Tisbury elects new selectman
Tuesday's warm, summer-like weather inspired 585 Tisbury voters to turn out at the polls, about 20.6 percent of the town's 2,837 registered voters.
In a one-man contest, Tisbury voters elected Geoghan Coogan to a three-year term as selectman. Mr. Coogan, who faced no opposition, was the top vote getter with 497 votes.
In one of several contests, Roland Miller (359 votes), who blanketed the town with signs, defeated incumbent Ralph Packer (191 votes) for a three-year term as water commissioner.
In four-way race for three seats on the board of library trustees, incumbent Nan Carter (398 votes), Jo B. Weinberg (307 votes), and Pamela Street (320 votes) topped the ballot. Anna Marie D'Addarie received 224 votes.
The three-way race for two three-year terms on the public works commission proved not to be a successful foray back to electoral politics for former selectman Tom Pachico. Incumbents Arthur Dickson (358 votes) and John Thayer (427 votes) retained their seats. Mr. Pachico received 211 votes.
In a tight three-way race for a two-year term on the public works commission, Leo P. DeSorcy (198) beat Timothy Stobie (182 votes) and Nancy Hall (167 votes).
Voters approved all but one of nine ballot questions. Question six, a request for an additional $1,566,000 in taxes to fund post-employment benefits, received 187 yes votes and 328 no votes.
With no names on the official ballot, Robert Aldrin won a five-year term on the planning board with 18 write-in votes, and Denys Wortman stepped off the board of selectmen and onto the finance committee with six write-in votes.
Oak Bluffs selectmen change guard
Oak Bluffs selectmen welcomed newly elected member Kathy Burton to the board on Tuesday and installed newly re-elected member Greg Coogan as chairman.
"Anything that any member of the board can do to help your transition into the seat of power, don't hesitate to ask," outgoing chairman Ron DiOrio told Ms. Burton with a smile. With a nod toward Mr. Coogan, he added, "It's customary for the outgoing chairman to hold the gavel until the end of the meeting, but if at any time you think I'm doing a bad job, just send over a nudge."
The selectmen heard a presentation from Cassandra Boyd of Bailey Boyd Associates. She outlined a plan to use $30,000 in residual federal community development block grant funds to send Island kids to summer camps. The board unanimously endorsed the plan, requesting that the program be open Island-wide and that the most needy families get first preference for the scholarships.