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Gus Widmayer Resigns From Planning Board

by Russell Harris
At the August 22 Planning Board Meeting, Chairman Russell Burke announced that recently-elected member Gus Widmayer had resigned. Besides having served as an elected member of the Planning Board, Mr. Widmayer is owner and developer of the former Donelan’s Market property at 240 Main Street, now called Kilbourn Place.
     Chairman Burke said, “I note with regret that we received today the letter of resignation of Gus Widmayer.” Burke said that letter cited the demands of other endeavors as the reason for the resignation. Burke continued, “We want to thank Gus for his service to the Planning Board contribution to the Board and wish him well in his endeavors.”
     When contacted by the Groton Herald, Mr. Widmayer would not comment on his motivation for resigning beyond the reasons cited in the resignation letter [below]. However, Chairman Burke’s decision to insist on pursuing a major site plan review for Widmayer’s plan to renovate and develop the Kilbourn Place may have been a factor triggering the resignation. The story on Page One gives background of the Burke’s decision and reasoning for pursuing a major site plan review of Kilbourn Place.
Text of Mr. Widmayer’s resignation letter
Dear Mr. Burke,
     It has been my great privilege to serve these past fourteen months on the Town Planning Board, including the thrill of running in an election and garnering -- along with my colleague George Barringer -- 60% of the vote; (Did you know that no U.S. president since 1824 has ever achieved more than 61% of the popular vote?) In all respects, I appreciate the depth of focus and dedication that has been demonstrated time and again by the members of this Board. The work they do is important. The knowledge they possess is impressive.
     The time has come for me to shift my energies to another program that is important to the town: the renovation of the former Donelans building at Kilbourn Place. It is my intention to transform that space for the pleasure and enjoyment of Groton residents now and in the future with services that are in high demand. The renovation will present challenges and hard work ahead but I am up to the task, especially knowing that many jobs will materialize at that site and much new revenue will be generated for the town.
     I hereby resign my post on the Planning Board with immediate effect.
     Sincerely, Gus G. Widmayer.
     The Planning Board has posted a public notice in this week’s paper seeking a replacement for the now vacant seat.
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