MANCHESTER - Bill Drunsic has asked for a leave of absence from the planning commission. Drunsic, who was serving as chairman, asked for the leave, effective July 19, 2014, because of the appeal he filed against Starbucks.

"As you know, I appealed the Starbucks permit issued by the DRB [Development Review Board] to the Environmental Court," he wrote in a letter to the select board. "I did this as a private citizen believing that The DRB was excessive in the use of a waiver privilege for overriding the clear intent of the by law to prohibit drive thru facilities for food."

In the letter, Drunsic wrote that he has no problem with Starbucks, but he does have a problem with having the first Starbucks drive thru in Vermont. He does not plan to withdraw the appeal and therefore asked for this leave from the commission.

"To maintain the public's trust in the process and yours in me, I am requesting a leave until the appeal is resolved," he wrote. "Once the appeal is resolved I plan to petition the select board for reinstatement to the board."

In an email, Drunsic said he did not ask for his leave until the timeline of the appeal became clearer. The process will take longer than both parties would like, he wrote. He wrote he stayed on for the Hampton Inn presentation because there isn't any conflict of interest involved with that project.


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