Oak Bluffs building inspector Jerry Wiener resigns

— File photo by Mae Deary

Oak Bluffs building inspector Jerry Wiener submitted a letter of resignation to selectmen that they unanimously accepted during a short afternoon meeting Tuesday.

“I’m retiring, I’m doing it for medical reasons,” Mr. Wiener said in a telephone interview on Monday. “I’ll be around for consultations.”

In his letter to selectmen, Mr. Wiener said his last official day of work will be October 11, but he would use up to 16 vacation days before that date.

Selectmen briefly discussed converting the full time position to part-time.

“Since building permits are down, and building is down, and we’re trying to save money, I think it’s a good idea,” chairman Kathy Burton said.

In his latest annual report, Mr. Wiener said the number of building permit requests was about the same in 2010 as it was in 2009, but they included far fewer new construction permits, and far more permits for roofing, siding, renovations, and decks.

In 2010 the town issued 11 permits for single-family residential homes, six permits for renovations, and 21 permits for alterations.

Also Tuesday, selectmen began forming a search committee for a “more permanent” town administrator.

“There no such thing as a permanent town administrator,” Ms. Burton said.

The board recently hired former Falmouth town manager Bob Whritenour as interim town administrator.

Selectmen agreed to ask various community organizations and government boards to nominate a representative to the search committee, in addition to the community leaders they intend to nominate.

Among the community groups and boards considered for representation so far are the finance and advisory committee, personnel board, school committee, the NAACP of Martha’s Vineyard, summer residents, and the community development committee.

Selectmen agreed there would be no selectmen represented on the search committee.

The board set a target deadline of December 13 for a decision on hiring a new town administrator.