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Supervisor resigns from Antrim board

August 15, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The chairman of the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors resigned Tuesday night and another supervisor stepped down from his seat on the Antrim Township Municipal Authority.

Robert Whitmore announced his resignation as chairman after 16 years on the board.

"It's time, the time commitment," Whitmore said in a phone interview late Tuesday.

Scott Diffenderfer was not present at the meeting, but announced his resignation from the municipal authority through a letter.

Diffenderfer's letter, dated July 23 and addressed to Antrim Township Manager Ben Thomas, stated, "Please be advised that I have decided to resign as a member of the Antrim Township Municipal Authority. Unless directed otherwise, I will serve on the Authority through December 2007."

Diffenderfer's term as a member of the board of supervisors will also end in December. He served as a supervisor for 19 years and as a member of the authority for five years.

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Whitmore announced his resignation during the meeting after the supervisors finished talking about Diffenderfer's letter. He said he had been juggling his full-time job and other obligations.

"I just felt it was one thing I had to give up," he said.

Whitmore said he was proud of projects such as developing the township park, adopting Conservation by Design principles and updating the comprehensive plan.

"They'll appoint somebody, probably, to fill my term," Whitmore said, adding that doing so would be under the guidance of the board's legal counsel.

Whitmore's term will end Aug. 31 unless he is directed otherwise by the board.

The past year and a half had been contentious for the supervisors. Veteran supervisors were joined by two new ones, Curtis Myers and Samuel Miller, who were elected in November 2005.

Meetings have routinely stretched to four hours or beyond, often with heated debate about topics like the proposed multi-million dollar government complex.

Staff writer Jennifer Fitch contributed to this story.

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