West Tisbury selectmen discuss electric co-op membership


West Tisbury selectmen expressed concern about the town’s membership in the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC) when they met Wednesday, July 10.

Town Administrator Jennifer Rand, who is also the town’s CVEC representative, said the CVEC is looking at requiring representatives to attend a minimum of meetings in order to remain voting directors. She said the town would remain a member even if it were to lose voting status.

The CVEC provides the municipalities of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard with a way to work together on renewable energy projects.

Selectman Richard Knabel said he read the CVEC bylaws and was startled to learn that membership in the CVEC may come with capital investment requirements above and beyond the $25 membership fee. He said that could have implications for the town if and when the CVEC takes on large photo-voltaic capital projects. The selectmen took no action.

Ms. Rand introduced new tax assessor Dawn Barnes, who started her job in May. Ms. Barnes said that her new job is interesting but not unlike that of her previous jobs in Western Massachusetts where she was the elected tax assessor in Wilbraham and assistant assessor in Hampden, simultaneously. She said that she has visited the Vineyard for many years and knows the Island well.

Ms. Rand reported that the purchase of a new highway department truck was delayed because the dealership neglected to place the order with the factory. They blamed it on a computer problem, she said.

In other business the selectmen granted a one-day beer and wine license for the Edgartown Board of Trade dinner with the Island Grown Initiative at the Ag Hall. Selectmen appointed recently retired building inspector Ernie Mendenhall temporary building inspector until his replacement is found.

Selectmen Skip Manter and Mr. Knabel also approved requests to seek the advice of town counsel on two issues related to a denied septic permit and a house inspection. Selectman Cynthia Mitchell did not attend the meeting.