Karin Blakley named to Planning Commission

December 31, 2009

By Tim Pfarr

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Outgoing Mayor Ben Varon appointed former City Council candidate Karin Blakley to the Planning Commission in early December. Blakley’s appointment was approved by the City Council with a 6-0 vote.

Karin Blakley

Karin Blakley

Blakley joined the commission Dec. 16, and she will serve until August 2011. She took the position vacated by Claudia Hirschey, who resigned in early November.

“Karin Blakley has been involved in our community for years,” Varon said. “I think she’s going to fit well with the current commission.”

Councilman Sonny Putter said he was pleased with the decision.

“Karin has shown herself to be a very thoughtful, intelligent individual,” Putter said. “I’m sure she’ll do a great job on the Planning Commission.”

The city advertised the vacancy for two weeks, and Blakley was the only applicant.

However, Councilwoman Lisa Jensen and Councilman Steve Buri said they were unaware of the vacancy in the Planning Commission Dec. 1, when Varon announced he wished to appoint Blakley.

Jensen said the decision to appoint Blakley was made quickly.

“It was a fast appointment,” she said. “Karin’s very capable, but it was a fast appointment.”

Buri also said the decision was made quickly, but he spoke highly of Blakley and her abilities.

“I know that she’ll do a very good job,” he said.

Director of Community Development Steve Roberge said he expects Blakley to bring much to the commission.

“She brings a lot of experience, both professional and volunteer,” he said. “She seems to really care, and I think that’s the most important thing.”

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2 Responses to “Karin Blakley named to Planning Commission”

  1. Gary Adams on January 25th, 2010 10:24 am

    Not as fast a decision as the one they took to fire the CM.

  2. Stuart Liddle on January 26th, 2010 8:48 am

    Maybe this was not as fast as the new council took to fire the CM and appoint an interim replacement….but at least the Blakely appointment was done out in the open. Then again, this was before Dulcich, Erxleben & Crispo came on board.

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