Chilmark voters say yes to Center for Living, no to school building

Chilmark voters went to the polls Wednesday. File photo by Michael Cummo

Chilmark voters went to the polls Wednesday and put another nail in the coffin for the proposed new school administration building. Voters looked more kindly on a new building for the Center for Living.

Both items appeared as Proposition 2.5 override questions on the town ballot.

The vote was 106 to 35 in favor of the town contributing to a county purchase of the former VNA building In Tisbury for use by the Center for Living at an estimated total cost of $1.6 million.

Voters were less willing to pitch in to build a new school administration building at an estimated cost of $3.9 million on the grounds of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. The vote was 69 in favor and 76 against.

All six towns needed to vote in favor of the proposal. West Tisbury and Tisbury have already said no.

A total of 145 people, or about 16 per cent of the town’s 913 registered voters exercised their right to cast a ballot.

There were no contested elections. Election results were as follows: selectman, William Rossi (110 votes); board of assessors, Leonard Jason Jr., (126); board of health, Janet Buhrman (119); three members of the finance committee for three-year terms, Bruce E. Golden (121), Vicki Jamieson Divoll (96), Adam DeBettencourt (16 write-in votes);  finance committee one year term, Susan B. Murphy (123); planning board five-year term, John K. Eisner (108); planning board one-year term, Samuel A. Hart (122); fence viewer, Julianna M. Flanders (128); library trustee three-year term, Jane D. Kaplan (123); library trustee, one-year term, Heather S. Quinn (116); cemetery commissioner, John O. Flender, (129); tree warden, Keith L. Emin (133); surveyor of wood, lumber, and bark three-year term, Keith Emin (11); surveyor of wood, lumber, and bark one-year term, Elisha Wiesner (5); constable, Marshall E. Carroll 3rd,  (132); Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission, Pamela Spear Goff, (131).