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March 28, 2012

Wollitz steps down from Planning Board

New member will likely be chosen in May

AMESBURY — Curtis Wollitz had to turn around and check the clock a few times during his last Planning Board meeting Monday night since he was facing a self-imposed deadline.

Wollitz resigned from his post to avoid any possible conflicts of interest after accepting a new job in real estate with Stone Ridge Properties.

But he timed his resignation so that he'd have plenty of time to approve the minutes from the previous meeting — or so he thought.

In his resignation letter to Town Clerk Bonnijo Kitchin, Wollitz made his resignation effective at 7:30 p.m., a half-hour after the scheduled start of the meeting.

"With my new employment position, I am concerned that potential conflicts of interest will arise that would limit my ability to work on many projects that come before the board, and more importantly, would reduce the number of members available to vote on these projects," Wollitz wrote in his resignation letter.

But when a lengthy, philosophical discussion on the procedures of taking minutes followed a motion to approve the March 12 minutes, Wollitz had just a few minutes to spare before voting to approve the minutes.

Wollitz then got up from his chair and told board members that it was a pleasure working with them and left.

"Thank you for your service," Planning Board Chairman Howard Dalton said.

"You don't have to be so happy," said Planning Board member David Frick to the smiling Wollitz.

Wollitz spent five years on the Planning Board, and he considers it a good experience, since it allows him to keep up with what's happening in town.

Mayor Thatcher Kezer said a vacancy will be declared at the City Council's April 10 meeting, and a joint meeting will be held with the council and Planning Board, most likely in May, to pick a replacement.

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