Move to oust Moultonborough planning board pair fails, 5-0
Two public hearings were scheduled by the board for Monday to remove Planning Board members Josh Bartlett and Judy Ryerson. Complaints about their conduct during recent meetings prompted Town Administrator Carter Terenzini to bring to selectmen formalized reasons for the pair’s removal.
As the second hearing started, Selectman Russell Wakefield motioned to drop the case against Ryerson; the motion passed 5-0.
“I think the conduct issues are very serious, but does that rise to the point of removing a board member?” he asked. “I don’t think so. I think the place to remove a board member is in the voting booth.”
Bartlett stated publicly he would vote one way on a request and then voted another, Terenzini said, and also was frequently heard making disparaging remarks about other town officials, particularly about members of the zoning board.
Bartlett argued that he had a right to change his mind, and said his negative comments toward other boards and board members should have been taken as “constructive criticism.”
At the beginning of Bartlett’s hearing, Selectman Chris Shipp asked that the hearing be stopped because neither Planning Board member had been given the names of the complainants. In fact, neither knew the nature or details of the complaints, as the selectmen had not made public any information about the claims.
Though Wakefield and other board members said after Bartlett’s hearing that they didn’t feel an apology to Bartlett and Ryerson was in order, Shipp and Selectman Ed Charest apologized publicly before the board ended its business.
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