Trash, deer carcasses and boats abandoned at town landings have become a cause for concern in Edgartown.
At their meeting on Monday, Edgartown selectmen heard a discussion of the issues. Town administrator Pamela Dolby said that after the town heard about town landing issues, highway department employees visited the landings to clean them up and assess the situation.
“We decided we will make a concerted effort to check on the landings more in winter,” Ms. Dolby said, and some of the clean-up might require money for dumpsters.
She said discarded deer carcasses were a growing problem at a few of the landings, a concern echoed by shellfish constable Paul Bagnall. He noted that there used to be a bury pit in the state forest, but that is now gone.
“I don’t think that Edgartown should take on the responsibility for everybody’s deer because there’s a lot shot across the Island,” Mr. Bagnall said, adding that he went three or four times to Crab Creek and took away multiple carcasses, and highway superintendent Stuart Fuller has “done a yeoman’s duty” cleaning them up.
“We really are bearing the brunt for the whole Island,” he added, suggesting it should be a topic of discussion for all-Island selectmen and all-Island boards of health meetings.
Harbormaster Charlie Blair said abandoned boats are also a problem. When boats are left and owners can’t be found or contacted, he said, the town is stuck with them.
Mr. Blair said he disposed of a three-year supply of abandoned boats last year at the cost of $11,000. He asked if boat removal costs could be added into his budget, like snow removal is part of the highway department budget.
Selectmen heard the concerns but did not take action Monday. “We didn’t solve that problem today,” selectman Margaret Serpa said.
The board heard a status report from the Chappaquiddick Wireless Committee about Chappaquiddick’s ongoing effort to get improved cell phone service on the small island through a distributed antenna system (DAS). The committee has not been able to find a wireless company interested in the project. Wireless committee assistant Georgiana Greenough and committee members Fran and Bob Clay contacted companies this week to get more information.
Most companies said it was too expensive to install a DAS system, Ms. Greenough said, but raised the possibility of a partnership with the town in which the town would help with permitting and other aspects.
The committee drafted a letter to send out to companies inviting interested parties to conduct site visits, noting that the town will facilitate the permitting process. The selectmen agreed to send the letter to town counsel for review and to discuss the matter further.
In other business, selectmen approved moving a curb cut at 62 North Water street, the recently sold home known as the Warren House. The curb cut will be moved from the west side of the property to the east and will provide an extra parking space on the street.
The board of selectmen and the wastewater commission voted to appoint Scott Ellis as an interim member of the commission. He will be on the town election ballot in April.
Mr. Ellis will replace Tim Connelly, who will not run again for the commission.
The selectmen also approved a request to move the 5,000-pound pizza oven from the former Lattanzi’s restaurant to 11 North Water street. John Roberts is an owner of both properties, and he said the new tenants at the Lattanzi’s space won’t be using the pizza oven.
Mr. Roberts said the move will take place in the early morning of March 19 and will require the use of a crane and a flatbed truck. The oven will be installed at its new location through a hole in the roof.