With a massive capital project to redo Memorial Wharf on the warrant, Edgartown voted to shift its annual and special town meetings to May 22, as well as add a special election to the calendar in late spring.

At a selectmen’s meeting Monday, town officials decided it would be prudent to delay the town meeting to a later, warmer-weather date in the hopes that more residents are vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The Vineyard’s down-Island towns normally hold their town meetings and elections in April.

Last year, all six Island towns delayed their town meetings due to the pandemic, moving them outdoors and paring down warrants. In Edgartown, town meeting was held under a tent at the Edgartown School.

But with the pandemic still raging across the country, Edgartown town administrator James Hagerty suggested moving the date back one month again in 2021. The annual town election will remain on April 15, as scheduled.

“It all worked out well last year,” moderator and attorney Sean Murphy said at the meeting.

In a small twist, selectmen also agreed on Monday to add a special election that would occur on the Tuesday or Thursday after town meeting. If voters approve the $3 million Memorial Wharf project at town meeting, it will require a proposition 2 1/2 override that requires a vote at the ballot box.

Mr. Hagerty said the extra election would put a small burden on the town clerk’s budget, but felt it was necessary considering the circumstances of the project.

“Spending $3,000 to talk about $3.5 million is probably money well spent,” Mr. Hagerty said.

In a phone call with the Gazette, town clerk Karen Medeiros said the filing deadline for individuals looking to run for town office was Thursday.

Longtime Edgartown selectman Arthur Smadbeck is running unopposed for his seat, Ms. Medeiros confirmed. Ms. Medeiros said there were no other contested races in the town.

In other business, selectmen approved a declaration of disposition for the property that is currently leased to the Right Fork Diner at the Katama Airfield. The property will go out to bid, Mr. Hagerty said in a followup call, after the diner declined a one-year lease option. The diner can reapply for the lease, Mr. Hagerty said.