Tisbury selectmen Jeff Kristal and Tristan Israel have concluded a new agreement with the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District. Presented by Department of Public Works director Fred LaPiana at a meeting this past Tuesday, April 24th, the agreement would allow for the disposal of Tisbury’s solid waste at the Crapo Hill landfill at a better price than SEMASS offered, with prospects for long-term savings. Mr. Kristal commended him for his work in bringing the agreement to fruition.
Mr. Israel acted as chairman for the three-hour meeting, in the absence of selectman Geoghan Coogan.
In response to questions from Mr. Israel, Mr. LaPiana said his discussions continue with the Steamship Authority about how to reduce the costs of transporting garbage, including the possible use of barges, and with other Island towns about creating a regional refuse collection system.
The selectmen also held a public hearing about a possible amendment to a regulation that allows only two commercial shellfish limits to be landed per boat, per day. The hearing stemmed from a written request from commercial fisherman Glenn Pachico in February, asking the selectmen to consider changing the regulation to allow a family with several permitted members, such as his, to share a boat or boats.
At the hearing Mr. Pachico and his son Tyler argued that the regulation hampers commercial fishermen’s ability to pursue their livelihood, especially younger ones who cannot afford their own boats. Members of the shellfish advisory committee recommended against the amendment. Dr. Henry Neider said the committee is trying to help the commercial fishermen with regulations that limit catches to lengthen the season.
The selectmen were at odds, with Mr. Kristal in favor of the shellfish advisory committee’s recommendation and Mr. Israel in support of the amendment. After more than an hour of debate, they voted to take no action and closed the hearing.
In other business, the selectmen voted to install a stop sign at the intersection of Daggett Avenue and North William Street and to appoint Stephanie Andrade to the unpaid position of assistant emergency management director. They also approved a common victualler’s license for Mon Amour Restaurant, whose Grand Opening was this past weekend, April 26 to 29, at 395 State Road.