Tisbury selectman Geoghan Coogan will step down


Tisbury selectman chairman Geoghan Coogan announced he would not seek reelection this spring at a meeting Tuesday night. Mr. Coogan said Jonathan Snyder, vice chairman of Tisbury’s Finance and Advisory Committee (FinCom), and former Tisbury selectman Tom Pachico filed papers to run for his seat. He wished them both good luck.

Mr. Coogan, an attorney, told The Times that his decision was made after considering how to balance the demands of being a selectman with his personal and professional life. He ran unopposed and was elected in 2009.

Mr. Coogan and selectman Jeff Kristal breezed through Tuesday’s meeting in less than an hour’s time. Selectman Tristan Israel was absent.

The selectmen reviewed the warrant articles for the town’s April 3 special town meeting and April 10 annual town meeting. FinCom chairman Larry Gomez followed up with a report on the FinCom’s recommendations.

Mr. Gomez said the FinCom advised pulling an article that would create a new part-time information technology director position. The FinCom also did not support an article that would create a full-time personnel director position and recommended that discussion continue about alternative options.

Mr. Gomez said the FinCom rejected a late-filed article to amend the town’s beer and wine legislation to allow farm-produced wines sold at the Down-Island Farmers Market and Artisans Festival.

In committee reports, chairman Melinda Loberg presented the Tashmoo Management Committee’s proposed plans for improvements at the Lake Street parking area, in conjunction with potential boat ramp improvements by the Massachusetts Office of Fishing and Boating Access.

In other business, the selectmen approved a petition from NSTAR to install 35 feet of underground cable and conduit at an affordable housing project at 129 Lake Street. They also approved seasonal beer and wine license renewals for the Blue Canoe Grill and Saltwater Restaurant, which both open on April 15.