Edgartown selectmen this week granted an aquaculture license to Jeremy Scheffer to grow oysters on a one-acre space in Katama Bay. The bottom grant marked the 11th of 12 licenses that the town can give out to shellfishermen.
Shellfish constable Paul Bagnell said the shellfish committee had approved Mr. Scheffer’s request, and he remarked that a growing family of oyster farmers on the bay are working well together.
“There are relatively few complaints about animosity among the growers,” Mr. Bagnall said. “Things are going about as good as they can be.”
Mr. Bagnell said Mr. Scheffer will occupy a space adjacent to his father, Roy.
“We wish him luck,” selectman Margaret Serpa said as the board approved the license.
The selectmen also approved an NStar proposal to install 45 feet of cable conduit beneath North Summer street to provide service at 40 Morse street. Selectmen received a letter from abutters “vehemently” opposing a new pole, but NStar spokesmen said a new pole was not needed for the project. The selectmen also approved another NStar proposal to install a cable at 52 South Summer street to provide service to a home under renovation.
In other news, the selectmen accepted Norman Rankow’s resignation from the town dredge committee, and appointed Skip Tomassian as an alternate to the marine advisory committee, with the appointment ending in April. Mr. Rankow has served on the dredge committee since its inception in 1997, said Edgartown harbor master Charles Blair, who recalled that Mr. Rankow was “in the group that actually looked into the idea” of forming a dredge committee.