Planning Commission seats remain unchanged
September 6, 2012
Jon Simpson and John Drescher will remain on the Planning Commission after the City Council confirmed their appointments at the Aug. 21 City Council meeting.
Five people applied for Planning Commission positions 3 and 4, which were set to expire July 31. Applicants were interviewed by Mayor Rich Crispo, Deputy Mayor Lisa Jensen and Rob Lemmon, chairman of the Planning Commission.
“After listening to all five, and they were all very qualified, we decided unanimously to offer the positions to the incumbents,” Crispo said.
Crispo, Jensen and Lemmon were very impressed by the applicants that were not chosen.
“All three of us were very pleased with the answers that they gave and I would hope that they can stay associated with the city in some other capacity,” Crispo said.
At the meeting, Crispo recommended Simpson and Drescher for the positions and the City Council unanimously confirmed the appointments.
Simpson and Drescher had not served full terms on the planning commission. Drescher was appointed when former Commissioner Kim Ellis resigned. Simpson was appointed last year following former Commissioner Larry Betsch’s resignation.
Both men will now serve four-year terms.
The Planning Commission meets the third Wednesday of every month starting at 7 p.m., and is made up of seven citizen representatives.
One important task the commissioners take on is review of the Comprehensive Plan, a document guiding city policy and planning.
The commission also is charged with reviewing the zoning map, zoning code and other development codes, and completing a work plan provided by the council.