Tisbury selectmen postpone decision on CVEC contract


Following a two-hour session executive session Tuesday night, the Tisbury selectmen postponed a decision on signing a revised contract for the town’s solar array project with the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC). During the regular meeting that preceded the executive session, town administrator Jay Grande said the contract changes had to do with a shift in liability for the town.

The selectmen met in executive session with CVEC Special Project Coordinator Liz Argo, Eric McLean of American Capital Energy, the solar project contractor, and Tisbury CVEC representative Bill Straw. In a phone conversation yesterday with The Times, selectman chairman Jeff Kristal said the board decided to take no action until town counsel reviews the document again to consider possible changes.

In their regular meeting, the selectmen reviewed draft warrant articles for a special town meeting to be held on December 10. They also voted to approve a draft letter written by town administrator Jay Grande to the Kingsbury Group Corporation, which proposes to set up a medical marijuana dispensary in Oak Bluffs.

One of the possible sites straddles the border of Oak Bluffs and Tisbury. Mr. Grande wrote that Tisbury has no moratorium on setting up a dispensary, and that the site is located in the B-2 business district, which already has zoning in place. “The town looks forward to a positive relationship,” he said.

In other business, the selectmen voted to apppoint Max Sherman as a Tisbury special police officer and Noavakay Wibel to the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council. They also heard and discussed a request from Adult Community Education program leaders for town funds, and they agreed to support a plan to clear trees and vegetation on town-owned land in the Tashmoo overlook viewshed.