Demolition of the old public works building, a new beer and wine license for Cafe Moxie and three signatures on a new cable contract for the town were all in a day’s work for the Tisbury selectmen at their meeting Tuesday.
At the request of town building inspector Ken Barwick, selectmen voted to approve the demolition of the old DPW building on Spring street “at the earliest reasonable time.”
The building, which is currently only used to store bicycles confiscated by the police department, is set in a sloped hillside, Mr. Barwick said, making it easy for people to climb onto the rooftop. He said he has frequently noticed young children walking on the roof, and that the building itself is in poor condition.
“It’s an accident waiting to happen up there,” Mr. Barwick said.
DPW director Fred LaPiana said he could likely get the building down before summer, but would need to find a way to retain the soil in the hillside. Mr. LaPiana said he would work with Mr. Barwick on solving the problem and facilitating demolition.
In other business, the Tisbury police department welcomed a new officer to its ranks as Jeffrey Day was sworn in. Officer Day was previously a member of the police force in Chilmark.
Island Housing Trust executive director Philippe Jordi awarded two new affordable housing units at the Lake street development. Geneva and Calvin Corwin were awarded a $184,500 duplex, while Beth McElhinny received the second townhouse unit, which sold for $225,000. The selection was made through a lottery.
Selectmen signed off on the final contract for Comcast cable television services, thanking Mr. LaPiana and West Tisbury town administrator Jen Rand for their work in the marathon negotiation sessions.
Mr. LaPiana reported that Bruno’s Rolloff had won the bidding process for waste removal from the town transfer station.
A beer and wine license was approved for Cafe Moxie, and selectmen also voted to approve a charity wine pouring license for Sail Martha’s Vineyard’s annual seafood buffet fundraiser auction. The board also approved an alcohol license for the organization’s Vineyard Cup event, which is held in August, pending state licensure.
A hearing to discuss town beer and wine regulations was scheduled for April 30, as was a rescheduled hearing to decide on revocation of Rocco’s Pizzeria’s beer and wine license.
An informal meeting regarding proposed plans for expansion and renovation of the Stop & Shop building on Water street will also be held on April 30. Tisbury town administrator Jay Grande said a pre-hearing for the project was held Monday night, and that he was “very pleased with the direction the project’s heading in in terms of building and site design.” Mr. Grande said he did not anticipate any public hearings for the project until May.
Finally, selectman and board chairman Tristan Israel commented on a luncheon held last month for Island public officials and business leaders by radio station WBUR, which recently acquired the radio signal of local station WMVY.
“They were very nice folks, but I also just wanted to report that I was disappointed that when asked about coverage of local events . . . we were told that’s not really what BUR does or is going to do,” Mr. Israel said. WMVY, he said, had also been a conduit for local charities such as the Red Stocking Fund, but WBUR did not plan to do the same.
“We welcome them and hope that the station does well,” Mr. Israel said, “But it was disappointing to learn that their local connection is going to be minimal at best.”
“So they’re not going to play you on the radio,” selectman Jeffrey Kristal joked to Mr. Israel, who is also a local musician and songwriter.
“They’re not going to play me on the radio, that’s for sure,” Mr. Israel replied.