 voters short of a quorum last Thursday night. That left undone the work of a special town meeting that included several spending questions.

A total of 118 voters turned out on a foggy evening. A quorum required 162.

After voters had departed, town administrator Pamela Dolby said the meeting would not be rescheduled anytime soon. The ten articles on the warrant will instead be decided by voters at the annual town meeting in April or a special town meeting around the same time.

In the meantime selectmen will look to find the money for the Sengekontacket dredge project in the current fiscal year budget. Several other spending articles will be put off entirely until next year.

These include $37,456 in fire department salaries; $28,715 to repair the fire department’s ladder truck; $40,000 to purchase and equip a new police cruiser; $8,987 for back pay for one traffic officer and four special officers.

Also postponed was an article to amend the town personnel bylaw to delete several pay grades for employees of the council on aging, and a pair of articles asking to transfer control of two parcels from the tax collector to the board of selectmen so they can be used for affordable housing.