HAWLEY, Mass. (WWLP-AP) - There's big trouble in the small Franklin County town of Hawley.
Select Board member Tedd White resigned Thursday, the fourth official in the town of about 330 residents to step down since a March 12 special election to replace a selectman who died in office.
White said in his resignation letter he would rather "pound my thumbs with a hammer" than attend "crooked, rigged" board meetings.
The Recorder of Greenfield reports that White said he cannot endure the "rudeness, disrespect, bias and disregard for procedure" of board Chairman Phil Keenan.
The town clerk, town moderator and a member of the regional school committee have also resigned this month, saying they cannot work with the board.
Keenan has the backing of 105 residents who signed a petition supporting him.
On Friday, Keenan told 22News that the dissention in the town dates back to Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, and the terrible damage that was done to the community as a result. He believes that a greater interest in town government has been a positive result of the recent turmoil.
"A sleepy little town like this goes on for decades that causes nothing to pay attention to it. We have a catastrophe such as the hurricane, things happened and it raised the attention of a lot of people," Keenan said.
Keenan says that the situation is under control, and he is now rebuilding the town government; having just hired a new town clerk, who has already started work.
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