The following memo was sent to all members of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission and the MVC staff late Tuesday afternoon (5:44 pm to be precise) by Mark London, MVC executive director. Nearly all the commissioners are either elected by Vineyard voters or appointed by elected officials. Mr. London is employed by the commission. Mr. London, reliable rumor has it, was guiding — the word “mastermind” has been used — the roundabout project years before the elected commissioners were involved. Now, it seems, he considers himself the judge and the commissioners members of a jury that must be sequestered lest they be contaminated by public opinion. My overboggled mind is boggling anew.
Subject: Reminder – No Ex-Parte Communications re Roundabout
Since there may be a motion to rescind the decision on the Oak Bluffs Roundabout on November 3, the issue is still pending before the Commission. Therefore, Commissioners should follow all of the ordinary procedures for public hearings and public meetings on pending applications. Ex-parte communications regarding this issue are still prohibited.
Commissioners should not discuss the issue with each other or with anyone else. The only discussion that may take place is in the presence of other Commissioners with proper notice to the parties and the public and opportunity for all Commissioners to participate in the communication. This includes your participation in public meetings other than Commission meetings.
If you are approached by a member of the public or an elected official, you should politely but firmly refuse to engage in conversation about the matter. You can tell them that the hearing is now closed and it is too late to submit additional information or opinions; should the hearing be reopened, the public will be given notice and people can submit additional materials at that time.
Also, you should avoid reading additional materials about this issue, including commentary in local newspapers.
Martha’s Vineyard Commission