Chilmark/Aquinnah boundary discussions to continue

Chilmark/Aquinnah boundary discussions to continue

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Chilmark and Aquinnah selectmen decided Tuesday to continue discussing the issues created by the boundary between the two towns that runs through several commercial lots along the southwest side of Menemsha Basin and along the northeast side of Menemsha Creek. There are six commercial properties on this spit of land that begins at the end of North Road by the Galley restaurant and ends at the Coast Guard dock.

The boundary creates a triangular piece of land that juts across the creek and into Menemsha Harbor and bisects two of the lots and fixes one lot entirely in Aquinnah. The primary issue concerns simplifying assessing procedures. The Chilmark selectmen hope to get the buildings in question “into one town or another.”

The selectmen decided against having the issue placed as an article on Chilmark’s December 9 special town meeting warrant. Selectman Beverly Wright of Aquinnah agreed to revisit the issue sometime after the New Year and “leave it open for a couple of weeks” for public debate before voting on what to do with the lots in question probably sometime next spring.