Tisbury special town election on Tuesday
The Tuesday election is a double-header for Tisbury. In addition to the state special primary, voters will be asked to vote in a special town election.
The town election ballot includes five Proposition 2.5 override questions that correspond to borrowing articles approved by voters at a special town meeting (STM) on November 17.
A vote on question 1 represents the culmination of a long process to bring the town's proposed new $6.8 million emergency services facility (ESF) project on Spring Street to fruition. ("Tisbury votes $6.8 M for ESF building," MV Times, Nov. 19.)
Voters will be asked to authorize the town to borrow funds to construct an approximately 18,500-square-foot building to house the town's fire, ambulance, and emergency management services departments.
The planned site for the ESF is across the street from Tisbury School where the town hall annex offices are currently located.
Question 2 asks voters to approve an override to borrow $115,000 for costs associated with relocating operations such as the health department, planning board, and building and zoning office.
The plan is to move town hall annex employees temporarily to leased trailers at a site on High Point Lane, near the animal control building.
Question 5 asks voters to approve an override to pay the final debt service payment for a bond originally issued in 2001 for costs related to the landfill closure, as voted at the April 1999 annual town meeting.
Although questions 3 and 4 remain on the ballot, they correspond to borrowing articles voters did not approve at special town meeting for money to install solar photovoltaic arrays on the new ESF roof. The consensus was that the expense could be postponed and the arrays added later, possibly at less cost.