Tisbury selectmen sent proposed changes to town shellfish regulations back to the drawing board after a public hearing this week.
At the selectmen’s meeting Tuesday, shellfish constable Danielle Ewart presented four proposed amendments to shellfish regulations. One involves clarifying the definition of standard bushel boxes for commercial shellfishermen. Commercial fisherman Thomas Searle had asked for a better definition and board chairman Tristan Israel agreed that the clarification is needed.
Another amendment would prohibit so-called gang dredges, but again selectmen asked for more clarification.
The board did agree to a rule change concerning designated dip netting areas for scalloping.
The previous rules had specified an area in Lagoon Pond for dip netting only, but Ms. Ewart said rather than have the same area be reserved every year, that she and the shellfish committee would like to decide whether and where to designate areas.
A final amendment to restrict scalloping on Thanksgiving to family license-holders and to prohibit shellfishing on Christmas saw no opposition.
The selectmen will hold another public hearing once the amendments are modified.
In other business, a new mooring transfer policy was approved with little discussion following a public hearing. Under the policy, new mooring holders will be required to obtain inspections at their own expense.
“We want to take the town out of the middle of any financial agreement between an old mooring holder and the new mooring holder,” said Melinda Loberg, a member of the Tashmoo management committee.
The selectmen also approved a stop sign and crosswalk at Main street and Greenwood avenue, a block down from newly-installed stop signs at Main street and Woodlawn avenue.
Sarah Hines, the children’s librarian at the Vineyard Haven Public Library, said the stop sign and crosswalk are badly needed for reasons of public safety.
“We had close to 90,000 visits to the library last year,” said Ms. Hines. “A lot of that is foot traffic, either bicycles or pedestrians. A high volume of pedestrians crossing both streets there. We have had a high number of complaints over the past year for reckless driving in that area . . . As you know there was an accident right on the corner this summer.”
Selectman Jeffrey Kristal agreed, noting that the stop sign at Woodlawn avenue has slowed down traffic, although it took some getting used to.
“I’ve noticed a decrease in speeding,” he said.
More stop signs are in the offing. At their Oct. 30 meeting, selectmen will hold a public hearing on proposals to install stop signs on Franklin street and Woodlawn, and at Causeway Road and Skiff avenue.
The selectmen also discussed town applications for Community Preservation Act monies. The requests include $100,000 for the Tisbury Housing Trust, $2,500 for a memorial bench for shellfish constable Derek Cimeno, and $12,000 to fix the weathervane on top of town hall. The weathervane is currently pointing 180 degrees the wrong way.
Mr. Israel said $12,000 was probably more than necessary, but he wanted to put a number in as a placeholder and refine it for the final submission with the town community preservation committee.
“I think we ought to have the directions on our weathervane pointing the right way,” Mr. Israel said.