Don Ogilvie and Kristin Zern were reappointed to three-year terms on the airport commission this week.

The county commission, which appoints the seven-member airport commission, voted on the reappointments at their meeting Wednesday.

There were two other applicants: Bob Fuller and Beth Tessmer. All were interviewed previously.

Commissioners echoed the need for stability on the commission as the airport deals with chemical contamination in private wells, expansion plans and a search for a new airport director.

“Consistency is good going through this tumultuous time. The two candidates that are incumbents have done a decent job,” said commissioner Christine Todd.

“I know there has been an outcry for change . . . I’m not one to vote for change just for change itself,” said county commission chairman Gretchen Tucker-Underwood.

County commissioners also made a number of appointments. Richard Cohen was appointed as associate commissioner for the disabled; Karen Tewhey was appointed associate commissioner for homeless prevention, and Rebekah ElDeiry was re-appointed as associate commissioner for youth.

After brief interviews, longtime county emergency director Chuck Cotnoir was unanimously re-appointed to the position over West Tisbury assistant emergency manager Christopher West. The volunteer position is unpaid and comes with a $5,000 stipend.

And 19-year-old Tain Leonard-Peck of Vineyard Haven was appointed to a two-year term as the county representative to the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC).

“I found this position to be the most impactful . . . and the one where I can have the most effect on the daily life of my fellow citizens on the Island,” said Mr. Leonard-Peck, who applied for four county positions.

“I think we’re going to be hearing from Mr. Leonard-Peck,” said Ms. Underwood after a unanimous vote.

In other business, commissioners voted to allow county manager Martina Thornton to lease the second floor office space of the Center for Living building in Vineyard Haven to Island Health Care at no charge. The lease begins April 1 and runs for three-years, contingent on approval from the county advisory board.

Island Health Care chief executive officer Cynthia Mitchell has beeen making the rounds of Island selectmen to explain plans to use the space for a community-wide health collaborative.

In her manager’s report, Ms. Thornton told commissioners to expect a loan request from the airport commission due to delays in federal funding legislation.

“I can tell you with big certainty that this legislation will not pass before June,” she said.

Last month airport commission chairman Robert Rosenbaum said unbudgeted expenses from the PFAS investigation and cleanup have put the airport in a financial bind. He said $200,000 could be needed to cover a budget shortfall before the end of the fiscal year in June.

Commissioners also heard the results of Ms. Thornton’s job evaluation, which was done by email among commissioners. Reviews were positive.

“Martina’s been terrific to work with and very thorough, efficient and knowledgeable,” said Ms. Todd.

A public hearing on the $1.8 million FY20 county operating budget is scheduled for March 13 at 1 p.m. at the county administration building.