The West Tisbury selectmen took steps this week to resolve an ongoing dispute between Animal Health Care Associates and the residents of Coffin’s Field over noise from barking dogs at the veterinary clinic’s kennel near the airport.
The noisy kennel issue has been the subject of complaints from neighbors who live across the road from the kennel. A back-and-forth discussion has been going on between the owners of the vet clinic and the town over how best to solve the problem.
At their meeting Wednesday, selectmen voted to approve construction of four-foot-nine-inch acoustical enhancement screen wall on the south side of the kennel. The wall will extend eight feet in both directions, and insulation will be placed beneath a metal roof at the kennel to further muffle sound. The wall was designed by Lawrence Copley, a sound expert hired by Animal Health Care. Spokesmen for the Coffin’s Field residents participated in the meeting via telephone conference call.
Animal Health Care owners will now have 60 days to complete the work. Selectmen said they would ask the town animal control officer and building inspector to inspect the job once it is done.
In other business Wednesday, selectmen voted to give a commercial shellfish license to Lucas Emin.
And town administrator Jennifer Rand asked the board if they would be interested in receiving a 50-inch smart flat-screen television from the town emergency management officer that won’t fit in his office. The television could be mounted in the selectmen’s meeting room for presentations, she said.
“Would we have a lot of use for it?” Mr. Manter asked his colleagues.
“There is probably a place for it,” said selectman Richard Knabel.
“I don’t think it’s a bad idea,” said selectman Cynthia Mitchell.