West Tisbury increases inspectors’ wages


West Tisbury’s board of directors unanimously approved the requests made by the city’s building inspector, Joseph K. Tierney, Jr. at a Zoom meeting on Wednesday. The council approved an amendment to the fees and remuneration of inspectors, as well as to the budget of the building department.

“Basically our plumbing, gas and electrical inspectors haven’t had an increase since September 2016,” Tierney said. After comparing the fees to other towns on the Island, he recommends increasing the inspection fee by $ 5 ($ 70 to $ 75), which can be used to cover a $ 5 increase in compensation for inspectors ($ 65 to $ 70).

West Tisbury Chairman of the Board, Skipper Manter, asked about the data entry software inspectors use for their work. Tierney said the old software company had a structure that took 7.5% of each inspection. The current software company that the building department now uses has no per-revenue inspection fee. Knowing this, Manter took issue with the need to increase inspection fees. He just wanted to increase the inspectors’ salaries and keep the fees as they are.

“I guess we could increase the inspectors’ salaries without actually increasing the fees,” Tierney said after some calculations. “But, I would like to reserve the right to speak to Cathy [Minkiewicz, West Tisbury finance committee member] to confirm it.

Manter and West Tisbury, board member Cynthia Mitchell, agreed it would be good. They voted unanimously to keep inspection fees at $ 70 and increase inspectors’ compensation. This motion is subject to change based on what Tierney hears from Minkiewicz.

Tierney also presented the building department’s budget for fiscal year 2023. The budget presented includes $ 13,025 in expenses, $ 264,181 in personnel services (increase from $ 242,171 in fiscal 2022) and income. of $ 175,550 (down from $ 175,975 in fiscal 2022). Tierney said the bulk of the budget is staff costs and will need to adjust it a bit after the select committee’s decision on inspection fees and inspectors’ pay is made. However, Tierney doesn’t expect this change to affect the budget too much. The board of directors unanimously approved the budget as written.

In other cases, certain appointments were approved by the select committee. Hal Garneau was unanimously approved for a provisional three-year term as West Tisbury’s representative on the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council. West Tisbury City Administrator Jennifer Rand has said she will need to check to see if Garneau is serving a full term or if she is sitting for a remaining term.

Two people, Christopher West and Samantha Gitschier, were unanimously approved as assistant animal control officers. Help comes as West Tisbury’s Assistant Animal Control Officer Kimberly Andrade has resigned.

“I think they are both highly skilled and I look forward to working with them,” said Anthony Cordray, West Tisbury Animal Control Officer.

Fred Barron was unanimously appointed to the West Tisbury Conservation Commission. He replaces current member of the Conservation Commission John Brannen and will serve the remainder of the term until April 2022.

During a meeting on December 15, the board was presented with a South Fork Wind’s request for comment for a cable connected to an offshore wind project. The jury has decided not to say anything at this time, but reserves the right to comment in the future.

The Dukes County Health Council is looking for a representative from West Tisbury, preferably a member of the board. The request arrived by correspondence, but the select committee decided to put it under new business at its next meeting.

A public hearing was scheduled for Lambert’s Cove Inn’s wine and malt license application, but was postponed until January 12.


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