After three years at the helm, Jared Meader will depart from his role as Tisbury wastewater superintendent at the end of this week to take over the superintendent position in Mashpee.


Tisbury and Oak Bluffs are gearing up for expansions to their aging wastewater facilities, as officials root out illegal sewer hookups and seek nitrogen mitigation methods.

The Vineyard Haven hotel has paid fines totaling $21,400 to the town of Tisbury for illegally discharging groundwater into the aging municipal sewer system over more than half a year. The charge represents $100 a day for 214 days.


A divided Tisbury select board voted this week to appoint two new members to the town’s sewer advisory board, along with four existing members — but not longstanding representative John Best, whose request was denied.

An illegal sewer connection at a Beach Road property overwhelmed a nearby town-owned pump station during last Thursday’s intense rainfall, causing hundreds of gallons of sewage to be discharged into the Vineyard Haven harbor.

With the town sewer plant near capacity, two Island developers received conditional approval from the Tisbury select board Tuesday for additional wastewater flow at their proposed project sites downtown.