Cast change for commission
More than half of the members of Grass Valley’s revamped planning commission will be new to the job – that is, if all those nominated for spots are approved during the City Council meeting this evening.
The practically brand-new commission is a result of one of the first actions made by the recently elected City Council and gives each council member the opportunity to nominate a resident to the commission rather than allow a subcommittee to select.
The three new members to the planning commission will most likely be David Emanuel, who has been nominated by Vice Mayor Mark Johnson; Eleanor Kenitzer, nominated by Lisa Swarthout; and Terry Lamphier, nominated by Dean Williams.
Lamphier was a write-in candidate in the council race during the November election.
Williams said he selected Lamphier after considerable thought, saying that “when it came down to it, the overriding reason was that I’ve got confidence that Terry will put the welfare of the whole community first.”
It also looks as if Gloria Hyde and Dale White will be taking their old seats on the commission.
Hyde was assured a spot by at least two of the council members – she was nominated by Mayor Gerard Tassone, but Swarthout said she would have picked her if no one else had.
Instead, Swarthout chose to nominate Kenitzer, the director of the Cornish Choir and an employee of the Holbrook Hotel.
“I was considering three or four people for the (job),” Swarthout said. Some of them had approached her, but she said she had asked Kenitzer to serve.
Councilwoman Patti Ingram has nominated Dale White, also a member of the current planning commission.
While the final decision still rests in the hands of the entire council, the idea makes the process more akin to the way the Nevada City and Nevada County planning commissions are appointed.
Only Ingram dissented to the change, saying at the time that she felt it would make a commissioner beholden to the council member who nominated him or her.
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