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Glenwood City Council decides to postpone P&Z appointment

John Gardnerjgardner@postindependent.comPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado City Council decided to postpone an appointment to the Planning & Zoning Commission to allow more people who are interested in the position to apply.Council agreed to postpone the appointment after receiving only one application to the open seat in the six weeks that its been vacant.The seat was vacated on March 18, by Jason Turner and the city posted the open position on March 19.Glenwood Springs resident Tim Bottger, who appeared in front of council Thursday, is the only applicant for the position, currently. While he is qualified for the position, several council members thought that posting the vacancy in the normal manner did not serve the public well enough.I am a little concerned that there was not a broader public notice other than on the Website, Councilman Dave Sturges said. I really feel that its important that there be some notice about this opening beyond the website.Sturges main concern was that the city is getting ready to undergo an evaluation of the citys comprehensive plan, not that Bottger wasnt qualified. Sturges said that he would like to have a short opening with public notices beyond the Website to give others who are interested an opportunity to apply.While Mayor Bruce Christensen ultimately agreed with postponing the appointment, he argued that doing so was a change in city policy in the way that the city has always posted for open positions on boards and commissions.The fact that Mr. Bottger found the information on the website tells me that the same access is available to the entire community, Christensen said.Christensen mentioned that city council has had to make emergency appointments in the past because the P&Z didnt have enough members for a quorum, and that the commission also occasionally tends to have people step down due to potential conflicts of interest.I think its pretty important that we keep the commission full, Christensen said.Councilman Stephen Bershenyi disagreed with the postponement because they have someone who is interested and qualified.We have a person who is eminently qualified, who took it upon himself to do all the right things, took all the right steps and has expressed a high level of interest of both making the commitment of the time and doing the job, Bershenyi said. I think we need to applaud him and move forward.Bershenyi also pointed out that council should be thankful that they received such a qualified applicant, noting that all of the three new council members ran unopposed and the April elections were scrapped, due to the lack of people interested in running for the open seats.The council decided to postpone the appointment for one month and will decide who will fill the seat at the June 4 meeting.Currently, there are several openings for seven different commissions and boards. Information on the positions can be found at the citys Website, http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us, or at City Hall in the main lobby where they post the openings.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.com


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