No response to vacant Warren planning board seats
Warren — Four vacant Warren planning board seats are likely to remain unoccupied for an extended amount of time, said Town Manager Grant Watmough.
Following the resignation of Chairman Peter Krakoff, three other members of the seven-seat board resigned last week at a select board meeting.
Vice Chairman Melody Sainio, Board Member Beverly Williamson and Board Member Elisabeth Clark are finished with their service, effective immediately.
Sainio, in her letter of resignation, said the application of CRC Health Group "brought problems never before experienced by the board and pitted neighbors and friends against each other. Meetings were sometimes deafening with voices raised, people talking over each other, people walking around during the meetings and emotions overflowing. Understandable, but it often made it difficult for the board to hear and concentrate on what was being presented by whoever was speaking at the time."
She added the CRC proposal lasted for nearly two years and proved to be a difficult time for the town.
"Did the planning board make some mistakes – yes. Did the planning board make some correct decisions – yes. Did the planning board make any decisions for their own gain – certainly not. I made my decision to vote against CRC after long deliberation and will always believe I made the right decision for me," she said in her statement.
Watmough said the town has not received any response from residents willing to join the board. He said the select board has advertised the vacancies in a variety of ways to no avail.
Watmough acknowledged that because of controversy with the proposed methadone clinic, new board members are not likely to be found in the short term. "It might be a while," he said.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at JLaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.