Airport Manager Granted Medical Leave of Absence
Olivia Hull

The manager of the Martha’s Vineyard Airport has been granted a medical leave for an undisclosed length of time. Commission chairman Norman Perry said Wednesday that he granted the leave request to manager Sean Flynn earlier in the week, before meeting in executive session with his board.

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Executive Session Set Following Domestic Incident Involving Airport Manager
Olivia Hull

The Martha's Vineyard Airport Commission has called a special meeting in executive session for next Wednesday following a domestic disburbance involving the airport manager.

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Airport Commission Bickers Over Its Own Rules, Policies
Olivia Hull

In the second regular meeting since their recent reorganization, members of the Martha’s Vineyard airport commission sparred with each other and airport staff over procedures and policies governing the Island’s only commercial airport. Two attorneys participated in the meeting by conference call.

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Lawsuits Fuel Airport, County Tensions
Olivia Hull

Longstanding tensions between the Dukes County Commission and the Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission over who really runs the airport wound up in superior court this week, when airport commissioners filed a complaint against the very body that appoints them.

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Two Airport Commissioners Ousted
Olivia Hull
The Dukes County commission voted Wednesday to appoint two new airport commissioners, ousting longtime commissioner John S. Alley and Benjamin L. Hall Jr.
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Workplace Dispute Puts Airport in Spotlight
Olivia Hull
A Martha's Vineyard Airport employee is at the center of a tangled web of charges and countercharges, including a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
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Attorney Rules on County Airport Wage Discrepancy
Katie Ruppel
The Martha’s Vineyard airport commission has the authority to establish salaries for its employees independently of other county employees salaries, an attorney for the Dukes County commission said. In a letter sent by email to county manager Martina Thornton on Dec. 11, Darren Klein, an attorney with Kopelman and Paige wrote: “In my opinion, as long as the airport commission has sufficient funds appropriated through the enterprise fund or otherwise, the airport commission has the authority . . . to fix salaries as it sees fit.”
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Airport Commission Votes Plan, Allowing for Possibility of a Jail
Jonathan Burke

After first voting unanimously to leave the door open for the possibility of a jail on airport land, the airport commissioners this week approved the master plan.

A few of the dozen people in attendance at Wednesday night's meeting had wanted more. They argued that the airport commission owed the public more than three weeks time to review a document three years in the making.

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Airport Commission Asks FAA to Move on Jail, Land Transfer
ELIZABETH BOMZE

Airport Commission Asks FAA to Move on Jail, Land Transfer

By ELIZABETH BOMZE

Conversations around the airport commission table on Wednesday night left both the dormitory housing and new jail propositions for further discussion. Two proposals, however, will be sent to the FAA: to place a jail behind the Hot Tin Roof in the southwest corner of the airport property, and to make a land swap between the airport and the state forest.

Airport manager Bill Weibrecht attributes the continued delay to the question of how best to use airport land.

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Airport Manager Resigns Abruptly; Criticizes County for Role in Lawsuit
Chris Burrell
William J. Weibrecht, the manager of the Martha's Vineyard Airport for the last five years, stunned members of the Dukes County commission and airport commission this week when he announced his intention to quit the job, effective May 20.
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