To assist with building inspection and permitting, the Edgartown select board appointed Stephen Kelly to the position of local building inspector at their meeting on Sept. 12. In his new role, Mr. Kelly will report to building commissioner Reade Milne in overseeing all building permits, construction, renovation and demolition.

While every town is required to have a building commissioner, town administrator James Hagerty noted, local inspectors may be hired on an as-needed basis.

“Welcome aboard, Stephen,” select board member Mike Donaroma said after the appointment had been finalized.

In the same meeting, MVC climate planner Liz Durkee and consultant Meghan Gombos also presented a summary of the Martha’s Vineyard Climate Action Plan to the board. The presentation outlined over 190 actions, with dozens of individual and community partners assigned to take point on each task.

“Climate issues are not just on the town,” Ms. Durkee told the board. “We have all these groups lined up willing to help.”

Ms. Durkee and Ms. Gombos emphasized that in order to adequately implement a preparedness plan, the six towns must work together, citing grant funding as a significant factor.

“Grant programs look favorably on regional projects” Ms. Durkee said. “We need to work together so we aren’t all fighting for the same pot of money.”

The presentation ended with an entreaty to read the full action plan online, and Ms. Durkee mentioned she will be dropping off print copies at the town hall as well.

“What we ask of you today is to encourage you to read the plan and encourage your financial committee to read the plan,” Ms. Durkee said.

Select board members thanked Ms. Durkee for her presentation. The full report can be found at

The MVC will continue to make presentations with other select boards through September.