Electric charging coming to Church Street

Edgartown selectmen support forming committee for VTA proposal; lease renewed for Right Fork Diner.

Wireless charging is coming to the streets of Edgartown outside the VTA bus depot. - George Brennan

A committee is being formed to help the Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) bring wireless charging of electric buses outside its visitors center on Church Street in Edgartown.

At a meeting Monday, Angela Grant, VTA’s executive director, told selectmen that six electric buses are scheduled to arrive in June. The next phase will be some work on Church Street in Edgartown, she said.

“Buses drive over something and recharge,” selectmen chairman Arthur Smadbeck said.

Grant said the plan is to form a committee to help guide the necessary work, which won’t happen until after the Island’s busy tourist season. But the VTA has only a year from July 1 to get the work done, she told the board.

Representatives of the planning board, historic district commission, beautification committee are among those who will be on the committee. Paul Pimentel of the town’s energy committee will be one of the members of the board.

Along with the wireless charging, the VTA is also looking at cleaning up in front of its visitors center and making it more accessible, Grant said. The Island’s bus service is also looking at the possibility of adding solar panels to the roof of the building, she said.

Selectmen also approved, 2-0, a bid CMW Group Inc., d/b/a Right Fork Diner, to continue operating her Right Fork Diner at Katama Airfield. The business is operated by Jamie Langley.

“Over the last 12 years, CMW Group Inc., operating at Katama Airfield as Right Fork Diner, has demonstrated itself as a trusted and reliable dining destination on Martha’s Vineyard,” Langley wrote in a letter accompanying the bid. “We are tremendously proud of our success increating and maintaining a high standard of food service at Katama Airfield.”

The restaurant serves the general public, but its first priority is the pilots and passengers that use the airfield, the letter states.

According to the bid documents, Right Fork will be open from mid-May to mid-October for lunch and breakfast seven days a week. During the height of the busy summer season, early evening dinners will also be available.

Right Fork will pay the town $50,000 per year in rent.

The bid documents included a dozen letters of recommendation, as well as a printout of the restaurant’s positive reviews on TripAdvisor.

The town put out a request for proposals to operate the airfield’s restaurant and Langley was the lone bidder, procurement officer Juliet Mulinare told selectmen.

The board approved Langley’s bid in a 2-0 vote. Selectman Michael Donaroma was absent.

In other business, the board has scheduled a meeting for 11 am Friday to consider the town meeting warrant. The Yellow House is also on the board’s agenda.