Tisbury selectmen discuss ESF project close-out process

The Tisbury selectmen moved a step closer to completion of the emergency services facility (ESF) project Tuesday. In response to a request from town administrator John Bugbee, they voted to appoint selectman Jon Snyder to a committee to deal with the project’s closeout.

Mr. Bugbee said that MV Electric began installing air filtration units this week at the new building on West Spring Street that will house the town’s fire, emergency medical services, and emergency management departments. The work should be done in seven to 10 days, he said, and is “a key step to getting into that building.”

In an update from the ESF building committee chairman, Joe Tierney said that White Brothers-Lynch Corporation, the asphalt pavement contractor, has agreed to retest the quality of the asphalt at its own expense. The contractor has disputed a report from a pavement specialist the town hired to do a previous analysis. Mr. Tierney said the retesting would take about three weeks.

Mr. Tierney said bids recently received for the project’s landscaping contract came in too high. The selectmen approved the committee’s recommendation to scale back the planting and put the project out to rebidding in mid-July.

In other business, the selectmen approved a transfer request from shellfish constable Danielle Ewart for $3,050 for supplies and equipment for 13 rafts to grow quahog and steamer seed.

The selectmen also made a plan with Mark Cladianor of Alpha Contracting to help prevent a repeat of last week’s closure of town hall, due to fumes from a paint stripping chemical.

Mr. Cladianor said it had been difficult to complete the work, which involved stripping multiple layers of old paint during the recent bout of rainy weather. Mr. Kristal suggested that Mr. Cladianor and his crew strip paint on the side of the building where offices are located on the weekend, when employees aren’t there.