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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Boards Forge Peace Accord
James Kinsella

Boards Forge Peace Accord

County and Airport Commissions Find Compromise in the Tussle Over Airport Manager Salary; Lawsuit Remains Pending

By James Kinsella
Gazette Senior Writer

Caught in a costly legal battle over who controls the Martha's Vineyard Airport, the airport commission and the Dukes County commission have agreed on a compromise to help avoid such disputes in the future.

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County Commission Postpones Discussion on the Airport Case
James Kinsella

The sword of Damocles apparently will dangle a while longer over the finances of Dukes County government.

The county commission tentatively had slated a meeting for tomorrow with the finance advisory board to discuss strategy in what could be a major legal judgment against the county. But county manager E. Winn Davis said yesterday the meeting had been canceled.

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Commission Names Manager of Airport
James Kinsella

Island residency proved the trump card for Sean Flynn, who was selected as manager of Martha's Vineyard Airport on Wednesday night in a 4-3 vote of the airport commission.

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Commission Establishes Airport Manager Salary, Discounts Prior Compact
James Kinsella

Commission Establishes Airport Manager Salary, Discounts Prior Compact

By JAMES KINSELLA
Gazette Senior Writer

Disregarding a prior agreement on airport governance, the Martha's Vineyard Airport commission last night agreed to pay its new airport manager outside the Dukes County employee pay scale.

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Airport Commission Appointments Spark Resignation, Sharp Allegations
James Kinsella

Concern over actions by the Martha's Vineyard Airport commission has spurred a former airport commissioner to call for an investigation by the Massachusetts attorney general.

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County Boards Collide Again
James Kinsella

County Boards Collide Again

Two Resignations Are Tendered, Two Appointments Rescinded on Airport Commission; Confusion Now Reigns

By JAMES KINSELLA
Gazette Senior Writer

Resignations and rescinded appointments Tuesday shattered the fragile peace between the Dukes County Commission and the Martha's Vineyard Airport commission.

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