PLEASANT VIEW -- The turnout of residents wanting to serve on the planning commission was "unbelievable," Mayor Doug Clifford said.
Fourteen individuals applied to serve. To narrow the pool, each applicant filled out a questionnaire to give their reason for wanting to serve on the commission and describe their background.
"Nine of the 14 chose to respond again. Some did not have enough interest to carry it to the next step," Clifford said.
He said staff members graded and scored the returned comment sheets, in addition to looking at each applicant's history of public service and private experience that might relate to planning commission duties.
Clifford said with help from Community Development Director Bruce Talbot, they were able to narrow the candidates down to a few who were very qualified and who also fit a geographic need.
Council members re-appointed Kent Richie, whose term had expired, to a four-year term that will end in 2015. Richie also was elected commission chairman.
Glen Ames also was appointed to the planning commission after serving as an alternate member. The council appointed John D'Agnillo and Ryan Johnson as alternate planning commission members.
Alternate members often can vote on issues because all seven regular members may not be able to attend every meeting. Alternates are allowed to participate fully in all discussions, Clifford said.
The need to replace two planning commission members came about with Kory Jardine's resignation last fall and Jerold Burns moving to the city council.
Clifford said D'Agnillo is retired from Westinghouse and worked on nuclear reactor development in China. D'Agnillo also has worked on the Riverdale Planning Commission.
Ryan Johnson is a developer and contractor who has been very active in the Pleasant View area for years, Clifford said. He is a longtime resident.