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.
Candidates running for nine open seats on the Martha’s Vineyard Commission reflect a wide range of priorities for the Island’s regional planning and review agency, but only two are newcomers. All the candidates acknowledge the need for better public understanding of the commission’s role in the community.
A period of transition begins for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission with the announcement that executive director Mark London will retire at the end of next summer. The commission will soon begin a search for his replacement.
A complicated housing proposal in Oak Bluffs received a preliminary nod from the Martha’s Vineyard Commission last week. The plan calls for building for 25 housing units on 32.5 acres off Barnes Road. Nitrogen loading in the Lagoon is the biggest stumbling block.
Mark London quietly announced at the end of a commission meeting Thursday night that he would retire by the end of next summer. Mr. London has been executive director of the commission for the past 12 years.