Oak Bluffs building inspector resigns

After two and a half years on the job, Mark Barbadoro is headed for Fitchburg.

Oak Bluffs building inspector Mark Barbadoro emphasizes the poor condition of the Island Theater at a selectmen's meeting. Mr. Barbadoro has resigned as building inspector citing the high cost of living on the Island. —Barry Stringfellow

Building inspector Mark Barbadoro has given his verbal resignation to town administrator Robert Whritenour, and will be leaving in about a month to take the building inspector position in Fitchburg.

Mr. Barbadoro cited the Island cost of living as his main reason for leaving.

“Life on the Vineyard has been a hard adjustment,” he told The Times on Saturday. “The cost of living here is extremely high. I can do better salary-wise off-Island, and the cost of living is considerably lower.”

Mr. Barbadoro said Eladio Gore of Falmouth has been working part-time in his office, and will continue after his departure. Mr. Barbadoro added that he will help the town find his replacement: “I’ve put feelers out, and I’ll do what I can to help the transition.”

Mr. Barbadoro’s departure comes just as the busy season for contractors kicks into high gear. “Eladio can issue permits, but he’s only part-time,” he said. “People are just going to have to be patient. The town is in a transition period.” Mr. Barbadoro’s resignation comes only two months after Oak Bluffs health inspector Ade Solarin resigned.

“There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but I have to say, I’m really going to miss this place,” Mr. Barbadoro said.

“I’m very proud of Mark, he did a great job for this town. Fitchburg is quite large a jump from our bucolic town of Oak Bluffs,” town administrator Robert Whritenour told The Times on Monday. “Obviously it sets us back a little bit. We’ll have to move to fill the position quickly.”  

The board of selectmen is working on an interim program that will mitigate disruption of services, Mr. Whritenour said.  “Most importantly, the local building community won’t face any disruption in services,” he said. “Eladio Gore is staying on a couple of days a week, he’s a great resource. It’ll be tough filling the job. I just hope we’re able to find someone as skilled as Mark was.”

Mr. Barbadoro is also a part-time building inspector for the town of Aquinnah. Town administrator Adam Wilson did not respond to The Times for comment.