Oak Bluffs moderator gives up gavel

Oak Bluffs moderator Dave Richardson will not be a candidate for reelection.

“I have had the pleasure and the honor of serving as town moderator for 12 years,” Mr. Richardson told selectmen at their regular meeting Tuesday. “I think it would be a good time to have somebody else do that.”

Mr. Richardson said the unexpected sale of his house factored into the decision, because he may not be a resident of Oak Bluffs next year. He said he and his wife will remain Island residents, and there will be no changes in his ownership or management of Tony’s Market.

In other actions, selectmen granted an entertainment license to the Oyster Bar Grille. The popular establishment allowed its entertainment license to lapse after some confusion about fire safety systems for nightclubs, as required by a 2004 state law.

Residents of the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association who live directly behind the restaurant and bar objected during a public hearing, and four residents sent letters opposing the license.

The license is good only to the early morning hours of January 1, 2011. The establishment must reapply for the license next year.

Town administrator Michael Dutton said the town hopes to secure a three-week extension to the deadline for dredging Sengekontacket Pond. The federal permit now requires work to be completed by January 15, but it is unlikely the dredge crew can finish by then. The town also has the option of finishing the project next fall.