P&Z hopefuls make their appeals for the job
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Garfield County commissioners put prospective Planning and Zoning Commission members on the spot Tuesday.In a series of friendly yet inquiring 15-minute interviews, the commissioners took turns asking six of the eight candidates the same series of questions regarding their interest in serving.The seven-member commission has open seats for four regular members to serve three-year terms, and one alternate. Two incumbents, Mike Deer and David Stover, are seeking reappointment.The commission meets the second Wednesday evening of each month. For the next 15 to 18 months, the board will also meet at least once more per month to address comprehensive plan issues. Some candidates had extensive planning experience, such as Deer, who served on the Glenwood Springs City Council. Others, like Bob Fullerton, don’t have much formal experience but want to be more involved in the planning process.”I have a personal interest in land use planning,” said Fullerton, an 18-year Roaring Fork Valley resident who works in catering and real estate. “I want to become educated so I can be part of the planning and decision-making process.” The commissioners asked each candidate how they deal with different points of view.”Diverse opinions don’t bother me,” said Stover. “It’s important to hear what people think, especially if they take the time to show up for meetings. And I like working with an opinionated board, where we can get our opinions on the table and negotiate.”Commissioners also asked the candidates about conflicts of interest and their familiarity with various parts of the county. “What’s your best quality, and how does that tie in with you being on this committee?” asked County Commissioner John Martin. “I don’t make snap decisions,” said Fullerton. “I’m pretty grounded on how I view things.” “I understand the comp plan is important,” said Deer. “I also understand it’s an advisory document.”Besides Deer, Stover and Fullerton, five other candidates were scheduled for interviews Tuesday: Steve Carter, Jock Jacober and Kit Lyon. Candidate Charles Kent was sick and couldn’t attend his interview, and Thomas Lloyd was called out of town.As of press time, a final decision regarding the commissioners’ selection of planning commission members was not available.
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