Chilmark Approves Regional Spending, Turns Down School Resource Officer
Alex Elvin

Chilmark’s annual town meeting this year swung between unanimous agreement and fervent debate. All but seven of the 37 articles passed unanimously.

Read More

Chilmark Voters Take Up Islandwide Questions at Town Meeting Monday
Alex Elvin

Chilmark voters will weigh in on whether to fund a new Center for Living building for Island seniors at their annual town meeting tonight. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center, which also is the subject of funding requests this year.

Read More

Chilmark Rejects Squibnocket Plan, Favoring More Study
Remy Tumin

Chilmark voters rejected the much-discussed public-private improvement project at Squibnocket beach by a slim margin at the annual town meeting Monday night, deciding instead to study alternatives under a newly appointed committee.

Read More

Chilmark Overwhelmingly Passes Bylaw To Limit Home Size
Remy Tumin

After a passionate and at times emotional debate around preserving the character of Chilmark, voters readily approved a zoning bylaw to regulate house size in town at the annual town meeting Monday night.

The measure carried 162 to 51.

Read More

Chilmark Residents Postpone Library, Town Hall Project
Mark Alan Lovewell

Chilmark voters, at a special town meeting on Tuesday, indefinitely
postponed requests to fund major expansion projects at both the town
hall and the public library.

Read More

Town Meeting Time: Chilmark Grapples with School Costs
Chris Burrell

School costs are driving budget increases across the Island, but in Chilmark, one expense forcing voters to dig into their wallets for education spending may come as a shock.

The Menemsha School, barely four years old, already needs $100,000 in repairs that include replacing moldy floors and rotten doors. Voters will be asked Monday night at annual town meeting to foot the bill. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Chilmark Community Center.

The annual town election takes place Wednesday and will feature five override questions, but no contested races.

Read More

Chilmark Voters Breeze Through Meeting
Max Hart

Chilmark voters breezed through their annual town meeting on Monday
night without batting an eye, approved a $5.7 million budget and voted
in favor of the Martha's Vineyard Housing Bank and two versions of a
renewable energy resolution along the way.

But when they came to the final vote of the evening -- whether to use
$23,000 from the community preservation committee's open space reserve
fund to fight an invasive reed in Chilmark Pond -- the debate began over
how to vanquish the mighty phragmite.

Read More

Chilmark Voters Dispatch Town Business
Max Hart

A busy week in Chilmark began Monday with voters moving briskly through the annual town meeting, continued Wednesday with high turnout at the ballot box and ends today with another bit of important business - the reopening of the Chilmark Store.

And so goes the short and relatively quiet political season in the small up-Island town.

Read More

Chilmark Voters Address Fishing Concerns at Annusl Town Meeting on Monday Night
Rachel Nava Rohr

The Island's troubled fishing industry will be a major
focus of the Chilmark annual town meeting on Monday night.

In a town meeting warrant otherwise characterized as "very noncontroversial" by the chairman of the Chilmark board of
selectmen, J.B. Riggs Parker, "the shellfish articles will
obviously get much of the attention on the meeting floor."

Read More

Chilmark Allows Peaked Hill Tower
Julia Rappaport

Despite the small size of the crowd, the debate among Chilmark voters at their annual town meeting this week was passionate and at times heated.

On Monday night voters gathered at the Chilmark Community Center to take up a 27-article warrant. Moderator Everett H. Poole presided.

A total of 113 voters attended, well over the quorum requirement of 25.

It was a meeting which saw a rare moment when Mr. Poole laid aside his gavel for the third time in his 31-year career to speak from the floor.

Read More