Chilmark Community Center Fee Hikes Proposed
Alex Elvin
Chilmark offers some of the lowest rates on the Island for community events. But local groups ranging from the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society to the Rotary Club could soon find themselves needing to hold their events elsewhere.
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Free Shuttle Aims to Ease Summer Parking Crunch in Menemsha
Alex Elvin

Chilmark selectmen are hoping to provide some relief for drivers looking to park in Menemsha. A free shuttle service between a parking lot on Tabor House Road and Menemsha harbor will begin August 1.

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Chilmark Selectmen: Seeking a Vote of Confidence
Warren Doty
The board of selectmen has brought a plan forward. It is now up to the wisdom of Chilmark voters to decide how to proceed.
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Selectmen Agree; Directions Change for Squibnocket Improvements
Remy Tumin
In Chilmark, selectmen discussed voter approval regarding the the Squibnocket Beach improvement project. The board also reaffirmed its vote to turn down a dredging project in Menemsha channel.
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Solar Thermal Pool Heating Proposal Draws Mixed Review
Julia Rappaport

Local pool builders, contractors and Chilmark selectmen showed up to a public hearing of the planning board Monday afternoon to discuss a proposed amendment to town zoning bylaws.

The amendment would require heated swimming pools built in the town to use solar thermal heating systems as the primary source of energy to heat that pool. The planning board hopes to put the amendment on the warrant for an Oct. 29 special town meeting.

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Chilmark Prepares for Runners, But Flags Concern on Signage
Remy Tumin

Chilmark selectmen took up a series of summer housekeeping items this week, approving the Chilmark Road Race, wrapping up harbor repair projects and reviewing advertising bylaws.

The selectmen approved the annual road race at their weekly meeting on Tuesday with one requirement: There must be more portable bathrooms throughout the course.

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Without a Tax Rate, Chilmark Turns to Short-Term Borrowing
Remy Tumin

Delayed state approval for 2012 property assessments will force the town of Chilmark to operate on borrowed money for the early part of the fiscal year, the selectmen learned this week. Without certified assessments from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, the town cannot set a tax rate, and without a tax rate it cannot send out property tax bills for the second half of the year. Preliminary tax bills for the first half of the year went out in October.

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