Edgartown's sidewalks to get an upgrade

Selectmen approve bid to restore crumbling walkways, agree to modify language on Yellow House warrant article.

Edgartown will spruce up its walkways, including the sidewalk on Main Street. —File photo by Tim Johnson

Edgartown selectmen approved Lawrence-Lynch’s bid to restore downtown walkways along Dock, Main, North Water, Winter, and Church streets. Highway superintendent Stuart Fuller recommended the $492,332.60 bid.

Selectmen Margaret Serpa and Arthur Smadbeck accepted Mr. Fuller’s endorsement in a brief meeting Monday, from which the third selectman, Michael Donaroma, was absent. Mr. Fuller thanked procurement officer Juliet Mulinare for her help with the bid process.

In another matter, Mr. Fuller clarified Question 5 on the April town meeting warrant. The question, submitted by petition, refers to building a bike path along Meshacket Road.

“The bike lane will run adjacent to the road,” he said, meaning that it would be a bike lane, not a separate path.

In other business, Peter Sullo, owner of Isola Restaurant on Church Street, attended to discuss the selectmen’s concerns about Isola’s hours of operation and whether they met the terms of his liquor license.

Mr. Sullo apologized for missing the previous two selectmen’s meetings, when his restaurant was on the agenda.

“I thought the liquor license runs in conjunction with the hours food is being served,” Ms. Serpa said. She said that if the restaurant is open until 8 pm and the bar is open until 10:30 pm, with no food available after eight, “That’s a problem, I think.”

“It’s like a day during the season,” Mr. Sullo said, “when the restaurant closes at ten, and we stay open until one.”

The selectmen’s assistant Karen Fuller explained that there is a discrepancy in what hours of operation were advertised and what was actually on Mr. Sulla’s liquor license.

“What we need for Isola is not to have an open-ended closing time,” Ms. Fuller said. Even if the restaurant is not busy after 8 pm, according to its license, it must remain open until 10 pm. Currently the restaurant is open evenings Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Selectmen also scolded Mr. Sullo for allowing live entertainment on a Sunday without a state license to do so.

“It was a holiday weekend, and I was off-Island; that was just a boo-boo,” Mr. Sullo told the selectmen.

Ms. Serpa said he would still be issued a warning letter “for the record.”

The selectmen asked Mr. Sullo to provide his hours of operation in writing, so there would be no misinterpretation. He agreed to do so, and Ms. Serpa thanked him for coming to the meeting.

The selectmen also agreed to change the wording of Article 17 on the spring warrant. The question refers to borrowing the sum of $1,500,000 to buy the Yellow House at the corner of South Summer and Main streets. The new wording, proposed by the town’s bond counsel, will say in effect that the town will “raise and appropriate” the funds rather than “borrow” the amount. Another $1,500,000, to buy the property surrounding the house, will come from Community Preservation Act funds.

There will be no regular Monday selectmen’s meeting on March 6.