A 2003 graduate of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School who works as a dispatcher for the county sheriff’s department was one of three lucky Islanders who won an affordable Edgartown home in a town lottery this week.
“I’m too shocked to think,” said a teary Maria Williams following the drawing held by Edgartown selectmen in the Baylies Room at the Old Whaling Church on Tuesday.
The two other homes — all three are condominiums at the newly completed Fairway Village on Upper Main street — went to Evet Hines and James Dropick, who did not attend the lottery.
This marks the tenth, eleventh and twelfth affordable home awards in Edgartown this year. “That’s a heck of a year,” David Vigneault, executive director of the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority, told a crowded room late Tuesday afternoon. “It’s a good time to be in Edgartown.”
Ten applicants applied for the three units. Seven met the qualifications for purchase. This was the first housing lottery Ms. Williams has entered. “I was really concerned that I was going to have to leave here,” she said Wednesday after the initial excitement wore off.
Prices for the units ranged from $132,000 to $162,000. Last night, the housing authority hosted an information session about two more affordable units coming available for purchase on North Water street. The units will be sold through a lottery on Dec. 15. “We’re still building. We’re not stopping,” selectman and board chairman Arthur Smadbeck told the audience.
Selectmen also heard the annual report from animal control officer Barbara Prada. “It was a busy summer,” Ms. Prada said. She said her department responded to 684 calls for dogs between April and September, 145 calls for cats, five calls for cockatiels, one call for ants, one call about a sea lion and one call for a chocolate strudel.
A chocolate strudel? Ms. Prada explained the strudel was actually a schnoodle, a type of dog. The town collected $745 from leash law violations.
In other news, selectmen encouraged town residents to schedule a free energy audit with the Cape Light Compact by calling 508-375-6825 or visiting capelightcompact.com. They also took under advisement the lone bid which came to paint the outside of town hall. The bid came from John Anderson and was for $11,878.