Jerome council fills board positions

All but one of appointees are incumbents

The Jerome Town Council re-appointed five members of town boards and commissions to their seats, accepted one new member to a board, and took a pass on keeping one member of the Design Review Board.

Meeting in special session Monday morning, the council interviewed applicants for the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z), the Design Review Board (DRB) and the Board of Adjustment (BOA). Several openings exist on the various boards and more seats will be expiring.

All incumbents who wish to retain their board or commission seats were required to fill out applications and undergo the interview process.

Council members asked candidates prepared questions.

One of several questions asked of all candidates was how they feel about the town's parking ordinance, a source of many debates and some new amendments during recent months.

Anne Bassett, current member of DRB, said she very much supports having a parking ordinance. She said enforcing the ordinance helps control growth in Jerome.

Judy Robinson of BOA said the ordinance is flawed but necessary. "It's one of the biggest can of worms this town has," she said.

Tony Longhurst of P&Z said the town needs to pay some serious attention to the ordinance. "Jerome is headed for more and more congestion," Longhurst said. He said he likes the idea of using satellite parking areas and shuttle buses.

Chris Babbage of BOA said some of the ordinance doesn't make sense. "Its purpose is obviously clear," Babbage said. But he pointed out that the parking ordinance doesn't matter to decisions made by the Board of Adjustment.

Brice Wood of the DRB said the ordinance's purpose is good, but it's a "peculiar thing."

Lisa Petty, an applicant for the DRB and Joan Kennedy of the BOA were out of town and were both interviewed by telephone.

After a short executive session, the council returned to open meeting and appointed Longhurst to P&Z, Petty and Wood to DRB and Babbage, Robinson and Kennedy to the BOA. The motions effectively removed Anne Bassett from her seat on the Design Review Board.

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