Tisbury selectmen set beer and wine hearing
At the Tisbury selectmen's meeting Tuesday, town administrator John Bugbee reported that a joint House and Senate Committee on Consumer Protection will hold a hearing at 10 am on Oct. 9, on a bill regarding Tisbury's home rule petition request to place a question on the ballot regarding beer and wine sales.
Mr. Bugbee said he plans to attend the hearing, as does Rep. Eric Turkington, and both will read a statement in support of the town's request. Since the bill is making progress on Beacon Hill, the selectmen agreed it would be a good time to hold a public hearing to discuss possible rules and regulations. So, they will convene a hearing on Oct. 16, at 5:30 pm.
In other business, the selectmen reviewed Main Street parking rules, focusing on loading zones and delivery trucks. They voted to post signs banning parking by cars in loading zones on Main, Center, Church, and Union Streets from 6 am to 5 pm. Although the selectmen discussed possibly limiting the size of delivery trucks on Main Street to 24 feet after 11 am, they agreed they would like comments from Island truck drivers on the rule and will invite them to an upcoming meeting to discuss the pros and cons.
In follow-up to discussion at their last meeting about handicapped parking spaces in the Water Street parking lot, the selectmen approved plans to add a handicapped space at the end of the row closest to the entrance of Stop and Shop, near the sidewalk. Final striping and other finishing touches on the lot will be done next spring, the selectmen agreed.
On the advice of town counsel, the selectmen signed an agreement with the Hall family regarding an easement on property they own behind the comfort station in the Water Street parking lot, allowing for egress by police cars and ambulances.
The selectmen also approved shellfish constable Derek Cimeno's recommendations for scallop season opening dates: Outside ponds, off Tashmoo and Vineyard Haven Harbor, family, Oct. 13; commercial, Oct. 15. Lagoon Pond and Lake Tashmoo, family, Nov. 3; commercial, Nov. 5.
In addition, the selectmen approved a request from the Vineyard Haven Public Library board to form a search committee to find candidates for a new library director to replace Marjorie Holmes, who announced her resignation, effective Nov. 2.