To The Daily Sun,
The recent decision by the Moultonborough Board of Selectmen to hold a hearing for the removal of two Planning Board members pursuant to RSA 673:13 as a result of their alleged "inefficiency, neglect of duty or malfeasance" is badly misplaced. The Legislature in enacting this statute intended it for substantial malfeasance or misfeasance, but not for a vote the Board of Selectmen did not agree with, which is the apparent reason for this action.
The Moultonborough Board of Selectmen should take a lesson from the Meredith Board of Selectmen, which when they were unhappy about a decision made by their Zoning Board (regarding the Foundry Avenue Realty Trust's application for a variance), the SelectBoard filed a timely appeal to the Superior Court, which ultimately remanded the matter back to the Zoning Board due to errors made by that board.
The actions of the Moultonborough Board of Selectmen in attempting remove Planning Board members for their votes will do nothing to rectify real or perceived deficiencies insofar as the Planning Board decision is concerned.