Edgartown selectmen complete to-do list in four flat


Edgartown selectmen handled a short list of municipal housekeeping chores Monday, in a meeting that lasted about four minutes.

“That might be a record,” chairman Art Smadbeck said, shortly after adjourning the regular Monday meeting.

Selectmen voted unanimously on several appointments. They tabbed Mort Fearey as the financial advisory committee representative to the dredge committee. They also appointed Senior Captain Charlie Smith and Captain Geoffrey Freeman to the board of fire engineers.

Selectmen agreed to support a joint effort with Oak Bluffs and Dukes County to come up with a solution to what many see as a dangerous design for the nearly completed big bridge on Beach Road. Town officials are concerned about people who sit on the railing prior to jumping off the bridge into the channel that connects Sengekontacket Pond with Nantucket Sound.

Although the practice is illegal it remains a popular summer pastime that officials are unable to control. The bridge railing is inches away from passing traffic.

Also approved by unanimous vote was a memorandum of understanding with U-Mass Dartmouth covering responsibilities for the town’s tidal energy project in Muskeget Channel. The school has secured grants to fund the project, which will generate energy from an underwater turbine.

“It’s not asking for any money from the town,” Mr. Smadbeck said. “We don’t have funds for the project, which is why we’re very grateful to U-Mass Dartmouth.”

Selectmen designated Karen Fuller as project manager.