County Expands Airport Commission and is Quickly Taken to Court
Alex Elvin

Determined to populate the Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission with fresh faces, the Dukes County Commission this week voted to expand the airport commission from seven to nine members. The next day, the airport commission went to court to block the move.

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Subtraction by Addition

Call it new math, but the Dukes County Commission may have finally figured out how to get the Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission under its thumb: make it bigger.

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Former West Tisbury Police Chief Appointed to Airport Commission
Alex Elvin

The Dukes County Commission voted to appoint Beth Toomey of West Tisbury to the seven-member airport commission. The county commission chose from an unusually large group of applicants, with eight people applying for the single spot.

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Eight Apply to Fill Vacancy on Airport Commission
Alex Elvin

The airport commission is appointed by the Dukes County Commission, which is scheduled to vote next week to fill the vacancy left by Peter Bettencourt who resigned in August. The new appointment comes amid ongoing conflicts between the two commissions.

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Judge Upholds Airport in Case Against County
Julia Wells

The Hon. Richard Chin said in a written opinion that the county manager may not serve as an ex officio nonvoting member of the airport commission, and that the county treasurer may not refuse to pay airport legal bills. The ruling clears the way for the case to go to trial.

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Judge Hears Arguments in Airport Case Against County
Olivia Hull

A superior court judge heard arguments Tuesday afternoon on both sides of a dispute between the Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission and the county. The hearing saw spirited debate about the legal independence of the airport, and also whether the dispute belonged in court in the first place.

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Airport Revamps Employee Policies
Olivia Hull

The Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission is working on new bylaws and an employee handbook to better codify how business is done at the Island airport. The county manager has urged the commission to make the process more open and public.

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Fresh Complaint Filed Against Airport Commission
Olivia Hull and Sara Brown

Legal and personnel troubles at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport continued this week as a former employee filed a new lawsuit against members of the airport commission, county, and airport management.

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Airport Commission Legal Bills Soar
Olivia Hull

The Martha’s Vineyard Airport expects to spend nearly 11 times as much as it budgeted in legal fees during the fiscal year that closed last week. Unusually high legal spending led to a last-minute scramble to adopt a supplemental budget for the airport.

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Martha's Vineyard Airport Commission Defends Its Conduct
Olivia Hull

Members of the airport commission have declared they will serve out the remainder of their terms, despite a call from the Dukes County Commission to consider stepping down. A letter was sent to the county commission this week.

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