MOULTONBOROUGH — The selectmen have yet to address a petition presented earlier this month urging them not to renew the contract of Town Administrator Carter Terenzini when it expires on March 31 and to convene a committee to begin searching for his successor.
When the Selectboard met last week, Chairman Joel Mudgett said that there has not been an opportunity to discuss the petition. When Selectman Chris Shipp suggested the board schedule a non-public meeting to consider the issue, his colleagues appeared to agree, but took no steps to convene a meeting.
When the petition bearing nearly 200 signatures was presented, the board accepted it in silence, save for Shipp who asked how many residents had signed it, while Terenzini jotted down notes. Speaking almost under his breath, Mudgett said that the board would take the petition "under advisement".
Jordan Prouty, longtime trustee of the trust funds, presented the petition. Reading from a prepared statement he described the town administrator as "the face of the town to the public," whose "actions, values, demeanor and character reflect who we are as a community. When citizens find that his conduct and values and actions do not reflect positively on our community," he continued, "they are left with no recourse, but to appeal to the body that made the decision to employ Mr. Terenzini."
Prouty said that petitioners share "a firm faith that a change will make for a better future." Noting "we wish Mr. Terenzini no ill will," he claimed that "his actions have created animosity and divisiveness both in and out of town hall" and concluded "we have lost confidence in his ability to properly represent the citizens of Moultonboro." The petitioners, he said, "do not take this action lightly," but believe a change is required to "move forward in a positive manner that better reflects our values."
The signatories to the petition, Prouty said, "are making a clear, fair request for a more harmonious future," which requires a town administrator "with natural leadership skills and values matching those exemplified by our many long term volunteers."
Terenzini has been unpopular among a section of the community for much of his five-year tenure and questions about his renewing his contract have arisen before.