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Volunteer commissions reach quorum numbers

Susan Wood, Tribune staff writer

The call of duty has given South Lake Tahoe its much-needed boost in the number of volunteers for commissions.

“It looks like we’re set,” City Clerk Susan Alessi said of the renewed interest in commission appointments.

Enough people have come forward in the last few weeks to give its commissions a quorum — an about-face from earlier this year when the City Council was unable to fill them with the number of volunteers seeking civic involvement. The city extended the deadline to Feb. 14 to give those interested more chances to apply.

Only the Lake Tahoe Airport Commission was filled, leaving the Affirmative Action/American Disabilities Act, Latino Affairs, Parks and Planning commissions vacant.

The council will vote on the applicants for these one-year posts during its March 4 meeting.

Planning Commissioner Michael Phillips has decided to rerun for the post, after pulling back from renewing the appointment.

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“Part of it, I felt (earlier), that it was a term limit kind of thing — to let other people have a try (at volunteering). But being a lack of interest, I felt sort of an obligation and responsibility,” Phillips said, adding the city’s need for less training and more experience.

The city has recently lost key members of its staff — including Assistant City Manager Sue Schlerf, Redevelopment Manager Judith Von Klug and City Clerk Angie Peterson — to other pursuits.

— Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at swood@tahoedailytribune.com

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