Tisbury selectmen approve police officer appointments


The Tisbury selectmen approved the appointment of Ryan Natichione and Jeremie Rogers as permanent police officers Tuesday night, at the request of Police Chief Dan Hanavan to fill vacancies in his department.

Chief Hanavan said the two special officers were seeking full-time employment and emerged as the top two candidates during the department’s application and hiring process. Mr. Natichione has worked as a special police officer for two and a half years, and Mr. Rogers for two years, Chief Hanavan said, and both have proven themselves valuable to the department.

Mr. Rogers and Mr. Natichione grew up on the Island and attended Tisbury School. Mr. Rogers graduated from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Mr. Natichione started high school there, finished off Island, and returned to Martha’s Vineyard after college. Mr. Rogers holds a college degree in criminal justice and Mr. Natichione a degree in criminology, Chief Hanavan said.

After approving their appointments, the selectmen said they would hold an official swearing-in ceremony once the new officers complete some remaining requirements and paperwork.

During their discussion session the selectmen granted permission to Bunch of Grapes owner Dawn Braasch to move the large clock from the front of the bookstore’s previous location on Main Street to its new site across the street, at the former Bowl and Board building.

Ms. Braasch said the clock was the final piece in her move to the new location. Since former Bunch of Grapes business owner Jon Nelson had purchased the clock, she said she first had to establish ownership. Ms. Braasch said she recently received confirmation that the clock was included in the bookstore’s assets when she purchased the business from Mr. Nelson in October 2008. Ms. Braasch offered to pay for the repair of the sidewalk when the clock is removed.

Under department reports, Emergency Services Facility (ESF) building committee chairman Joe Tierney requested approval to spend $4,200 on a second testing of asphalt provided by White Brothers-Lynch Corporation, which the selectmen approved. Mr. Tierney said the company has disputed the testing methods used by the pavement consultant hired by the town who concluded that the asphalt needs repair.

In other business, the selectmen approved a contract with MV Electricians for $13,600 to install the ESF’s air filtration units. They also agreed to hold a public hearing in June to discuss the creation of a town parking lot at the old fire department site on Beach Street, possibly by August.

The selectmen also approved a request from the Vineyard Haven Library board of trustees to revise the library assistant’s job description and to increase the position’s hours from 30 to 40. Library director Amy Ryan said the extra cost would be covered under the existing budget by eliminating hours and salary for a non-union part-time position that is currently vacant.

After a laborious discussion with Tashmoo Spring Building Area Management Committee members Patricia Carlet and Harriet Barrow, the selectmen agreed that for now, the building’s restrooms would only be open to the public during events, because there is no one to monitor the facility. They also agreed to allow the town’s department of public works to clean the building, with compensation from the management committee.