City delays commission appoinments |

City delays commission appoinments

While it was understood a good portion of those attending the City Council’s commission appointments meeting would leave disappointed, no one thought they all would.

That was the case Tuesday as confusion, regarding the application process, led the council to postpone city commission appointments.

The problems arose when council member Bill Crawford learned his nomination for the Airport Advisory Committee, Ken Weitzman, did not have an application on file for the current appointment process.

City Clerk Angela Peterson said the nominee filed an application Jan. 13, 1998. She said the city’s unwritten policy in past appointments is to only consider those applications garnered during the current appointment solicitation. The current solicitation process was conducted this past fall.

Crawford said he’d been in contact with the clerk’s office to make sure his nominee was considered.

Another problem that led to City Attorney Catherine DiCamillo’s recommendation to postpone the appointments was that a large number of commission board incumbents didn’t file for reappointment.

City Manager Kerry Miller suggested this confusion might be due to a recent change in city policy to make the process more efficient and comfortable for the commission hopefuls.

Miller said that due to the change in policy, the council should not have had the Tuesday meeting as the appointments were to be made prior to the meeting.

Council member Brooke Laine said she sympathized with those who wanted consideration and didn’t apply for commission but was OK with the nomination process as is.

Laine said the city should pursue the appointments from the current field of applicants and allow those who missed the filing deadline to reapply for a future term.

“As difficult as it is when you implement a new policy, I’m perfectly comfortable with what we have before us today,” Laine said, pointing out that several incumbents did understand they had to reapply to keep their posts.

The council did not agree with Laine and voted to postpone the board selections for 30 days and to allow the public to apply for any commission position at that time.

DiCamillo said she hoped the item would be on the Feb. 2 council agenda, but she sounded less than certain when questioned by council members.

The vote was 3-2 in favor of the postponement with Hal Cole and Tom Davis voting against the motion because they wanted to appoint a member to the Building Board of Appeals Commission, a position that requires an individual with special skills.

The current city boards – the Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities Act Commission, the Airport Advisory Commission, the Arts Commission, the Building Board of Appeals Commission, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Planning Commission – will remain as is until the rescheduled appointments are final.

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