Groundbreaking Sunday for Tisbury’s new ESF


A groundbreaking ceremony for Tisbury’s new emergency services facility (ESF) will take place at 1 pm, Sunday, April 25, at the former site of the town hall annex on West Spring Street. Parking is available across the street at Tisbury School.

ESF building chairman Joe Tierney already has a shiny new shovel ready for the occasion. Tisbury Firefighters Association donated the tool, purchased from Merry Gardeners in Roseville, Calif.

Mr. Tierney said in an email yesterday to The Times that he Googled “groundbreaking shovels” to find the polished chrome tool with an ash handle.

The ESF building committee oversaw the demolition project this week to tear down the old Town Hall Annex and Department of Public Works garage.

Maciel and Sons owner Troy Maciel, a current member of Tisbury Ladder Co. 651, donated heavy equipment used for the demolition, and employee John Stevenson did the work.

Remo Fullin Jr., owner of R.L. Fullin and Daughters and former Ladder Co. 651 member, donated services and equipment to haul concrete to Goodale’s for recycling.

The town put out bids and hired Bruno’s Rolloff for construction debris hauling and disposal, and R.M. Packer for oil tank removal.

Although delays in moving annex operations to temporary offices at 66 High Point Lane pushed the ESF project’s start by general contractor Seaver Construction, of Woburn, back by seven weeks, Mr. Tierney said the company was prepared for a quick start once demolition was completed yesterday.

Vineyard Land Surveying marked bounds this week, and C.R. Merrill is clearing the site. Rough excavation by C&C Construction of South Dennis begins tomorrow. The tentative date for the ESF’s completion is May 21, 2011, Mr. Tierney said.