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County Commission Minutes 03/26/03
A regular meeting of the County of Dukes County Commissioners was scheduled for Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. in room B211 of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, notice of such meeting having been posted as required by law.

Commissioners Present:  John Alley, Chairman; Leonard Jason, Jr.; Leslie H. Leland; Robert Sawyer; Nelson Smith; Paul Strauss; and Roger Wey.
Also Present:  Dianne Powers, Acting County Manager; Diane Abbot, Temporary Deputy County Manager; Ezra Blair, MV Times; Sam Sawyer. Also present for part of the meeting: Joanna Jernegan; Tim McLean; Suzanne Kennedy and Skip Manter.        
Chairman Alley brought the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Minutes of March 12th were approved as amended. Commissioners Sawyer and Smith abstained. Commissioner Wey asked that there be more clarification on page 2, third paragraph, concerning consulting, giving background and not having it jump around so much. He said that there is no explanation as to what is being talked about.

Acting County Managers Report:
Dianne Powers reported that Thomas Saltonstall will start his investigation Wednesday, April 2 and continue on April 3rd.  Ms. Powers said that she would be contacting each Commissioner to set up a time to speak to Mr. Saltonstall. Commissioner Wey had concerns that he would be giving up working hours.  Ms. Powers said that she would speak to Mr. Saltonstall to see if he would conduct interviews by phone.  Ms. Powers also had a letter from Attorney Perry, stating that Steven Borer will promptly pay the Computer Lab bill, without admission of any liability or wrongdoing, if the County releases him from any future claims or liability.
Commissioner Sawyer made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Leland to accept this agreement.  Commissioner Strauss asked for legal opinion and Commissioner Wey agreed. Commissioner Sawyer amended his motion to include: subject to approval of legal counsel. Vote was unanimous in favor of the amended motion.  Commissioners agreed that they would make themselves available to sign the agreement in order to hasten the process.  Ms. Powers also stated that she had spoken to Ron Mechur and he will start his appraisal May 1st on the 14.7-acre parcel of land.  Ms. Powers also noted that the Commissioners had been given a packet containing a sub-committee report from Commissioners Sawyer and Wey and it would be discussed at the next meeting.

Sub-Committee Reports:
County Manager Screening Committee:  Ms. Abbot reported that the committee had set up interviews for 7 semi-finalists, 5 of those had chosen to continue and would be interviewed on Friday, March 28, Saturday, March 29 and Monday, March 31.  The committee would have the 3 finalists for the Commissioners by April 2nd.  Ms. Abbot asked the Commissioners if they would come up with date for the final interviews. The Commissioners discussed the feasibility of April 12, April 19th and April 26th.  As not all of the Commissioners were available on those dates, Sunday, April 6th was suggested as a date to present to the candidates. Ms. Abbot stated that she would call the candidates to see if they were available.

Old Business: Letter from Attorney Gilman concerning Carol Borer’s offer of continued assistance.  Ms. Abbot presented to the Commissioners a memo detailing the total hours Department Heads have consulted with Ms. Borer since January 2, 2003. The total hours were 106, based on figure of $45/hours, which would amount to $4,770. Commissioner Strauss had sent an email to all the Commissioners giving background and a synopsis of the report that Commissioners Strauss and Smith had presented, urging the Commissioners to wrap this up as soon as possible.  Discussion followed. Commissioner Strauss made a motion to accept the terms of the letter sent by Ms. Borer’s attorney, seconded by Commissioner Leland. Voting in favor of the motion were Commissioners Alley, Jason, Leland, Sawyer, Smith and Straus.  Commissioner Wey voted against.  Motion carries.

Motion to adjourn at 7:40 p.m.


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