Eleven North offers new disabled access plan

Owners of the building that housed Eleven North restaurant in Edgartown have proposed a new plan to allow access for people with disabilities. — File photo by Michelle Gross

The owners of Eleven North restaurant in Edgartown presented a new plan to allow access for people with disabilities at a meeting of Edgartown selectmen Monday night. An extensive renovation of the former David Ryan’s restaurant in 2012 triggered regulations that require access for people with disabilities. The restaurant operated under a temporary reprieve in 2012 and 2013.

The former restaurant operators were at odds with selectmen and the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board over the issue. Previously, selectmen rejected a proposal for a wheelchair lift that would have required the use a loading zone on Mayhew Lane.

On Monday, John Roberts, one of the owners of the building occupied by Eleven North, asked selectmen to consider a wheelchair lift that would settle on the sidewalk owned by the town.

“I’m hopeful we’ve found a solution,” Mr. Roberts said. The latest plan would install a motorized wheelchair lift that would travel on a rail from the entry way on North Water Street, and settle on the town-owned sidewalk.

“The only time town property would be affected would be in the two to three minutes for the lift to fold down, and for the wheelchair to drive on it,” Mr. Roberts said. He estimated the lift would be used 5 to 15 times per year.

Selectmen Art Smadbeck and Michael Donaroma indicated initial support for the concept.

“I think it sounds like a good solution,” Mr. Smadbeck said.

“It kind of makes sense,” Mr. Donaroma said.

But selectman Margaret Serpa wanted to seek the opinion of other town officials.

“I’d like to ask the building inspector for his input,” Ms. Serpa said, “and maybe you could question the town counsel about liability, and see if we need any relief for that.”

Selectmen took the proposal under advisement, and said they might vote on the plan at their next meeting.

Also Monday, town administrator Pam Dolby informed selectmen that two people who were selected following interviews for the part-time position of procurement officer, turned down the town’s job offer.

“Neither one wants the job because of the pay,” Ms. Dolby said. The job posting lists a range of salaries defined by the town’s classification and compensation plan starting at $22.38 per hour for step 1, to $28.29 per hour for step 7. Ms. Dolby said she will ask the personnel committee to reconsider the salary.

“Until we resolve this, Jen (O’Hanlon) has agreed to stay on,” Ms. Dolby said. “She’ll still be very part time, but she’ll do the best she can.”