Council to appoint new planning commissioner

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Nov. 17, 2013 at 5:17 a.m.
Updated Nov. 18, 2013 at 5:18 a.m.

Victoria City Council will consider new appointments to four boards and commissions responsible for planning, health, buildings and sales taxes in the city.

The vacancy to the planning commission came after Richard Janecka was unable to attend enough meetings, according to information provided by the city.

Council members will vote on a new commissioner during their meeting 5 p.m. Tuesday at the council chambers, 107 W. Juan Linn St.

Mayor Paul Polasek said he wants to hear the discussion on each applicant before making a final decision on the planning commission appointment.

"The planning commission is probably the most important board that reports to us," he said. "They have the ability to grant variances and impact people financially in what they're doing."

Sometimes, variances are necessary "to apply common sense" when the city's ordinances don't have the best intended results, Polasek said.

He said he wants a commissioner with "a balanced approach" and "from different backgrounds."

According to the city code, "Three successive absences or as many as five absences during any 12-month period from meetings of the planning commission ... shall automatically terminate membership on the planning commission."

Janecka's unexpired term is through August.

Janecka said he has been busy with work but plans to continue being an active volunteer for the city.

"I still sit on the sign board and the electrical board," he said. "My wife and I give back to the city. We live here, and we want to be a part of the city."

Four Victoria residents have expressed interest in joining the planning commission - Vic Caldwell, who previously served on the parks commission; Randy Pilsner, a project engineer with Dow; Mary Anne Wyatt, a Victoria attorney; and Zachary A. Koenig, president of Koenig Construction.

The city secretary has the applications to apply for the commissions.

The Victoria Sales Tax Development Corp. has three positions that will be open. The terms for Lewis Neitsch, Louise Hull Patillo and Councilwoman Josephine E. Soliz expire Dec. 31. Neitsch and Soliz have both requested reappointment, according to information from the city. The other members are Mayor Paul Polasek, Councilman Tom Halepaska, Jan Scott and Torin Bales.

Dr. Bain C. Cate is asking for reappointment for a two-year term with the Health Authority for the City/County Health Department. The appointee must be a regular practicing physician in good standing, according to information from the city.

The two-year terms of all seven members of the Building and Standards Commission will expire Jan. 1.

The current members are Harold Cade, Dorothy Harris, Nick Hinojosa, Victor Marshall, Rawley McCoy, C. W. Settles and Sherri Strickland.



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