The selectmen voted unanimously to accept a donation of an all terrain vehicle (ATV) from the West Tisbury Firemen’s Civic Association at their meeting Wednesday. Fire chief Manuel Estrella, III announced the gift, a six wheeler that can carry 7 to 8 people. The civic association funds for the purchase came from donations. The ATV cost around $26,000.
Mr. Estrella said he expects the fire department’s new $400,000 brush truck to arrive late this month or early in October. It will replace the 1964 model now in service.
In other business at their Wednesday meeting, selectmen set November 5 for the fall special town meeting. Deadline for warrant articles will be September 23.
Board of health agent John Powers announced that the Island boards of health are proposing Island-wide fertilizer regulations, with the goal of reducing nitrogen runoff. The regulations would have to go into effect before January 1, 2014, when new state fertilizer regulations that do not address nitrogen issues would be in place. The state regulations allow for the Cape and Islands to adapt more restrictive regulations if they are implemented before or at the time the state laws go into effect. Mr. Powers said that the boards of health plan to solicit the public comment at public.
Selectmen granted an event permit for the annual Fall Harvest Festival, to be held Friday, October 4. at the Grange Hall and October 5 at the Ag Hall
Selectmen Cynthia Mitchell and Skip Manter voted yes, selectman Richard Knabel no to signal their opposition to news in a letter of intent from NSTAR, which proposes to change the price in a power purchase agreement from .0716 to .08102 cents per kilowatt hour, in line with the projected range of change allowed in an earlier agreement setting the price of power to be paid by the town in conjunction with the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC) project to install photovoltaic panels over the old town landfill.
The selectmen added Maria McFarland, administrator of the town conservation commission, Mr. Knabel, and Sheri Caseau, Martha’s Vineyard Commission water resources planner, to the Mill Brook RFP review committee.