No Cafe Moxie this year
Despite hopes that Café Moxie might be rebuilt and open by July 4, the first anniversary of its destruction by fire, co-owner Paul Currier told the Tisbury selectmen Tuesday that construction has been delayed, possibly until September. The restaurant will not be open in 2009.
"A lot of it has to do with insurance money and waiting to be paid," Mr. Currier said.
The selectmen said they want the sidewalks by the restaurant on Center and Main Streets repaired and replaced.
Besides the discouraging Moxie news, a dog hearing and discussions about energy issues occupied the Tisbury selectmen Tuesday.
In a dog complaint hearing at 6 pm, Justin Sindorf and his wife Katherine Daniels-Sindorf described an incident on February 18, when their pet Embden goose died after an attack by a dog owned by Deborah Hart. Susie, a two-and-a-half-year-old brindle-colored hound mix, was unleashed and running loose around the Owen Park area, when she attacked the goose on the Sindorfs' waterfront property.
Although Ms. Sindorf rescued the injured bird from the dog, it had to be euthanized by a veterinarian. Ms. Hart already has paid a portion of the $700 vet bill and sent a letter of apology to the Sindorfs.
Ms. Hart said she took full responsibility and admitted she had knowingly broken the leash law several times. Tisbury animal control officer Laurie Clements confirmed that Ms. Hart had been fined three times for violations last summer.
At Ms. Clements's recommendation, the selectmen voted to order the dog restrained by its owner for one year, and required Ms. Hart to post a $200 bond and take the dog for obedience training.
"I appreciate your honesty - I really hope this time you will take this very seriously," selectman chairman Denys Wortman told Ms. Hart. Ms. Sindorf gave her a hug afterwards.
After a second, briefer hearing, the selectmen approved a lodging house license application for the Tashmoo Boarding House at 324 Main Street. Owners Elizabeth and Roger Hunt plan to rent seven rooms once renovations are done.
Department of Public Works (DPW) director Fred LaPiana reported that work on underground electrical hook-ups on Union Street will begin the evening of April 15, and continue through the end of the month. Water Street will be repaved at some time in May.
Mr. LaPiana said the Tisbury Water Works will finish replacing water lines on North William Street and Greenwood, Tashmoo, and Fairfield Avenues at the end of April. Repaving the roads is scheduled for May 4.
Shellfish constable Derek Cimeno requested a Shellfish Trust transfer of $17,828 to purchase 800 bags of mixed quahog stock for relay and to cover expenses for assistance from DPW employees to scatter them. Mr. Cimeno said he is hoping volunteers will do most of the work. The trust funds used are generated from shellfish program receipts.