Keep the linden, but the sycamore can go

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A training exercise will delay the opening of Edgartown town hall Friday. — MV Times

A sycamore maple at 45 Winter Street can get the axe, but Edgartown selectmen have spared a linden tree from the chainsaw.

At the board’s meeting Monday, during a shade tree hearing, selectmen voted 3-0 to follow the advice of highway superintendent Stuart Fuller. “The linden is a pretty nice tree,” he said. “I would not like to see that one go if at all possible.”

Ted Desrosiers of Green Heron Landscape, representing Shawn and Erica Brennan, said the homeowners had hoped to replace the two trees with honey locusts.

In other business, the board approved taxi licenses for Jon’s Taxi and Stagecoach Taxi. They delayed a vote on Adam Cab, because that company had only submitted its paperwork earlier that day.

“We have a good relationship with these guys,” Edgartown Police Chief David Rossi said. He said he knew of no complaints about the companies.

“It’s always a good sign when the taxi hearing is quick,” chairman Arthur Smadbeck said. “No complaints.”

The board also praised the work of procurement officer Juliet Mulinare during her annual evaluation. Edgartown town administrator Pam Dolby described Ms. Mulinare as “the best thing that’s happened to this town in a long time.”

Hearing unanimous accolades, Ms. Mulinare said, “It’s been a really cool experience.”

There was nothing new to report on the town’s pursuit of the Yellow House, Ms. Dolby said. An update on the eminent domain taking could come next Monday.