Derby Planning Commission Seeks New Member

DERBY - The Derby Selectmen accepted "with regret" the resignation of long-time Town Planner Cynthia Adams Monday evening and paved the way for the possibility of someone from Derby Line Village serving on the board. The selectmen said they would begin advertising for the position.Adams has a conflict with the Monday evening time slot, when the Planning Commission meets. She had asked the board to consider changing the day of the meetings, but said that if another planner couldn’t make it on a different night, she would step down. Chairman Joe Profera and Planner Richard Del Favero said that Monday is the only night that works for their schedule. The Derby Planning Commission is in the midst of on-going hearings with Bill Simendinger, who wants to tear down two commercial building on Main Street in the Village of Derby Line. Simendinger has said that he wants to build a gas station and mini-mart at the location. Currently Derby Planners are considering a demolition permit from Simendinger. Simendinger was sent away from the last demolition permit hearing to gather more information for the board regarding his plans.The Planning Commission has already approved Simendinger’s site plan, which infuriated many Derby Line residents. Some residents have said that the village isn't well represented on Derby’s boards.“Derby Line would like a bigger say in what goes on in the town,” Village Trustee Keith Beadle said in an interview. He also said that he wants village residents to be more aware of town business.At the annual village meeting in the winter, voters agreed to do a study on the feasibility of creating a village board for planning and zoning, as well as completely seceding from the town altogether. Village trustees have expressed their opposition to Simendinger’s plans from the beginning.