Tisbury selectmen open cable TV contract discussions


The Tisbury selectmen approved a request from Department of Public Works director Fred LaPiana for $4,000 from the town’s budget for legal expenses to be used as Tisbury’s share of legal fees when Island towns jointly negotiate a new contract cable television contract.

Talk about cable television issues dominated the Tisbury selectmen’s meeting Tuesday night. The Island’s 10-year contract with cable provider Comcast expires next June.

Julienne Turner attended the meeting Tuesday to introduce herself as the new executive director of MVTV, a non-profit, local access organization funded by revenues from Comcast, the current cable provider. Ms. Turner said she looks for details about community concerns and needs. She said she will be a resource in upcoming discussions about the Comcast contract. Selectman Jeff Kristal urged all cable subscribers to become actively involved in the process.

The selectmen voted to put a proposal to the town’s Community Preservation Committee (CPC) for funds to hire a consultant for advice on establishing a town housing trust and to request $50,000 from Community Preservation Act funds fund the trust initially.

In other business, they reappointed John Schilling as fire chief for a one-year term through June 30, 2011; approved town administrator John Bugbee’s plan to appoint a committee for legal services procurement; and referred harbor master Jay Wilbur’s proposal to change boater fees to the Tashmoo management committee.

The selectmen’s next meeting has been changed from election day, Tuesday, November 2, to Thursday, November 4, at 5 pm at Tisbury town hall.