Controversial Road Plan Wins Approval in Edgartown Meeting
Ian Fein

Controversial Road Plan Wins Approval in Edgartown Meeting

By IAN FEIN

Edgartown voters last night continued to back the Pennywise Path affordable housing project, turning a deaf ear to pleas that called for postponing the controversial taking of a second access road to the development.

Residents approved all 12 articles on the special town meeting warrant, including a $310,000 appropriation to bring water, sewerage and electricity to the project.

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Super Tuesday: Oak Bluffs
Jim Hickey

Voters at the Oak Bluffs annual town meeting next week will consider a number of articles that could radically alter the design and layout of the town for generations to come.

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Aquinnah Reconvenes Town Meeting
Ian Fein

Aquinnah Reconvenes Town Meeting

By IAN FEIN

Aquinnah voters this week will pick up where they left off one month ago and reconvene their annual town meeting to try to adopt a balanced town budget.

The original town meeting adjourned early on May 9 when it became clear that a large contingent of voters were unhappy with the budget as presented. This week's meeting, a continuation of the chaotic first installment, will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the old town hall.

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Tax Override Fails in Oak Bluffs; Meeting Heads Into a Third Night
Jim Hickey

The annual town meeting in Oak Bluffs this week was at times testy and decidedly prolonged — so much so that two nights and seven hours of spirited debate were not nearly enough, forcing the meeting to spill into next week.

After a grueling second night that focused almost entirely on the town budget and finances, voters agreed to adjourn until Monday at 7 p.m. at the Oak Bluffs School.

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Bills Await as Aquinnah Stalls Special Town Meeting Again
Sam Bungey

There was a lot wrong with the warrant for an Aquinnah special town meeting planned for Feb. 3, but a posting error was the official cause for a last-minute cancellation.

The decision, made at the selectmen’s meeting Tuesday, further postpones votes on some $20,000 in town housekeeping measures outstanding since last fall, and action on a proposal from Ted Cammann and Jim Glavin of Chilmark to stage a seasonal performing arts program at the Aquinnah Cliffs.

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Affordable Housing Site Focus of Aquinnah Town Meeting
Remy Tumin

At a special town meeting this coming Tuesday night, Aquinnah voters will be asked to buy land for a new affordable housing site and approve a new tax amnesty program, among other things.

Moderator Michael Hebert will preside over the special session that begins at 7 p.m. in the old town hall. There are nine articles on the warrant.

The community preservation committee is asking voters to approve borrowing $240,000 to buy a 6.3-acre parcel of land at 45 State Road to be converted into either affordable homes or rental units.

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Longtime Moderator Recalls Skunks, Bumps in Aquinnah
Megan Dooley

Longtime Aquinnah moderator Walter Delaney remembers, years ago, spotting an unexpected visitor sneak into a town meeting. It was a warm summer night, and he had just gaveled the meeting to a close when a skunk strolled through the front doors and settled in beneath a chair in the back of the room. Calmly, the moderator directed the other meeting attendees out the side door, careful not to alert them to their curious guest and spark a potentially smelly panic.

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Aquinnah Town Meeting Sees Walter Delaney Give up Gavel
Megan Dooley

The Aquinnah selectmen expect a swift and easy special and annual town meeting on Tuesday, citing a noncontroversial warrant despite a long list of articles, and plenty of free cash to cover all the spending.

“I don’t see a single thing that’s controversial,” said selectman Camille Rose at Tuesday night’s selectmen meeting.

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Oak Bluffs Must Settle Again Its Issues Over Tax and Spend
Jim Hickey

Oak Bluffs voters will face a new round of tough financial decisions at the annual town meeting Tuesday, beginning with a $24.7 million operating budget that the town may or may not be able to afford, and ending with a dozen override questions totaling $647,000 that put voters between a rock and a hard place: pay more taxes or do without.

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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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