Upcoming repairs to Memorial Wharf will likely be less extensive and far cheaper than previously thought, Edgartown selectmen learned Monday.

Repairs this winter are expected to cost much less than previously though, with full replacement five to 10 years down the line. — Steve Myrick

Repairs will be made this winter to shore up the wharf for the next five to 10 years.

At the annual town meeting last spring, voters approved $500,000 in Community Preservation Act funding for repairs to the wharf that fronts the Edgartown harbor.

Members of Memorial Wharf restoration committee told the selectmen repairs will cost much less than that, though an exact amount is not yet available. An engineering report categorized most of the structure as satisfactory, committee members said. The only major source of concern is the current railing, which does not meet modern building codes. Minor repairs are already underway.

“We were pleasantly surprised that the steel sheeting and the wharf itself is in relatively satisfactory condition,” said committee member Steve Ewing. “We would probably look at an extensive project with five to 10 years, new steel sheeting, a new wharf. We’re investing a little bit of money into the pavilion now, to make it safe for those five to 10 years.”

Mr. Ewing said replacing the wharf completely could cost as much as $2 million. Town administrator Pamela Dolby said the town should begin setting aside Community Preservation Act funds annually to prepare for the eventual replacement of the wharf.

In other business Monday, selectmen voted unanimously to approve the transfer of a seasonal liquor store license from 65 Main Street LLC to Rosewater Wine & Spirits LLC.

The action transfers the license from Port Supply Company, which opened at the 65 Main Street location in 2014, to a new venture for the owners of Rosewater Market.