Edgartown selectmen sign off on county purchase of VNA building

Dukes County is leading an effort to win support for a municipal purchase of the now-empty former offices of the VNA for use as a home for the Center for Living. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

Edgartown selectmen Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with Dukes County that will allow the county to move forward, once it has all the Island towns on board, to purchase the old Vineyard Nursing Association building in Tisbury as a home for the Center for Living.

Selectman Art Smadbeck said the memorandum of understanding would allow the county to organize Center for Living activities on behalf of the towns. “The county’s going to play a role in this, and this has to do with creating a home for the Center for Living, and also running the programs,” Mr. Smadbeck said.

County commissioners approved the purchase of the building at their June 11 meeting, following approval of the $1.6 million purchase by voters at Island town meetings.

Fourth of July plans for Edgartown were also briefly mentioned Monday. Selectmen and town manager assistant Kristy Rose told selectmen that plans were going well, but that the town could use some more convertibles to carry town officials in the parade.

Selectmen also signed off on the annual 70.3-mile Vineyard Triathlon. Co-organizer Jennifer Passafiume told selectmen it will be exactly the same as the 2014 race. The triathlon will take place on Sept. 13, and will include a 56-mile-long bike route, a 1.2-mile open water swim, and a 13.1-mile run.

“We added a children’s triathlon this year, which I’m really excited about,” Ms. Passafiume told selectmen. The children’s race will be for 8- to 14-year-olds, she said, and will be abbreviated to a 200-yard swim, a 5-mile bike ride, and a 1.8-mile race.

The third race offered will be a sprint triathlon, which includes a 0.3-mile open water swim, a 13.1-mile bike ride, and a 5k run.

“We’re hoping to have more participants this year,” Ms. Passafiume said. “We have more signed up this year than we did at this time last year.”