School HVAC tops Chilmark warrant

Rich Saltzberg

Chilmark voters will address a 19-article special town meeting warrant on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm. The meeting will be held at the Chilmark Community Center, outdoors. At a meeting of the Chilmark select board on Tuesday, Chilmark town administrator Tim Carrol advised voters to dress warmly, as the temperature is expected to be in the 50s, and because it was unclear whether a vendor would come through with a tent for the event.

An article seeking $950,000 for a Chilmark School HVAC and heat pump system is by far the most expensive item on the warrant. The article calls for the money to be raised through bonds. If approved by Chilmark voters, the sum is contingent on approval by voters in Aquinnah and West Tisbury. The sum was also contingent on approval by Up-Island School Committee. However, the Up-Island School Committee voted to approve the sum via an inter-municipal agreement in October. The $950,000 in bonds would be paid back by the three up-Island towns, according to the Up-Island School District formula. 

Chilmark voters will be asked to weigh in on another regional school expenditure — $41,115 for a West Tisbury School roof project. The figure represents Chilmark’s portion of a $321,713 overall cost. 

Among other things, voters will be asked whether to approve $35,000 from the fire stabilization fund for a fire department 4-by-4 truck, $50,000 from the waterways improvement account for dredging and piling replacements in Menemsha, $26,000 from general funds to upgrade town hall computer systems, $14,500 from a cemetery fund to erect a fence at Abel’s Hill Cemetery, and $200,000 from the highway stabilization fund for roadwork.