This town’s appointed boards are a little closer to full capacity after some shuffling of members and some administrative changes.
Commissioners on June 1 voted in favor of reducing the planning board’s membership from nine to seven members. The decision was made in an effort to address longstanding difficulties with the planning board meeting quorum that is required for the board to take action at its meetings.
“For a town as small as we are, a seven-member board is adequate,” said town clerk Lisa Markland. She has previously said keeping seats on appointed boards filled has been an ongoing challenge throughout her 17 years with the town.
The last meeting where all nine members of the planning board were present took place Oct. 24, 2011. The board dwindled to eight members in 2012 and again to seven members in 2013.
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Reducing the membership to seven allows for the quorum figure to be decreased. The amendment changed the definition of a quorum to consist of a majority of the actual membership of the planning board excluding vacant seats. Formerly, a quorum required a majority of the 9-member board be present.
The new planning board structure is composed of four members from the town’s corporate limits and three from the extraterritorial jurisdiction.
Kenny Waldroup and Gene Blount were reappointed to the planning board at the meeting and Laura Johnson, who was filling an ETJ position on the board of adjustment, was appointed to the planning board, bringing it to capacity.
Jay Estes and David Hughes were reappointed to the five-member board of adjustment, which remains with one in-town member vacancy, and one alternate member vacancy created by Johnson’s move to the planning board.
Members of both boards are appointed to serve three-year terms.
Town staff planned to ask Stephanie Jenkins, who applied to serve on planning board as a top choice and listed the board of adjustment as her third choice, if she had any interest in filling Johnson’s former spot as the ETJ alternate for the board of adjustment.
There is not a pressing concern over filling the board of adjustment vacancies, according to Markland, because the Unified Development Ordinance town staff is working to create may rewrite its structure all over again.
Who’s on the boards
Planning: Kenny Waldroup, Gene Blount, Darryl Jones, Avon Privette, Larry Ray, Laura Johnson, Sam Hayes.
Board of Adjustment: Jay Estes, David Hughes, Tad Adams, Larry Loucks. Alternates: Annie Moore. There are currently two vacancies – one for an in-town representative and one for a representative from the town’s ETJ.