Citing abusive criticism, Mullen resigns Planning Board position

(Photo by Hannah Shirley) A New Marlborough Planning Board meeting in late February.

MILL RIVER — James Mullen, citing repeated criticism of him by the public, has resigned from the Planning Board in a Feb. 27 letter addressed to board chairman Peter Tiso and the select board.

Mullen served on the Planning Board for 18 years and served as chairperson for 10 of those years. He also represented New Marlborough on the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) since 2002 and served as its chairperson for three years.

“Unfortunately, over the past year, during board meetings, I have been subjected to ad- hominem attacks by members of the public opposed to my positions,” Mullen wrote in his resignation letter. “Even more unfortunately, the Planning Board chairperson has enabled those attacks. Without demonstrable support of the chairperson, I cannot continue to serve effectively on the board.”

Mullen’s resignation came after he walked out of the regular Feb. 20 select board meeting during discussions about defining village centers as a preliminary step to drafting marijuana bylaws became heated.

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