Tisbury selectmen approve paid parking plan at Park and Ride lot

Tisbury selectmen approve paid parking plan at Park and Ride lot

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The Tisbury selectmen have approved a plan for a new paid parking system at the Park and Ride lot at High Point Lane, to be implemented later this year.

Town administrator John Bugbee presented the selectmen with a plan Tuesday that followed on the selectmen’s agreement in May to lease a ticket dispenser, with an option to buy, on a trial basis. The town allows up to seven days of free parking at the lot, but has no effective way to enforce that limit, Mr. Bugbee explained. Different restrictions and fees apply to commercial vehicles, based on size.

Mr. Bugbee said he sought advice about a suitable system from John Morgan Metric Parking (JMMP), the company that would lease the machine to the town.

Since the lot is so well used, Department of Public Works director Fred LaPiana said it would be difficult to empty the lot in order to paint numbers on each spot. As an alternative, JMMP suggested setting up a ticket dispenser that requires people to enter their license plate number when they pay for a parking space, which would make it easier for Tisbury Police to determine violations.

Although Mr. Bugbee did not propose a date for ticketing to begin, the selectmen approved his plan in concept. In response to a question from The Times, Mr. Bugbee said in an email yesterday he hopes to have the system in place by Thanksgiving.

In other business, the selectmen approved police Chief Daniel Hanavan’s recommendation to appoint Christopher Brown as a special police officer. They also led the audience in applause in acknowledgement of Mr. Brown’s recent return from a yearlong tour in Afghanistan as a member of the Army National Guard. Prior to his deployment, he worked as a temporary Chilmark police officer and graduated from the police academy.

The selectmen also approved selectman Jeff Kristal’s recommendation to appoint Christopher Cini, a paramedic for the Tisbury Ambulance Service, as a temporary emergency management director and to consider him for the permanent position. Mr. Cini will work with Mr. Kristal, who was appointed interim emergency management director two weeks ago, following Richard Townes’s resignation.