Edgartown voters will weigh in on roundabout


Acting on a citizen’s petition, Edgartown selectmen voted Monday to place a non-binding question about the roundabout on the annual town election ballot in April.

Town clerk Wanda Williams certified the 10 signatures. The question reads: “Should a roundabout be built at the blinker intersection?”

Opponents of the project are working to get a similar non-binding referendum question on the ballot in all Island towns.

In December 2011, Edgartown selectmen joined with West Tisbury selectmen in a legal challenge of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission approval of the roundabout as a development of regional impact. The two towns ended that lawsuit January 23, but not before incurring approximately $34,000 in legal costs.

Also Monday, Chappaquiddick ferry owner Peter Wells told selectmen that the On Time III, the larger of his two vessels, is back in service after three months of refit and repair.

With only the smaller vessel in service for the winter months, the town put temporary traffic lane markings in place to accommodate longer than normal lines which backed up Daggett Street onto on North Water Street. Mr. Wells said those traffic markings can now be removed.

“I don’t expect the line will back up around that corner until springtime,” Mr. Wells said after the meeting.