Aquinnah special town meeting is Tuesday


Aquinnah will hold a special town meeting Tuesday to clean up accounts, refine the definition of fulltime employees, and take action on revisions to zoning bylaws designed to protect residents against floods.

In a town where raising a quorum for town meeting is sometimes problematic, selectmen urged voters to turn out in order to approve revisions to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program.

“Without approval by the Town, homeowners will not be eligible for federal flood insurance,” Jeff Burgoyne, Aquinnah town administrator wrote in an email sent to town residents.

The meeting begins at 7 pm in the old town hall. There are seven articles on the special town meeting warrant, the first meeting newly elected town moderator Mike Hebert will preside over.

Article one asks voters to revise the town’s flood plain overlay districts and apply the relevant zoning regulations for construction of structures and for the use of the land within those districts.

Article two asks voters to amend the personnel bylaw so that a full-time employee means an employee who works 30 or more hours per week on an annual basis.

Article three would define a part-time employee as one who works less than 30 hours per week.

Article four, also an amendment to the personnel bylaw, would add language that changes the calculation for holiday pay benefits.

The change would require that arrangements be made with an employee’s supervisor to schedule compensatory substitute holidays and require that holiday time be used during the same fiscal year.

A two-thirds vote is required for passage of all bylaw changes.

Articles five, six and seven asks voters to approve budget transfers.

Voters will be asked to transfer $5,448 from free cash to purchase a new rescue trailer for the police emergency all-terrain vehicle.