Cal City adopts plan for greater input on planners
CALIFORNIA CITY — The City Council will have a greater say in the Planning Commission makeup under a plan agreed to on Sept. 10.
Under the existing city code, the mayor has authority to appoint members to the Commission, “subject to the advice and consent” of the four council members.
However, Mayor Pro Tem Gene Stump requested a change to the procedure to allow individual Council members to have a more active role and to nominate commissioners, as well.
“Council members should be able to suggest people for the Planning Commission,” he said.
The way the policy has been interpreted, Stump said, “the mayor has put whoever they want in,” and the Council has had little input and he feels the code has not been followed properly.
“If we’re going to leave it the way it is, I want to see the code followed,” he said.
Resident Kristy Mundt said she has applied twice for a Commission appointment, under two different mayors who each had their own methods for
making a determination of who to appoint from among applicants.
“I don’t see anything that needs to be changed. They followed the rules,” she said. “The people were brought up to the Council and were approved.”
Although the Council has had final approval of the most recent appointments, it has been simply with an up-or-down vote, not discussion regarding individual candidates, Councilman Donald Parris said.
“Looking back at the code, the Council should be able to participate in the selection,” he said, prior to the final vote.
Planning Commission Chairman Jim Creighton suggested the Council discuss Commission appointments in closed session, in order to allow for greater input into the process by all five members.
Mayor Chuck McGuire agreed that a closed session item for future Commission appointments could provide the added involvement.
“That way we’re covered,” he said.
The Council reached consensus on the procedure for future appointments.