MV Gazette, on May 6th, 2011

Aquinnah Is All About the Environment

Aquinnah selectmen agreed to take the first steps toward becoming a green community this week, putting the town in line to receive state grant money as well as becoming more environmentally sound.

“We’d be eligible for a good amount of money,” selectman and board chairman Camille Rose said at the selectmen’s meeting Tuesday. Among other things, the town is exploring a project to install solar panels at the landfill.

Tisbury voters approved a series of articles at their April annual town meeting to begin a green community plan, and Aquinnah will look to that town as a model.

“I think it’s something we really need to push and bring to the planning board and work in concert with them on this,” said selectman Jim Newman.

The selectmen also gave permission to the New England Wildflower Society to survey seaside knotweed and bushy rockrose at Lobsterville and Philbin beaches. The society surveys plant life across New England and works closely with the Polly Hill Arboretum and the state Natural Heritage Program.

The survey will be conducted in June and July.

Selectmen will meet with cliff lot leaseholders on Monday night to discuss rental fees and other issues including trash removal responsibilities. Ms. Rose said the town landfill budget is running a $50,000 deficit, largely due to the fact the town has to pay for the removal of cardboard and recyclables for the restaurants and businesses at the cliffs.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the town hall.

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