The West Tisbury Select Committee considered whether property on State Road could be used for city employee housing at a meeting on Wednesday June 8.

West Tisbury City Administrator Jennifer Rand said she asked Dukes County Regional Housing Authority Executive Director David Vigneault about the possibility.

“The response I received was that when they go out to choose candidates for housing, municipal employment may be a category of preference. However, they are only applied for the initial offer and then there is a waitlist rank that would prevail,” Rand said. “On top of that there is the complication that – depending on the source of funding – the income of the municipal employee can be a limiting factor because, even if he cannot find accommodation, he is sufficiently well paid, nor would he qualify for this accommodation. ”

Vigneault didn’t know of a way to reserve housing for city workers beyond the initial offer and suggested taking the matter to city council.

Board member Skipper Manter said there was “no need to contact a lawyer” as it was just a matter he was wondering about. He said the “only way it would work” would be if the city owned the property and paid for it entirely with its own funds, which Rand agreed with.

“Which might be worth looking into from time to time. We are not in crisis mode here,” Manter said.

Island Housing Trust board chair Doug Ruskin said private donations could also help with employee housing, and not just through city funds.

“But certainly the CPA (Community Preservation Act) and state funding create a whole list of rules,” Ruskin said.

In other cases, council reviewed and annotated Wellfleet and Tisbury food truck bylaws for public comment. It was a suggestion made by city attorney Ron Rappaport during a previous meeting.

“They’re almost carbon copies of each other,” Manter said of the two cities’ regulations. “Everyone has something I think we can use together.”

A public hearing was held for Robert Myhill and Sarah Myhill’s application to store 3,000 gallons of propane. West Tisbury Fire Chief Greg Pachico said anything over 2,000 gallons must go through him and West Tisbury Building Inspector Joseph Tierney. Pachico said the Myhills already have a 1,000-gallon propane tank and a 500-gallon propane tank, and the proposed tanks are spread out enough that it won’t be a problem. Both Pachico and Tierney approved the amount of storage. The council unanimously approved the installation of the reservoir.

The board unanimously nominated board member Jessica Miller to the Martha’s Vineyard Housing Bank Review Committee.

The board voted 2-0 to approve spending up to $35,383.19 from the reserve fund to pay severance pay to resigned West Tisbury police officer Philip Hollinger, who left to take up a job in Tisbury, and retired police officer Leomar De Oliveira. Severance pay due is $12,364.23 to Hollinger and $23,018.96 to De Oliveira. Manter abstained from voting as he is currently a lieutenant with the West Tisbury Police Department.

The West Tisbury Police Department was not immediately available to comment on the reasons for Hollinger’s resignation.

To fill these gaps left by retirement and resignation, Connor Bettencourt, Daniel Durawa, Mark Nickowal and Brad Fielder were hired as full-time officers by the West Tisbury Police Department. Each of them will enter the department on three-year contracts starting at various times during the summer months. Bettencourt was West Tisbury’s reserve officer for three years prior to this promotion. Durawa and Fielder are still in training at the Municipal Police Officers Academy, so their hires are contingent on successful completion of their studies. The department also hired De Oliveira as a reserve officer to meet the demands of the summer season. The board voted 2-0 to approve the hires. Manter abstained from voting as he is the current lieutenant of the West Tisbury Police Department.

The board unanimously approved the renewal of Lambert’s Cove Inn seasonal beer and wine license.

The board of directors voted unanimously to accept a given wood chipper.

Meanwhile, the council received an invitation from Edgartown to join in the town’s Fourth of July parade.