Matthew Reno named to Queen­stown Plan­ning Com­mis­sion

Record Observer - - News - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY ck­ersey@ches­pub.com

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.

MATTHEW RENO

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