Tisbury selectmen consider new stop sign on Main St.
The Tisbury selectmen bowed out of the Katharine Cornell Theatre for their meeting Tuesday night and met at the Tisbury Senior Center instead.
Due to safety concerns raised by community members, the selectmen scheduled a public hearing at 6:30 pm at their next meeting on June 30 to discuss the possibility of adding a stop sign at the intersection of Owen Little Way and Main Street.
In departmental reports, building and zoning inspector Ken Barwick presented plans for a new addition to the Tisbury Animal Control Facility, located at 66 High Point Lane. Voters already approved the funding.
Finance director Tim McLean announced that preliminary tax bills will be mailed out on June 24, and for the first time will include sewer betterment fees for property owners hooked up to the system. Selectman chairman Tristan Israel reminded that failure to pay the betterment fees, as well as the tax bill, could result in a lien on a taxpayer's home.
In other business, the selectmen set up a negotiations committee in preparation for upcoming contract negotiations for department of public works (DPW) union employees. They also approved establishing a committee to study funding of Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) for town employees.
Mr. Israel said that emergency management director Richard Townes resigned his position, which has been advertised. The selectmen approved setting up a committee to screen applicants.
In the selectmen's discussion session, Mr. Israel informed selectmen Geoghan Coogan and Jeff Kristal said that he and representatives from Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and Dukes County are working with the state's Public Access Board on draft plans for a possible access road at Eastville Beach.
The selectmen also gave approval to Elaine Weintraub and Carrie Tankard to pursue a second site in Tisbury for inclusion on the African-American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard.
Oak Bluffs celebration is a day and night affair
There will be plenty to do in Oak Bluffs on Saturday (Sunday if there is rain). The 18th Annual Oak Bluffs Harbor Festival begins at noon and ends at 5 pm.
But wait, there is more. The 4th Annual Summer Solstice celebration starts at 5 pm and ends at 11 pm.
Last year's Harbor Festival attracted a record 7,000 people and more than 40 vendors, according to the Oak Bluffs Association, sponsors of the event.
Daytime activities include pony rides, a climbing wall, and live music on the deck at Nancy's.
The lineup includes The Beetlebung Steel Band, Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, and Chad Burtch and Rocky.