More trees spared the axe in Edgartown

Edgartown selectmen said no to taking down two pin oaks in front of this home at 87 Pease's Way Point North. They want the homeowner to trim the trees first. — George Brennan

Selectmen refused a request by a homeowner to have two pin oak trees removed in front of a home at 87 Pease’s Point Way North.

By a vote of 3-0, the board instead asked the homeowner’s arborist, Jon Fragosa of Fragosa Landscaping, to attempt to trim the trees.

“Can’t we just prune them first before we take them down?” Selectman Margaret Serpa said. “That might be a first step.”

The homeowner had hoped to replace the two 30-foot trees with dogwoods, but selectmen, after consulting with highway superintendent Stuart Fuller, decided to spare the trees during the shade tree hearing.

Even Mr. Fragosa said they are “nice trees,” but the homeowner is worried that utility crews will do a poor job pruning to keep the branches away from power lines.

In other business, the board unanimously supported a liquor license for 19 Raw, a new oyster bar proposed for 19 Church Street. Owner Joe Montero hopes to “bring something different” to the Edgartown business district. The oyster bar will feature all local products, with 20 seats inside and 30 on a patio outside, he said.

The board also approved fireworks for a June 10 wedding at the Harbor View. The approval includes conditions of providing a $5,000 retainer for the fire department, three to five detail officers, and possibly a monitor to protect a piping plover nest.

Construction on the downtown sidewalks is 50 percent complete, Mr. Fuller told the board. The work is completed for the season, and town parking is cleaned up and waiting for summer visitors, he told the board. Weather played a role in slowing the $500,000 project, he said.