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City seeks people for committees and boards

December 6, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Canfield City Council is seeking residents to serve on committees and boards. Seven to eight seats will be vacant at the end of this month.

The vacancies are on the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Income Tax Review Board, the Civil Service Commission, Design and Review Committee, and Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Board.

The vacancies are due to the recent passage of the term limits for boards and committees in the city. Members of those boards and committees are now limited to two terms. Six of the eight seats have members that reached their two terms and cannot be reappointed under the new city charter amendment voters approved in November.

One position opening on the Design Review Committee comes from a member who is moving out of the city.

City manager Joe Warino said as of Dec. 1, filling those soon-to-be vacated seats is going to be hard.

"So far we have no one showing interest," he said.

The terms end on Dec. 31 for three seats on Planning and Zoning, two seats on the Parks, Recreation and Cemetery, one seat on the Income Tax Review Board, and the voluntary resignation on the Design Review Committee. The one seat on the Civil Service Commission has a one-term person, Robert Palma, who is eligible under the new amendment to run for one more term.

Warino said under normal conditions, appointments and reappointments are handled in December during the final meeting of the year.

"If the appointments aren't made, it falls on the new City Council in January," he said.

If the positions aren't filled by then, some committees and commissions may have a problem functioning. Warino said Planning and Zoning needs a majority to hold a hearing. If it doesn't have a majority, it can't have the meeting, which could delay issues that come before it.

There is still time for residents to put their hat in the ring, Warino said. Anyone interested in a position can simply send City Council a letter stating a person's interest to serve and what background they have. They will have until before the Dec. 18 meeting to submit the letter to be considered.

If anyone would like more information on what each committee, board and commission does, they can inquire at City Hall, 104 Lisbon St., during normal business hours.

At a November city meeting, Councilman Andy Skrobola said, "Our rope is now weakened. We still need six individuals and on one board we may not have a quorum."

Councilman John Morvay, at the same meeting, recommended a committee be set up to look at getting good people to serve.



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