Dredging in Vineyard Haven harbor will be postponed until after Labor Day due to broken equipment. The project was scheduled to begin last week and be completed before July. Tisbury town administrator John (Jay) Grande reported at Tuesday’s selectmen’s meeting that the contractor, Barnstable County, had to repair their dredge, causing work to be pushed back.
“It certainly comes as a big bombshell to everyone to learn five days before they were supposed to start that the dredge won’t be operating,” dredge committee member Nevin Sayre said.
The board moved to change the dredge start date to Sept. 16. Selectman Tristan Israel expressed concern about dredging during the fishing derby, but harbor master Jay Wilbur said fishing activity on the harbor is typically minimal, as most anglers fish past the breakwater.
Mr. Grande reported that he was moving forward with a consultant regarding future use of the lot at the old fire station, which is expected to be a paid parking lot. He said he was also working on changes to the town park and ride lot to make the payment system more effective.
“I could not locate where lines were for free and for paid parking,” he said.
Selectmen agreed to move forward with plans for a second phase of the town’s photovoltaic project, voting to sign a contract with Broadway during executive session. The project would place solar panels at the town compost area near the park and ride. Mr. Grande said the town had received a report from a hired consultant that “basically comes to the conclusion that this is a win for the town in terms of cost benefit.”
The board approved an amended beer and wine license for Jean Dupon of Le Grenier and La Cave du Grenier, appointing Mr. Dupon the manager of the businesses; a busking license for Brian Weiland and Daughters, and a junk dealer’s license for Joyce Allen of The Backyard Store. They also approved a Tisbury School Fun Run, to held June 18, pending consultation with police and fire departments.