THE DUKES COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVED CHANGES TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE PER THE CHARTER STUDY COMMISSION RECOMENDATIONS
The Dukes County Commissioners approved at their regular meeting on Wednesday September 10, 2008 changes to the Administrative Code. The changes were made based on the Administrative Recommendations included in the Final Report of the Dukes County Charter Study Commission dated May 29, 2008. A Sub-committee of commissioners reviewed the recommendations and proposed the appropriate changes to the Administrative Code. Following discussions of the entire board a motion was made by resolution to incorporate those changes into the Administrative Code. The highlight of the changes was a statement that: “The County Commissioners and the County Manager shall maintain a strong working and positive relationship with the Town Governments, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and regional organizations to create a forum for addressing issues of multi-town and regional concern; and consider income generating opportunities including fee-based services; aggressive pursuit of Federal, State and private grants, fees for use of County properties, the sale or leasing of County assets, participate in regional power and other utility initiatives as well as other innovative and creative ways for raising revenue”. Another changes call for all appointments to be made in an open meeting, a limit of only one commissioner to be appointed to a given organization and no commissioner to be appointed to an agency that compensates its members, except where otherwise specified by the Mass. General Law. The amended Administrative Code also calls for all open positions to be advertised in January, rather then through the holiday season and the appointments to be made in March. This will hopefully attract more candidates for the open positions. The Appointees will be required to brief the Commission at least once annually and submit a written report to be included in the Annual Report of the County. The Commissioners also included in the Administrative Code that their meetings shall be held in different towns from time to time during the year and that they should conduct an annual Countywide public meeting to discuss county programs and the budget, prior to formal approval and prepare the budget with the input from the County Advisory Board. There is also a new requirement for the County Manager to reside on Martha’s Vineyard after the incumbent’s initial probationary period. The County Commissioners feel that these changes will help strengthen the productivity and performance of the County government. Additional changes, which were recommended by the Charter Study Group, require legislative action. This includes provisions to recall a commissioner, increase revenues and the term under which the County Manager serves. These changes continue to be pursued by the County Commissioners.
For additional information call the County Manager at 508-696-3840 or visit The Administrative Code