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11/18/2013 1:58 PM

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Greenport Planning Board chair Linnea Atkinson-Loveless (center) is stepping down from the position.

A little more than a year after first being appointed to the Greenport Planning Board, chairperson Linnea Atkinson-Loveless is resigning from the position.

Ms. Loveless, who joined the board in September 2012, said that she was vacating the position after making the decision to sell her home and move out of Greenport. She said the village was aware of her intentions when she was given the job.

“When they took me on last year I told them I could only serve for about a year because I am selling my home,” Ms. Loveless said.

Currently the village does not have a candidate in mind to fill the remaining four years of Ms. Loveless’ term, Village Administrator David Abatelli said in a phone interview Monday.

Planning Board members are now charged with appointing a new chairperson, Mr. Abatelli said. Traditionally the board member with the most years service becomes chairperson, however since all the members were appointed at the same time last year it is unclear who will become chair. Other members include Pat Mundus, Peter Jaquet, Devin McMahon, and Ben Burns.

“We’re always saddened to see people leave the board especially people that are hard working and passionate like Ms. Loveless,” Mr. Abatelli said.

The mayor is expected to make an appointment within the upcoming weeks, Mr. Abatelli said.

09/24/12 12:00pm
09/24/2012 12:00 PM

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | The Greenport Village Board meeting is tonight at 6 p.m.

The Greenport Village Board is expected to appoint an all-new planning board at its monthly meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the Third Street firehouse.

The entirely new five-member board will include real estate appraiser Peter Jauquet; attorney Linnea Atkinson-Loveless; realtor Julia Robins; Patricia Mundus, sailor and daughter of well-known shark fisherman Frank Mundus of Montauk; and Reverend Bradley Ben Burns, a former village board trustee.

Greenport Farmers’ Market organizers Lara McNeil and Eileen Rich left the planning board in March shortly after the Village Board increased a permit fee to $2,500, up from the $1,000 the market paid last year to use a municipal parking lot on Saturday mornings. Village officials had said they believed the increased permit fee would be more equitable to the business community.

The market ultimately rebuffed the village’s offer and worked out a new deal with the Greenport United Methodist Church on Main Street to operate there this season.

Ms. McNeil has said her decision to leave her post as the planning board’s chairwoman wasn’t based on the village’s actions over the market permit. After serving on the planning board for five years, Ms. McNeil said the combination of running the market, work and studying to become a registered dietitian became too much to handle all at once.

Village Administrator David Abatelli said planning board member Amy Martin left the board in the spring and member Jack Reardon left this summer. Both decided to step down from their posts due to family obligations, Mr. Abatelli said. David Bauer left the planning board shortly after Mr. Reardon did, he added.

If the Village Board approves the planning board appointments tonight, Mr. Jauquet’s term would expire in April; Ms. Atkinson-Loveless’ term would expire April 2014; Ms. Robins’ term would expire April 2015; Ms. Mundus’ term would expire April 2016; and Rev. Burns’ term would expire April 2017.

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Greenport Village Board meeting, Sept. 24, 2012