In a surprise move at last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Zoning Board of Appeals member Regina McAuliffe withdrew her application for reappointment to the board. Her withdrawal paved the way for selectmen to appoint Southborough businessman David Eagle as a new permanent member of the ZBA.
McAuliffe’s reappointment was scrutinized at a meeting on May 29 as part of an ongoing effort by selectmen to address complaints about the zoning board raised by developers and residents last year. At the meeting Selectman Bill Boland said he would not support McAuliffe for reappointment, while Selectmen John Rooney and Dan Kolenda said they wanted to hear from other candidates before making a decision.
At last night’s meeting, selectmen interviewed David Eagle, who is currently an alternate member of the ZBA, for a permanent position on the board. The Metrowest Daily News describes what happened next.
McAuliffe, who served for seven years, listened to the board interview Eagle in silence last night. When asked to speak, she said she had nothing more to add to statements she made on May 29 and abruptly withdrew her application.
McAuliffe said she withdrew the application “in light of some situations that have come about.” She declined to comment further after the meeting.
After McAuliffe withdrew her application, selectmen unanimously voted to appoint Eagle, but not before voicing some concerns over potential conflicts of interest. Read more about their concerns – and Eagle’s assurances – in this article by the MWDN.