Tisbury selectmen switch off on Comcast negotiations

Tisbury selectmen voted Tuesday to withdraw from negotiations with Comcast, the Island’s cable television provider. The selectmen said their action was a show of support for Edgartown.

The Edgartown selectmen announced recently that they would withdraw from the negotiations because of lack of a commitment from Comcast to provide cable television service to Chappaquiddick.

Comcast’s contract expired June 30, 2011, and has been extended three times, most recently until January 20.

The selectmen also hosted an affordable housing lottery conducted by Island Housing Trust executive director Philippe Jordi and Dukes County Regional Housing Authority administrator Terri Keech. Amy Nevin, one of two qualified applicants, won the opportunity to buy a $184,500 townhouse in Tisbury’s Lake Street affordable housing project.

Mr. Jordi said Richard Jacobs, the other applicant, would be able to pursue the purchase of another townhouse in the Lake Street project for $225,000.

In an update on the new Emergency Services Facility (ESF), building, committee chairman Joe Tierney said HKT Architects completed a punch list that will be submitted to general contractor Seaver Construction this week. Subcontractors will then have 30 days to complete the work.

The selectmen also held a beer and wine license public hearing and approved an application for Mon Amour. Chef/owner David Spooner plans to open his new French/American restaurant at 395 State Road in April.

In other business, the selectmen approved a request from assistant town administrator Aase Jones to send a written notice to Jamie Lynch, the owner of an abandoned 40-ft. sloop stored on town property, telling Mr. Lynch that he will have one month to remove the boat or the town will take possession.

The selectmen also reviewed and approved warrant articles they will submit for annual town meeting and appointed Ian Aitcheson as a Vineyard Haven Library trustee.