Carl Watt appointed to Edgartown library board


Updated 11 am, July 20

Edgartown selectmen unanimously appointed Carl Watt, chairman of the library building committee, to the library board of trustees at their Monday meeting.

Mr. Watt will replace Ned Southworth, who resigned. Under the town’s bylaws, Mr. Watt will serve until next spring’s annual elections and then must run for reelection.

Two letters came into the board of selectmen in response to advertisements calling for applicants, but a letter from Lori Herman requesting appointment missed the deadline by a matter of hours.

Selectmen thanked Ms. Hermann for her interest, but stuck to the letter of the law.

“A person who is certainly well qualified, and has been very active as a member of the building committee, I would say we consider that person,” selectman Margaret Serpa said. “It’s unfortunate we didn’t get the other letter submitted under the time the advertisement said.”

Library officials expect to here today whether the town will receive a $5.6 million state construction grant for the $11 million project.

Also Monday, shellfish constable Paul Bagnall reported that recreational shellfish activity is down this year, a development he attributes to economic hardship.

Mr. Bagnall also alerted selectmen to a public hearing scheduled by the shellfish committee at town hall on August 2 at 7 pm.

The hearing will gather public opinion on whether the town should expand its shellfish relay program from Sengekontacket Pond to Katama Bay.

In past years, the town has relayed quahog clams from the Taunton River estuary to Sengekontacket Pond, where they purify themselves over time, and become clean enough to harvest. However, for most of the past four summers, including this summer, state officials ordered Sengekontacket Pond closed to shellfishing because of high levels of bacteria contamination.

This article was updated to reflect a correction. The original article identified an applicant for the library board of trustees as Elizabeth Hermann. The applicant is Lori Herman.