Tisbury tackles parking and planning issues
The Tisbury selectmen addressed some parking and planning issues and followed up on town projects at a meeting Tuesday night at the Katharine Cornell Theatre.
They also heard a preliminary report from consultant Robert Wasserman about the town's police department.
The selectmen approved some parking rule changes in response to interim police chief Dan Hanavan's requests. Chief Hanavan said that drivers had complained that parked cars along the shoulder of Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road block their sightlines for turning from Skiff Road.
The selectmen approved a no-parking regulation and the addition of a sign to that effect on the south side of Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road 40 feet from the Skiff Road intersection. They also approved changing the no-parking hours on Main Street to 12 am to 6 am. Fire Chief John Schilling reported that the DeSorcy Company is progressing on repairs to the fire station on Beach Road after a truck hit and damaged the building around 8 pm on Friday, June 19.
Chief Schilling said the driver of a small Chevy pickup truck said it lost its brakes as he drove down State Road toward Five Corners. After sideswiping a car, he veered his truck into the fire station to bring it to a stop and the impact knocked the entire northeast corner of the building off its foundation, Chief Schilling said. The driver and his passenger were not hurt.
Harbormaster Jay Wilbur said his department has been very busy, with the recent Vineyard Cup racing, the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club Regatta, and a bad storm. Since last weekend's Monster Shark Tournament took up much of the Oak Bluffs harbormaster's time, Mr. Wilbur said he responded to most of the calls on the Lagoon for both towns.
Selectman Jeff Kristal suggested that Mr. Wilbur confer with town administrator John Bugbee and town accountant Suzanne Kennedy to determine the extent and value of in-kind services he provides. Mr. Wilbur added that the there is a good relationship between both departments and a lot of give and take.
Emergency services facility (ESF) chairman Joe Tierney said plans for a proposed new building on Spring Street for the fire department, ambulance department, and emergency management services will be provided to a cost estimator on August 7.
The second half of a traffic study around the Tisbury School, which is located across from the ESF site, will be completed, with $10,980 in funds already allocated for the design phase.
Planning board co-chairman Tony Peak said after looking at all the options, the board recommends relocating the town hall annex offices to either a temporary trailer or a new building on the DPW property off High Point Lane.
Mr. Peak, co-chairman Henry Stephenson, and planning board member Robert Aldrin met jointly with the selectmen to approve the appointment of Daniel J. Seidman to the board.