Early season boaters will be able to fuel up at the Edgartown harbor this summer, despite concerns before the selectmen this week that the fuel station would be closed.
Harbor master Charlie Blair said Monday that there would not be fuel for Memorial Day weekend because equipment at the Edgartown Marine harbor fuel dock, which is operated by R.M. Packer, needed to be upgraded before the dock opens.
Town administrator Pamela Dolby said Wednesday that fuel will be available, with repairs scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday and permits expected to be issued on Friday.
“All the issues got resolved and we’re ready to go,” Edgartown fire chief Peter Shemeth said Thursday. He said there were some concerns regarding the renewal of the permit for the station, but those were resolved and permits would be issued.
Mr. Packer told the selectmen Monday that there are several upgrades planned for the facility, some of which are necessary and some optional, including a new kind of pump, emergency shutoff valves, and a monitoring system. The state fire marshal has approved these plans, he said, which he estimated at $30,000.
The pipelines would be replaced one at a time, he said, so he could stay open during the repairs.
“The timing on this couldn’t be worse,” Mr. Blair said on Monday. “The fuel dock sat empty for seven and a half months; since October nobody has touched the fuel service.”
Mr. Packer noted Monday that his lease was up two years ago and he hopes to have new lease talks. He also raised the possibility of the cost of repairs going toward his rent.