Oak Bluffs considers one-way plan for Dukes County Avenue


Oak Bluffs selectmen, at their Tuesday, October 18 meeting, considered a plan to make part of Dukes County Avenue one-way and set November 15 for a public hearing on the proposal.

Selectman Michael Santoro said the roads and byways committee discussed the plan to limit to one-way the narrow and congested roadway, from Wing Road to Masonic Avenue, with parking allowed on the left side of the street.

“I think a lot of the neighbors realize that for safety, something has to be done, and it has to be a compromise,” Mr. Santoro said.

The proposed one way traffic pattern would run from Wing Road heading northerly into town and stop at Masonic Avenue where two way traffic would resume.

The hearing will begin at 5:15 pm in the downstairs meeting room of the Oak Bluffs Library.

Officials scrapped a similar plan in April, 2010, after residents of Dukes County Avenue strenuously objected to the idea.

Selectmen also heard a proposal to hold outdoor events at Lola’s restaurant.

Christian Thornton, chef and owner of Atria in Edgartown, has an agreement to operate Lola’s next season. He wants to offer outdoor wedding receptions and other events. His application said seating would be limited to 285 people, the capacity of the indoor restaurant. He said events will conclude by 11 pm and will not include outside entertainment or amplified music. Selectmen set November 29 for a public hearing to gather information and listen to concerns from neighbors.

Selectmen agreed to support a plan to fund engineering work as the first step to repair erosion on the East Chop Bluff. The town will ask voters for $25,000 in Community Preservation Act funds.

Matthew Brackman told selectmen the Vineyard Warrior Triathlon on September 11 was a successful event that included 230 competitors. Selectmen agreed to meet with Mr. Brackman and park commissioners to plan some safety changes for next year’s event.

Selectmen agreed on the wording and time frame for an advertisement for a permanent town administrator. Though some selectmen have expressed strong support for interim town administrator Bob Whritenour, the advertisement will not include wording that indicates there is a strong in-house candidate for the position.

The board will ask its screening committee to submit final candidates by December 1.