Planning commissioner named today
Douglas County Commissioners will chose a new planning commissioner Thursday from a list of seven candidates.
Susan Southwick recently resigned from the commission.
Carrie Barone, a seven-year Gardnerville resident, seeks appointment on the planning commission to limit the county’s residential growth.
Tourism should be the prime focus on economic development, Barone said. Unbridled growth of residential real estate development brings with it the additional cost of governmental infrastructure such as schools, roads, sewers and police and fire, she added.
Thomas Finch, a three-year Minden resident, also seeks a planning commission appointment.
Finch, a project supervisor for Citizens for Affordable Homes, Inc., of Carson City, said he would like to put his many years of construction project planning to use for the county.
Ame Hellman, an eight-year Minden resident and vice president of the American Land Conservancy, stated she would consider it a privilege to serve on the planning commission.
Hellman said she is committed to being instrumental in creating a vision of what Douglas County will look like in the next century.
Jay Lather, Genoa Lakes Golf Club manager, said he hopes to put his experience with several county service organizations to work for the county as planning commissioner.
Lather, a three-year Minden resident, said he wants to improve the quality of life in the county with appropriate, well-planned economic development.
Kurt Weissheimer, a 2-year Minden resident, said he hopes to put his experience as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to work for the county.
“I would hope to bring the Planning Commission my experience and ability to define issues, gather and bring together facts, develop alternatives, and help assure that deliberations and recommendations of the commission are well reasoned,” he said.
Four-and-a-half-year Minden resident Al Walker has become a staple at Douglas Commission meetings.
He said the majority of infrastructure problems in the county are the result of inadequate or non-existent planning. Walker said development planning is probably the most important function of local government and he’d like to become a part of problem solutions.
The final candidate, W. Frederick Jones, works as an economic development liaison. He has lived in Minden for nearly two years.
Jones said he wants to help plan and control the future of Douglas County by looking at the “big picture” of development in the county.
A planning commissioner will be appointed by a majority vote from the county commission to a four-year term.
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