Derouche to head up development planning

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MEXICO – Selectmen on Wednesday appointed former Town Manager Joseph Derouche to the volunteer position of development planner for the town.

Town Manager John Madigan said on Thursday that Derouche, who played a major role in the development of the downtown growth management plan nearly a decade ago, has many contacts who may help the town draw new businesses and other development.

Derouche is a member of the Planning Board. Madigan said that board is charged with keeping the town’s comprehensive plan updated.

In other matters on Wednesday, Madigan said the Mexico Water District has invited selectmen to meet with it at their Feb. 21 meeting to discuss who should pay for water used during fire department training.

Also, selectmen:

• agreed to donate $50 to social service project originating at St. Joseph’s College. A local student from the college requested the donation.

• issued a temporary hawkers and peddlers license to a vendor who is selling seafood in the downtown area. A public hearing on the request will be held on Feb. 14.

• adopted an updated set of Occupational and Health Safety Administration-aligned policies for town departments.

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