Edgartown selectmen call for more participation on town committees


Edgartown selectmen Monday put out a call for residents to serve on town boards. These include the affordable housing trust, the by-ways committee, capital programs committee, conservation commission, council on aging, Katama airfield commission, marine advisory committee, MV cultural council, personnel board, ponds advisory committee, and the shellfish committee.

Selectmen urged any interested applicants to submit a letter to the board of selectmen by Friday, May 2.

In other business, Colin Butler,  the owner of Adam Cab Company, asked board approval to sell his company’s license to a new owner.

“I’m here to inform the board that I am attempting to sell my company and ask permission to do something that has never been done before,” Mr. Butler said.  

Mr. Butler told selectmen he would like to sell his company, but in order to make it more cost-effective to a potential buyer, he wants to split the company in two parts.

“It seems to be out of reach for a lot of people,” Mr. Butler said.

Edgartown town administrator Pamela Dolby told Mr. Butler that in order to sell his licence, a public hearing would be necessary. “There’s a process and it requires a public hearing,” she said.

Also on the Monday agenda, Jeff Agnoli asked selectmen to support a resolution to shut down the Pilgrim power plant in Plymouth.“We missed getting this article on the town warrant so this is an attempt to speak with a unified voice to eventually have every Island town act in accordance with the resolution,” he said.

Mr. Agnoli said that 15 towns on the Cape had voted by a landslide to support the resolution in 2013.

In lieu of a resolution from town meeting, selectmen agreed to ask town counsel for advice on how to word a letter selectmen plan to sign on Monday.

Selectmen also approved a request to transfer $10,000 from the reserve fund to the town building inspector’s salary. “That money will all come back to the town,” Ms. Dolby said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly implied that selectmen did not support the Pilgrim power plant resolution. Also, the story incorrectly reported the $10,000 transfer was to the assessor’s account.