Council makes appointments

25 positions expire in March and April

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— The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission will have one new face in April.

The City Council selected Cari Hermacinski to serve as an alternate to the board. Hermacinski, an attorney, will fill Scott Myller's position. Myller will step into the full-time position that was held by Dan Baker, who did not seek a second term.

The council also reappointed Dick Curtis, who has served on the planning commission since 1999.

The city received six applications for the three, three-year positions that expire March 31.

The three council appointments were among 25 board and commission positions that expire in March and April.

Hermacinski, who has lived in Steamboat for a year, has worked as a clerk for the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute and was a clerk to Ed Zeigler, who was the editor of Rathkopf's Law of Zoning and Planning.

She also provided expert witness testimony to more than 50 planning commissions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Colorado.

She told the city the three most pressing planning commission issues are cooperation between the city and county, developing and updating the Community Development Code, and preserving and supporting the Downtown Business Area.

Baker was the only planning commissioner out of the three incumbents to not apply for another term. Baker is moving to Southern California to be closer to his family. Before moving to Steamboat, Baker served eight years on the Fullerton Planning Commission in Orange County, Calif., including two years as its chairman.

Baker was on the Steamboat planning commission for three years and heard plans for the Ski Haus project, large development projects on the mountain and Elkins Meadow, which is one of the more highly profiled and opposed projects that passed through the planning commission during his tenure.

"Elkins Meadow was a very difficult thing for this town," he said. "A lot of folks want things to stay the way they are."

The council interviewed applicants and voted on the appointments at its March 18 meeting and will see a resolution at its April 15 meeting solidifying those positions.

The council asked planning commissioner applicant Nancy Mayer to serve on the Board of Adjustments, which had one position unfilled. The council will appoint incumbents Thomas Effinger, Don Ramboe and Leslie Weisshaar to the Board of Adjustments.

During the March 18 meeting, the council also appointed incumbents George Bennett, Kim Bonner and Lane Schrock to the Ice Rink Advisory Committee, which had four applicants vying for the commission.

The city had just enough applicants to fill the open positions on the Parks and Recreation Commission. It appointed incumbents Jim Chappell, Melinda Sherman and Peter Van De Carr and new comer Elaine Hays.

For the Trails and River Committee, out of the six applicants the city selected incumbents Lisa Benjamin, Avrom Feinberg and Anita Hawkins and former council member Jim Engelken.

The council asked Trails and River Committee applicants Bill Belisle and Kathy Foster if they wanted to serve on the Spring Creek Advisory Board.

Steve Kelton, George Ojdrovich, Sue Raub and Barbara Tuchlinsky will also serve on the Spring Creek Advisory Board.

The council appointed Tony Seaver as the resident representative on the Multi-Jurisdictional Housing Steering Committee. Seaver has been involved with the housing working group in the Community Area Plan Update.

City Clerk Julie Jordan said positions are still not filled on the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, the Spring Creek Advisory Board and the Tennis Advisory Board.

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