West Tisbury has MVC slot to fill after Brian Smith resigns


West Tisbury’s appointed representative to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC), Brian Smith, resigned effective Sept. 10. Chairman of the selectmen Jeffrey “Skipper” Manter read Mr. Smith’s resignation letter when selectmen met on Sept. 10.

In his letter, Mr. Smith thanked the selectmen and the town. “I have business and personal commitments that limit the time I can contribute to the commission,” he said. “I am starting a new business. I need to read more Dr. Seuss and less zoning regulations. Thank you for the opportunity to work with dedicated commissioners working to preserve this place we all love. When the time is right I will be back.”

Mr. Manter made a motion to accept the letter “with deep regret and gratitude.”

Selectman Richard Knabel said he appreciated the time Mr. Smith has put in. “He has gone way beyond what one might expect him to have done,” he said. Jennifer Rand, town administrator, said she would advertise the vacancy.

Mr. Smith has been the West Tisbury selectmen’s appointee to the Island’s powerful regional permitting body since 2010. The MVC is made up of 21 members. Nine are elected by Vineyard voters Island-wide in elections held every two years, six are appointed on an annual basis by the towns’ boards of selectmen, one is appointed on an annual basis by the Dukes County Commission, and five are appointed by the governor or a member of the cabinet (of these, four do not vote on DRIs or DCPCs).