Special Town Meeting Set in Chilmark
BRIEN HEFLER

Special Town Meeting Set in Chilmark

By BRIEN HEFLER

Harbor repairs, health insurance for firefighters, extending the town building cap and a plan to lease out town property for a community swimming pool will all come before Chilmark voters at a special town meeting Monday night.

Set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Chilmark Community Center, the warrant includes 10 articles. Moderator Everett Poole will preside over the special session.

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Chilmark Voters Reject Home Port Plan
Ian Fein

Chilmark Voters Reject Home Port Plan

By IAN FEIN

After a two-hour debate that weighed the future of Menemsha against the town's other priorities, Chilmark voters this week passed on an opportunity to buy the Home Port restaurant and adjoining pondfront properties for $3.9 million.

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Chilmark Voters Will Tackle Harbor, Land Deal Decisions
Julia Rappaport

At a special town meeting on Monday Chilmark voters will face a slew of town spending requests ranging from money for repairs on the fire station, police station and Squibnocket beach parking lot to design work for a new building on Menemsha harbor.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Chilmark Community Center. Moderator Everett H. Poole will preside over the session.

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Chilmark Voters Reject Home Port Purchase
Sam Bungey

Occupying almost every available seat in the Chilmark Community Center, voters rejected a $2 million purchase of the Home Port restaurant at a special town meeting last night, flouting months of effort on the part of selectmen to acquire the Menemsha restaurant and surrounding property for public use.

As a result of last night’s vote, the longstanding Menemsha seafood restaurant will now likely go to Robert and Sarah Nixon, private buyers who signed an alternate purchase agreement with the current owners.

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Chilmark Strikes Scallop Deal, Seeks Details on Home Port
Sam Bungey

Chilmark’s most diehard scallopers will have a chance to increase the bushel limit in exchange for some community service.

Menemsha seafood retailer Karsten Larsen convinced selectmen at a meeting Tuesday to raise the small pond limits from two to three bushels a day, arguing that those ponds are oversubscribed with small scallops which would die in a freeze and potentially damage the pond bed.

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Wind Power’s Strongest Critics Air Their Views At Forum in Chilmark
Peter Brannen

On Sunday night opponents of wind development off Vineyard shores — including selectmen, fishermen, Wampanoags and a Republican candidate for Massachusetts governor — were given a megaphone to voice their views.

Hosted by POINT (Protect Our Islands Now for Tomorrow), a group led by Andrew Goldman of Chilmark, the forum drew a large crowd to the Chilmark Community Center.

“We will have the largest concentration of turbines anywhere in the world,” declared Mr. Goldman, who moderated the forum.

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Chilmark Okays Home Port Lunch Hours, Not New Fuel
Megan Dooley

Menemsha may have a new lunch option this summer, after the Chilmark selectmen approved an innkeeper and common victualler’s license for Dennis Barquinero, the new general manager of the Home Port, Beach Plum Inn and Menemsha Inn, with the understanding that Mr. Barquinero may open the Home Port’s take-out window for lunch.

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Chilmark Looks to Plan C for Tea Lane Farm House
Remy Tumin

Chilmark selectmen are now rethinking the future of the house at Tea Lane Farm after voters rejected a second plan at a special town meeting on Monday. The plan would have have renovated the 18th century house at a cost of $550,000 to prepare it for leasing to a tenant farmer.

With little discussion voters defeated the article by indefinite postponement.

Former town treasurer Judy Jardin led the move.

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Chilmark Voters Argue Little, Finish Annual Town Meeting
Remy Tumin

Chilmark voters made speedy work of their annual town meeting on Monday night at the Chilmark Community Center, approving an overhaul of the town personnel bylaw, a new set of rules for swimming pools and tennis courts and a $7 million budget in two hours flat.

A total of 107 voters attended; longtime moderator Everett Poole presided over the session.

The budget, up $238,000 over last year, includes a 2.6 per cent cost of living increase for town employees, the highest on the Island. Chilmark town employees received no increase last year.

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Chilmark Voters Readily Back Lease Plan for Tea Lane Farm
Remy Tumin

Chilmark is now accepting proposals for Tea Lane Farm after town voters agreed, with sweeping support this week, to lease out the historic farm on a long-term basis.

Applications are due by next month; the Tea Lane Farm committee is still finishing a timetable and rubric for the project. The farm committee will review proposals and conduct interviews with applicants and then make recommendations to a joint committee of the selectmen and land bank advisory board, which will make a final decision.

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