Tisbury selectmen focus on energy, electric and solar


After a catch-up meeting a week ago, the Tisbury selectmen met again Tuesday night at the Senior Center. The bulk of the meeting focused on questions and discussion they had with NSTAR representatives Jerry McDermott, community relations, Karen Corriveau, rights and permits, and John Dumas, supervisor of electrical operations.

The utility reps attended the meeting for a public hearing on the installation of six mid-span poles on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road. Mr. Dumas explained that engineers determined that larger poles were necessary to handle the weight of a second circuit of wires that is being added. Selectman Tristan Israel asked whether tandem poles would remain. Mr. Dumas said no, that extra poles are removed as Comcast and Verizon crews transfer their wires to the new poles.

Mr. Israel voted to approve NSTAR’s petition to install the new poles, along with selectman chairman Jeff Kristal and selectman Jon Snyder.

The representatives also answered the selectmen’s questions about NSTAR’s vegetation management plan, which involves herbicide application along the ground under power lines in Tisbury, and a hybrid cable project with Comcast. Mr. McDermott said the herbicide application is subject to rigorous state and Federal regulations. It would involve five to six men with backpack containers that spray specific plant species along the ground under power lines in Tisbury. Mr. Israel suggested that NSTAR speak with Tisbury’s board of health as a courtesy.

In regard to the undersea cable project , Mr. McDermott said the target date for drilling for the cable is some time in October. Public works director Fred LaPiana asked Mr. McDermott to find out if it might be possible for the town to access fiber optic strands included in the cable.

In other business, the selectmen said no to building and zoning inspector Ken Barwick’s request for funds for a consultant to design a storage unit for town paperwork at the annex trailers. They suggested that he put in a request for community preservation funds through the Community Preservation Committee this fall.

The selectmen voted to approve a six-month building permit application for the installation of a solar array by American Capital Energy project at the landfill, through the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative. They also approved the appointment of Marilyn Susan Yas as a crossing guard and Polly Brown, Hyung S. Lee, Alan Bresnick, and Robert Fuller as members of a town parking lot planning and design committee.

Now that the weather is cooler, the selectmen plan to hold their next meeting on October 1 at town hall instead of the Senior Center.