Tisbury selectmen approve two-day closure for Center Street

Michael Cummo

The Tisbury selectmen met in regular session Tuesday night, following an executive session that included two department of public works (DPW) grievance hearings.

Selectmen Jon Snyder (chairman) and Melinda Loberg approved a request from roofing contractor Christopher Cottrell to close Center Street for two weekdays in order to replace the roof on the building where Mardell’s gift store is located. Mr. Cottrell was instructed to coordinate the project with emergency services departments, the building and zoning department, and abutters. He said the work would be scheduled subject to weather, and take place between 8 am and 4 pm on two consecutive days.

Ms. Loberg brought up the subject of ocean sand mining and concerns raised by Islanders about possible areas for a pilot program the state is considering between the north shore of Martha’s Vineyard and Cuttyhunk. She and Mr. Snyder voted to ask town administrator Jay Grande to draft a letter to the state outlining Tisbury’s concerns.

In other business, the selectmen voted to reappoint George Balco as Tisbury’s representative to the Steamship Authority’s Port Council for a term of two years. They also approved a three-year contract, with an option for an additional two years, with the town’s longstanding auditors, Scanlon and Associates.

In addition, the selectmen discussed and approved a letter drafted by the Planning Board regarding the town’s design preferences for improvements to Beach Road proposed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

At Planning Board chairman Dan Seidman’s suggestion, the selectmen agreed to ask the department of public works to spruce up and replace missing letters on the sign that welcomes visitors to Vineyard Haven near the Steamship Authority.

Mr. Snyder noted that Selectman Tristan Israel was absent, due to illness, but is on the mend. “I hope all of you will keep him in your thoughts,” Ms. Loberg said.