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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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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