Edgartown selectmen approve new alcohol, taxi licenses


In a courtesy call to Edgartown selectmen Monday, local businessman Brion McGroarty said he intends to seek permits to transfer his alcohol license to the building where Nectar’s and Flatbread Pizza now operate adjacent to the Martha’s Vineyard Airport.

He now operates Town Provision Company on Mayhew Lane, and once owned the Wharf Pub.

He said he intends to build an addition to the Nectar’s building to house a new package store.

“Before I go through all the lengthy permitting, I want to make sure that your board knew that’s the direction we’re going,” Mr. McGroarity told selectmen. “We’re a long way off, but I wanted to make sure that you knew about it.”

Also Monday, selectmen approved a seasonal beer and wine license for Black Sheep Charcuterie, a new market on North Summer Street.

Owner Mark Venette wants to attract summer diners to sample wines, cheese, and other foods.

“There’s no bar; table seating only from 6 pm to 10 pm,” Mr. Venette said.

Selectmen voted the license contingent on a permit approved by the zoning board of appeals, which has scheduled a hearing on May 4.

Selectmen also approved a taxi license for Joe Sutton, who appealed a denial of a license by police chief Tony Bettencourt.

Chief Bettencourt said he did not oppose the application, but under the town’s bylaws, he had no option but to deny it, because Mr. Sutton had a record of an offense in another state, unrelated to driving. Privacy laws prevented Mr. Bettencourt from detailing the nature of the offense.

Chief Bettencourt said he would submit new language to the selectmen that would give him more discretion in approving or denying licenses.

All of the town’s taxi owners were at the meeting for an annual hearing before selectmen. Considering the rising cost of fuel, taxi owner John Klingensmith asked selectmen to consider raising the optional fuel surcharge from $3 to $5.

The surcharge is now applied at the discretion of the driver. Selectmen directed the taxi owners to meet with Chief Bettencourt and work out a more specific plan to apply the surcharge.

In other action, selectmen renewed appointments for a long list of town boards and committees, and made three new appointments. They appointed newly elected library trustee John Avakian to the library design committee, Richelle O’Neil to the beautification committee, and Christine White to the council on aging.

Selectmen encourage interested residents to apply for several appointed positions that remain vacant, including seats on the council on aging, by-ways committee, affordable housing trust, and the Martha’s Vineyard cultural council.