MEREDITH — Not long after walking out of a workshop session on Wednesday, Lou Kahn formally resigned from the Board of Selectmen.
Following the resignation of Hillary Seeger earlier the same day, Kahn's departure leaves the board with three members, two of whom — Carla Horne and Peter Brothers — are retiring when their terms expire next month.
Kahn, who chaired the U.S. 3/N.H. 25 Advisory Committee, left the workshop after a resident critical of the committee's recommended traffic plan, told him "you are the problem". When Kahn asked his colleagues "am I the problem" and sought their support, they did not respond and he left the room. Shortly before 7 p.m. he sent an e-mail to Town Manager Phil Warren tendering his resignation "in view of the unwillingness of the members of the Selectboard to offer any support for me in the face of a personal attack at the last meeting."
A longtime member of the Planning Board, Kahn was elected to the Selectboard in 2013 and had one year remaining on his three year term.
Earlier on Wednesday Seeger wrote to her colleagues explaining that "the time constraints placed on me by my full-time job make it difficult for me to fully participate in an endeavor which is largely scheduled during normal business hours." She urged the selectmen to consider scheduling their regular and committee meetings "outside of normal closing she wrote that "it has been a pleasure to serve the town I love so much" and thanked the people for electing her.
Town Manager Phil Warren said yesterday that the two seats opened by the retirements of Horne and Brothers will be filled by the election on March 10. There are eight candidates on the ballot — Rosemary Landry, Michael Hatch, Jonathan James, Bev Lapham, Raymond Moritz, Roland Tichy, Michael Pelczar and David Bennett, Sr. — and the two with the most votes will be declared the winners.
Warren said that after the election the new board will appoint two persons to fill the remaining seats. He anticipated that when the board meets on March 16 the three selectmen will invite applications, without limiting the field to the unsuccessful candidates in the election, then proceed to appoint two of the applicants.
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