Tisbury selectmen hike parking fines

Tisbury selectmen have agreed to raise fines from $15 to $25, for overtime parking and for parking more than one foot from the curb, in the wrong direction, or at the wrong angle. The increase, approved Tuesday, followed a public hearing. In other parking related business, selectmen acted on a request from Vineyard Haven Public Library director Amy Ryan and approved placing parking signs on Main Street and Greenwood Avenue adjacent to the library that stipulate spaces are for library patrons only, from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Although Mr. Kristal asked whether the signs would be enforceable, Ms. Ryan and library trustee Marilyn Wortman said the purpose is to discourage people from parking in front of the library for days at a time. Selectmen also approved a request from superintendent of schools James Weiss to authorize Tisbury School principal John Custer to submit a letter of interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for a grant that would partially fund construction of a new school. Artist Julia Kidd received permission to put up a sign at the Tashmoo Overlook, from April 27 to May 12, telling passers-by, “Of Course, I Have Not Forgotten You.” Ms. Kidd, an artist and psychotherapist, previously erected signs around the Island. In earlier comments, she said her public art project is intended to inspire Island residents to focus on the positive aspects of their lives and feel good about themselves.