By Luke Phillips
The Holtville City Council voted 4-1 to appoint John Paul Wells to a vacant seat on the Planning Commission at their meeting Monday and voted unanimously to re-appoint commissioners Jim Predmore and Ginger Ward and accept the resignation of commissioner Frederico Garcia.
Council member Colleen Ludwig cast the lone dissenting vote against appointing Wells to the planning commission saying that he would bring controversy to the post.
“I don’t want to offend Mr. Wells,” she said. “But there is some controversy there. Mr. Wells is the finance officer for the school district and we’re being sued by the school district.”
Ludwig agreed that Planning Commission, which has had vacant seats for several months, needs to be filled out but said she has received calls from others who are interested in the seat and would like to give them time to submit an application, despite the deadline for applications having already passed. She called for the item to be tabled but the motion died for lack of a second.
Council member David Bradshaw said that he though Wells would make a good addition to the board.
“I’ve served with Mr. Wells on other boards and he was good,” Bradshaw said. “And I think he’d be good for our commission.”
Terms for commissioners Predmore and Ward were scheduled to end, but both expressed interested in continuing to serve on the board and were reappointed by a unanimous vote from the council.
The council also voted unanimously to accept a letter of resignation from commissioner Frederico Garcia who says that work duties will prevent him from continuing to serve.
“I would gladly like to continue my status as a Planning Commissioner but the tenuous nature of my employment with the Imperial Valley College which is being adversely affected by the roller coaster State budget has impacted my ability to continue my duties as Planning Commissioner,” Garcia said in his letter. “I sincerely believe the Planning Commission is a valuable part of the network of interested citizenry which has made Holtville one of the better governed cities in the Valley. The members of the city council, city hall personnel and its inaugurated auxiliary groups in addition to other active organizations in Holtville make me proud to be a member of this robust community.”
The seat left vacant by Garcia will be advertised and is open to any Holtville resident interested in serving.
Source: Holtville Tribune (http://s.tt/1cUvf)