The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission held an open session on Monday seeking public comment on its properties and management plans. The meeting was held at the Vineyard Transit Authority second floor office at the airport business park.
One person attended: Bill Straw of Vineyard Haven, who suggested the land bank move up on its priority list the acquisition of properties that help in the movement of people along the side of roads, for example bicycle paths.
Mr. Straw praised the commission for its open space acquisition, but he wondered whether the land bank could acquire frontage on busy streets that would help bicycles and pedestrians move through Island towns. As an example, he suggested the busy State Road commercial corridor in Vineyard Haven.
Mr. Straw said he moved to the Island in June.
Pamela Goff, a commissioner from Chilmark, thanked Mr. Straw for his comments and said the commission is already taking steps to help with roadside trails and protecting views along Island roads. Priscilla Sylvia, a commissioner from Oak Bluffs, echoed her remarks.