Matthew Reno named to Queenstown Planning Commission
QUEENSTOWN — The Queenstown commissioners recently appointed Matthew Reno to the town Planning Commission and on Wednesday, Oct. 26, he was sworn into office.
Reno’s first day is Thursday, Nov. 3, when the fivemember Planning Commission meets. The term is five years, and there’s no salary.
During the commissioners’ meeting, he was sworn into office by town attorney Brynja McDivitt Booth.
“I’ve always had an interest in serving Queenstown,” he said. The 16-year resident of Queenstown previously was a member of the town’s Parks and Harbor Committee for two years, including one year as chairman. The committee no longer exists.
He has worked for the city of Bowie for 19 years and currently serves as a project manager, working on such things as capital replacements as well as facility repair and maintenance.
Besides his professional experience, he has personal experience in dealing with planning issues.
“Living in the town, we had to make some improvements to our property that required Planning Commission review. So, I was able to and gain an understanding and interest in the town,” he said.
Married to Di, Reno has a bachelor of science degree in recreation and a minor in biology.
“He’s very highly qualified. He’s been with the town of Bowie for a long time,” said Town Commissioner George Plumbo.
The Planning Commission recommended Reno after earlier interviewing him and two others, Michael Powell and William Comegys. Reno replaces Don Regenhardt who served 10 years on the commission and asked to be removed.
Currently there are four other commission members, including Hogie Schuster, Phillip Synder, Betty White and Alton Hardee. They are staying on the board except for Schuster, who is running unopposed for town commissioner. Once sworn into office, Schuster will have to give up his seat on the Planning Commission, meaning the town commissioners will have to appoint a replacement.
The town is still holding an election for town commissioner on Monday, Nov. 7, since write-ins are allowed.
Schuster was the only person who filed who met the qualifications. Town officials don’t remember anytime when a write-it has won the election, almost assuring that Schuster will become town commissioner.