Selectmen consider a used generator for Edgartown School

Cleanup begins on Jernegan Avenue property, on town dime.

The Edgartown School generator may get an upgrade. — Ralph Stewart

Upgrading the generator at the Edgartown School may have gotten a boost from off-Island. Town administrator Pam Dolby told selectmen at their Monday meeting that she received an email from the town of Franklin wanting to sell its used generator for $10,000.

“They have a 250-kilowatt Kohler generator that they’re looking to get rid of,” Ms. Dolby told the board of selectmen. “They’ve had it for six years, and it comes with a transfer switch, which can run $4,000 to $5,000.”

Edgartown Fire Chief Peter Shemeth said the photos of the generator looked clean: “Maybe we ought to have somebody go take a look at it.”

Selectmen agreed that Ms. Dolby would contact the town of Franklin and that Chief Shemeth would look into who might be available to check out the used generator.

Discussion continued about the lack of a generator for the new library as well. “The school, as a shelter, cannot share a generator with the library,” Ms. Dolby said.

Chief Shemeth said the library could purchase a brand-new generator for approximately $26,000, plus the cost of an electrician to install it. The transfer switch is in place at the library, he said.

The estimated cost of both of those generators is far less than the proposed $96,000 included in the school’s initial request for a comparable 250-kW generator, plus the cost of installation.

In other town business, neighbors of David Viera’s Jernegan Avenue property were at the meeting to voice their continued concerns about the trash and vehicles piled up on his property. Building and zoning inspector Leonard Jason provided an update to selectmen.

“So far two boats and a car are gone, and a 30-foot Dumpster is arriving any day,” Mr. Jason said.

Kim Lee, one of the neighbors present at the meeting, said, “A lot of the problem is still over there…. It seems like they are doing something, but maybe not enough.”

Selectman Mike Donaroma replied, “I think we understand what you’re saying, but when a Dumpster shows up, that can carry a lot of stuff. Lenny is going to keep reporting to us, and you can too.”

The town funds the cleanup, and then can put a lien on the property to recoup the costs. Mr. Jason said the property owners are cooperating with the cleanup efforts.

The Healthy Aging Task Force is asking all towns for their support in applying to AARP to have Martha’s Vineyard designated as an aging-friendly community. The selectmen noted their approval, and said they would sign the letter of application after it was prepared.

In other business, selectmen Mike Donaroma and Margaret Serpa agreed to a conservation commission request to appoint Peter Vincent to the Katama Airfield commission to fill a vacant spot. Selectman Arthur Smadbeck was not present at the meeting

Selectman Mike Donaroma asked for an update on the Post Office building, and Mr. Jason responded with some good news: “They’re getting close. I talked to Mr. Hajjar, and he said they hope to have the new floor down and sanding done by the end of the week.”

Town administrator Pam Dolby added, “They may go beyond the date [June 1] by a little because they need time to move back in.”

Selectmen also approved a transfer of a seasonal liquor license from Flatbread to the Tin Hangar.