DUKES COUNTY COMMISSION
Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.
County Administration Building
Call to Order
Chairman John Alley called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. A quorum was present. Commissioners Leonard Jason, Jr., Leslie Leland, and Roger Wey were present. E. Winn Davis, Dukes County Manager and Deborah H. Potter, Executive Assistant were also present.
Other representatives or visitors present included, Abby Brown of MVTV; Jim Kinsella of the Vineyard Gazette; Sheriff Michael McCormack, Dukes County Sheriff; Lois Flynn, Citizen; Ted Stanley, Citizen, and Michael Magaraci, Citizen. Dan Flynn, Citizen was intermittently present.
Adoption or Release of Minutes:
The Executive session minutes of July 24, 2004 were reviewed and Leonard Jason Jr. moved/seconded by Roger Wey to release the minutes and SO VOTED (4-0-0)
The Executive session minutes of January 11, 2006 inadvertently omitted Leslie Leland’s name from the members present and the correction to add Leslie Leland’s name to the approved minutes was duly noted by the Commissioners
The minutes of February 8, 15, and 22, 2006 were deferred, as there was not a quorum of commissioners present at those meetings to approve the minutes.
The minutes of March 01, 2006 were deferred as well.
County Manager’s Report:
q State Archives Division Letter: Mr. Davis reported on the letter received from Mr. French regarding his tour of the county facilities. He noted that Mr. French was pleased to observe that the Dukes County Administration Building contains two Class “A” safes and two Fire King filing cabinets for in-office storage and recommended additional fireproof storage devices be obtained. Additionally, he was pleased to learn that the County Treasurer has requested permission to dispose of obsolete records. Mr. Davis noted that we are in the process of finding additional space for secure storage.
q CY 2006 Appointment to the Cape Light Compact Representative:
Michael Magaraci Exp Dec. 31, 2006
Mr. Davis introduced Mr. Magaraci who is interested in volunteering and as Mr. Knowles has asked to be replaced as the Cape Light Compact Representative, Mr. Magaraci is willing to accept an appointment to this position. Mr. Jason asked if Mr. Magaraci would be able to make the monthly meeting and Mr. Magaraci stated he could. Leslie Leland moved/ Roger Wey seconded to appoint Mr. Magaraci as the Cape Light Compact Representative and SO VOTED (4-0-0)
q Cape and Island District Attorney Letter: Mr. Davis reported that we received a letter from the Cape and Islands DA asking for a response to a complaint about the Open Meeting Law regarding the Special meeting on January 17, 2006 and is in the process of responding to the request indicating why the meeting was properly posted.
q Commissioner Leland Letter: Mr. Davis reported that Mr. Leland submitted a letter requested it be forwarded to Dukes County Counsel Marcia Cini in which he calls into question the process and procedures in the rescinding of the airport commission appointments. Mr. Davis stated he would deliver the letter to Ms. Cini tomorrow.
q New Judge: Mr. Davis advised the commissioners that the Chief Justice has appointed Judge Moses to hear the motion on the elimination of treble damages.
q New Paint: Mr. Davis thanked the Sheriff, Mr. Brian Kennedy, and the Trial Court Community Service Program for painting the administration end of the building. Mr. Kennedy and his group will return soon to paint the Treasurer’s end as well.
q Status of Airport Commissioners: Mr. Davis noted that at last weeks meeting the Commissioner voted on the finalists for the airport commission positions. He noted that the final release from the applicants had been received and was faxed to Ms. Meibaum of State Ethics this morning. Mr. Davis requested a ruling as soon as possible and advised the Commissioners he would be posting a special meeting on Wednesday the 15th at noon to finalize the airport commission appointments since the Airport Commissioners had a meeting on March 15 at 5:30 pm. Mr. Davis advised he would ask Mr. Sollitto to attend the Airport Commissioners meeting to swear in the
candidates. Mr. Leland noted that in the February 22 he made a motion that was approved to postpone the selection of the airport commissioners until the county received a written letter from State Ethics to resolve these issues and wondered why action was being taken. Mr. Jason responded that the State Ethics commission replied they did not want to handle the issue in this manner and wanted us to submit a slate of candidates. Mr. Davis added that the State Ethics Commission had multiple individuals requesting opinions and they wanted us to submit a list of finalists with a release and statement of fact regarding any interaction with the airport for their review as a group. Mr. Leland questioned the rush to appoint five airport commissioners when there was a possibility that only three seat were available.
q Prescription Drug Task Force: Mr. Davis reported for Mr. Sawyer that the first meeting of the group occurred yesterday and the beginning of a good relationship between the Tribe and the County was begun. Mr. Widdiss and Mr. MacLaren will be going to Maine fairly soon to get more information on the Penobscot Indian Nation’s program and the group is off to a good start.
q TRI: Mr. Davis also reported for Mr. Sawyer that only two towns have proceeded with the grant this year that provides financing for home repairs. Alice Boyd has indicated that the information has been provided to all the towns but only Oak Bluffs and Tisbury have indicated interest. Mr. Davis encouraged the commissioners to still support the grant in the interests of the two towns. Roger Wey moved/seconded by Leslie Leland to send a letter of support for the grant and SO MOVED (4-0-0).
q February 15, 2006 minutes: Mr. Jason noted that there was a quorum of commissioners present to approve these minutes. Leonard Jason Jr. moved/seconded by Leslie Leland to approve the minutes of February 15, 2006 and SO VOTED (4-0-0).
Recess: Chairman Alley recessed the meeting pending the completion of the County Advisory Board meeting occurring in the Retirement Room.
· The next Dukes County Commissioners Meeting is Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at NOON at the Administration Building
· The Martha's Vineyard Airport Commission meets Wednesday, March 15, 2006 5 p.m. at the General Aviation Building
· The Steamship Authority meets Tuesday, March 21, 2006 in Woods Hole
· The Dukes County Health Council meets Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 7:30 a.m. at the West Tisbury Public Safety Building
· The Dukes County Regional Housing Authority meets TBD at the DCRHA building, State Road, Vineyard Haven.
Mr. Alley reconvened the Dukes County Commissioners meeting at 7:28 pm to advise the Commissioners that the Advisory Board meeting was running late. Since Mr. Leland had a prior commitment at 8:00 pm, Chairman John S. Alley asked for a motion to adjourn. Leslie Leland moved/seconded by Roger Wey and SO VOTED to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted by:
JOSEPH E. SOLLITTO JR., Clerk of the Courts