Connecticut town planner Adam Turner has signed a two-year contract to serve as the new executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission. Under the agreement approved by the commission last week, he will earn an annual salary of $107,454 starting August 1.
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission will soon decide the fate of a proposed 31-acre subdivision on Pine Hill Road in West Tisbury. The former farmland would be divided five residential lots of varying sizes.
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission has taken steps to preserve the historic character of several West Tisbury roadways. Commissioners voted to designate Pine Hill, Red Coat Hill, Mott’s Hill and Shubael Weeks roads as special ways, affording them protections against future development.
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission will choose a new director from a pool of 33 candidates. A nationwide search that concluded last week saw a good response, search committee chairman Doug Sederholm said.
The commission late last week quickly approved a $1.42 million budget for fiscal year 2016, marking a 2.4 per cent decrease from last year. Modest increases in salaries and employee benefits were offset by a $52,000 reduction in legal spending.
A nationwide search has begun for a new executive director for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, with commissioners finalizing a job description this week. Current director Mark London announced his retirement in October.
As a summer visitor to the Vineyard for over a quarter-century I have always noticed the changes on the Island, but the character and the beauty of the Island have remained intact and I never thought of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission’s role.
The founding goal of 350 Martha’s Vineyard Island is to facilitate collaboration to address climate change. We recognize that the Martha’s Vineyard Commission holds a unique position of opportunity and responsibility for how the challenges posed by climate change are handled.