Tisbury selectmen moved closer to a permanent payment solution for the Park and Ride lot this week. After several months of study, including overnight parking surveys, town administrator Jay Grande and administrative secretary Hilary Conklin proposed implementing a pay-as-you-leave system for the lot. The system would involve installing a gating mechanism at the lot entrance on High Point Lane; customers would take a receipt on entering and pay upon exiting the lot.
“We all believe this is a far superior system that is more enforceable [and helps] get revenues we might otherwise miss,” Mr. Grande told the selectmen at their meeting Tuesday. The system would be able to handle multiple pay levels, he said, to account for short-term and long-term parking, with free parking spaces available for those staying three days or less.
“We do need to set aside and assign locations for longer-term [parking], which we do want to encourage,” Mr. Grande said. “That’s a key issue.”
A more complete parking fee schedule will be presented at the Nov. 19 board meeting.
Ms. Conklin estimated it would cost $100,000 for the new equipment and training, but Mr. Grande said that with the increase in revenue from the ticket system, the equipment could pay for itself in two years. He said the Vineyard Transit Authority is working to install a camera system to better help with enforcement.
The board also took up the matter of medical marijuana, with selectman Tristan Israel expressing disappointment that the town of Oak Bluffs had not consulted Tisbury before creating zoning for a potential dispensary on land near Holmes Hole Road. Though the land is owned by Oak Bluffs, it lies in a triangle of land that bisects Tisbury.
“It’s not necessarily because of permitting, but because they made that decision without asking us,” Mr. Israel said.
“I would hope in the future that they would consult us on issues,” he said. “It’s sort of right in the heart of our town.”
Mr. Grande read aloud from a draft letter he had written to the Kingsbury Group, one of the five Vineyard applicants for a medical marijuana dispensary. The letter stated that any future building work would have to be done under existing town business zoning.
“The planning board and town decided not to create any kind of parameters around this, that’s their decision,” Mr. Israel said. “None beyond doing business in a B2 district.”
The board voted to approve the letter.
Selectmen took preliminary steps to begin invasive species removal on the town-owned portion of the Tashmoo Overlook, as part of a larger project to clear the viewshed.
The board went into executive session to discuss the proposed Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative contract with CVEC special projects coordinator Liz Argo and American Capital Energy executive vice president Eric McLean. No outcome was reached on reentering open session, assistant town administrator Aase Jones said on Wednesday.