Jones Library trustee formally resigns

Staff Writer
Published: 7/18/2016 9:41:47 PM

AMHERST — An elected trustee for the Jones Library resigned Monday, informing the town clerk’s office that time constraints prevent him from continuing as part of the six-member board.

Jonathan McCabe, of 57 Glendale Road, also issued a statement blaming Amherst’s “Tea Party” for trying to stop a project to renovate and expand the library building, and that he can be a more effective advocate as a member of the “peanut gallery” outside the limitations imposed by the board. 

“I would prefer to confront these folks as a fellow citizen rather than as a minor elected official,” McCabe wrote.

Library Director Sharon Sharry, the Select Board, and town manager’s office were all notified about the resignation, said Assistant Town Clerk Susan Audette.

Town Clerk Sandra Burgess said the elected boards will determine how to proceed with filling the vacancy.

“What is done and when it is done will be up to the Select Board and Library Trustees,” Burgess said.

In the past, the boards have solicited applications from the public and then made joint appointments to fill the remainder of the term.

McCabe said he enjoyed serving on the trustees and Joint Capital Planning Committee. He was first elected as a trustee as a write-in candidate in 2013, and was reelected without opposition in March.

“At the same time, I have grown deeply tired of dealing with the small group of obstructionists in town who seem to relish making civic engagement and public service as unpleasant as possible,” McCabe wrote. “These people are harming Amherst, and they need to be challenged.”

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