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City to appoint six to vacant positions

Posted: May 27, 2008 1:32 a.m.
Updated: July 28, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 
Planning Commission chairman Mike Berger said Friday that after serving for 10 years on the Planning Commission, he will not be serving another term when his seat expires in July.

"I don't want to get stale. I want to walk away in my prime," he said.

"It was a blast," but wants to give someone else the opportunity to serve, he said.

Berger was first appointed in 1996 by then-Councilman Clyde Smyth and served until 1998. He was nominated again in 2000 by Councilwoman Jo Anne Darcy and served until mid-2002. Three months after that he was nominated a third time, and has been serving ever since.

Berger said the most rewarding project that came before the Planning Commission during his tenure was the Bridgeport community.

Because the development included a large lake and was built along a riverbank, "it was a long project and it was a complicated project," he said. "(But) five years later, when all the trees are growing and it's gorgeous and people say, 'Wow, this is a beautifully planned community,' that's what makes it all worthwhile," he said.

Each commission and panel has five members appointed by the City Council. Commission members serve four-year terms and panel members serve two-year terms.

On July 31, a total of two Planning Commission seats, including Berger's, will expire.

Mayor Bob Kellar will appoint or reappoint the Planning Commission seat belonging to Bill Kennedy, and Ender will appoint a new commissioner to Mike Berger's seat.

Two seats on the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission also expire and an additional seat that belonged to newly elected Councilwoman Laurie Ender will need to be filled as well.

Mayor Bob Kellar will appoint or reappoint the Parks and Recreation Commission seat belonging to Laura Hauser and Ender will appoint or reappoint the seat belonging to Duane Harte. Councilman Frank Ferry will appoint a new parks commissioner to fill the seat recently vacated by Ender.

Two seats on the Open Space Preservation District Financial Accountability and Audit Panel will also expire in July and a third seat will be open since panel member Calvin Hedman filed a letter of resignation this week with the city.

Hedman said in the letter he is resigning "Due to business reasons which were not anticipated when I applied."

Councilwoman Laurene Weste will appoint a new panel member to fill Hedman's seat. Mayor Bob Kellar will appoint or reappoint the seat currently occupied by Spencer Leafdale and Ender will appoint or reappoint the seat belonging to Alan Ferdman.

Beginning Wednesday, perspective commission and panel candidates may obtain an application from the city clerk's office and beginning Friday, applications will be available on the city's Web site at www.santa-clarita.com. The applications are due June 20. The council will review the applications and council members will appoint commissioners and panel members on July 8.

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