Tisbury selectmen reschedule next meeting to April 1

In a departure from their usual bi-weekly meeting schedule, the Tisbury selectmen held a special meeting Tuesday, most of it in executive session. Although the agenda listed a hearing to consider “the discipline, dismissal or complaints brought against an employee,” the selectmen called off the hearing, selectman chairman Jeff Kristal told The Times in a phone conversation Wednesday.

In other business, the selectmen reconvened in open session and voted to appoint William L. Sweeney as a full member of the Shellfish Advisory Committee through June 30. They had postponed action on his appointment at their meeting last week, in order to resolve a question about possible conflict of interest raised by commercial shellfisherman Lynne Fraker.

Mr. Kristal said Mr. Sweeney, who formerly served as an alternate committee member, sought the advice of the State Ethics Commission and filed a disclosure of appearance of conflict of interest with the town clerk. Mr. Sweeney’s disclosure states he is dating the shellfish constable and that he feels he can perform his official duties as a member of the Shellfish Advisory Committee objectively and fairly. Although the committee advises the selectmen on shellfish regulations and issues concerning the ponds, Mr. Sweeney said there is low risk of him exercising improper influence because the selectmen make the decisions.

Selectmen rescheduled their March 25 meeting to 5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 1. It will include a public hearing regarding a proposed increase in overtime parking fines from $15 to $25.