Chilmark selectman Warren Doty will look into using bio-diesel to fuel town school buses. At the selectmen's meeting on Nov. 20, Mr. Doty said he has spoken to the fleet director for school buses in Keene, New Hampshire, where bio-diesel is used. Mr. Doty will get a cost comparison from the R.M. Packer Company, to see if bio-diesel is competitive with regular diesel.
In other business, the selectmen reported on articles for the upcoming special town meeting and awarded a contract to Carl Flanders to make the repairs to replace the roof over the kitchen on the Chilmark Community Center. And the selectmen continue to work on a plan to replace 70 planks on the Fill/West Dock in Menemsha, but a completion date is not available.
Selectmen have discussed with a contractor repairs to the Squibnocket Beach parking lot revetment. Repairs at the Crossroad Fire Station have been put on hold until the Chilmark Community Center repairs are completed. The fuel tank at the former Menemsha School, now the police station, will be replaced in February or March.
At the State House, legislation to allow the Engley Land Swap went before the House counsel to make adjustments to the wording. Mr. Doty will monitor progress on Beacon Hill, and the town will move ahead with subdivision plans for the affordable housing lots associated with the swap.