Although we are told that there is “more to the story,” Andy Schindel, a nine-year exemplary member of the Wilmington Development Review Board (DRB), was not reappointed as a regular member for a three-term by the Wilmington selectboard. As a result of this vote of no confidence in a valued member of the DRB, Andy, the chair and two other members of the DRB resigned. We believe that the decision of the selectboard is short-sighted.
At a time when Wilmington is still struggling to recover from the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene and an investment group is actively helping to rebuild the village, the loss of our experienced DRB members is a profound setback as none of the buildings to be renovated have received permits.
With no permanent zoning administrator and a gutted DRB, we present ourselves as a town in disarray with a questionable ability to deal professionally with permit applicants.
We have a petition that we are circulating for signatures asking the selectboard to reconsider their decision and to appoint Andy Schindel as a regular member of the DRB and to reappoint the members of the DRB who resigned.
If you agree with us, the petition is available for additional signatures at Pickwell’s Barn from Friday through Monday.
If there are issues that need to be addressed, let’s address them in an open meeting, and let us all work together to build a strong future for Wilmington.
Carolyn Palmer and Lilias MacBean Hart