Smiley confronts PSJ commissioners on redundancies

Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 09:33 AM.

He explained that was the reason he did not support the re-appointment of Patti Blaylock to the Planning and Development Review Board (PDRB) and that the lack of a policy created a discussion that should not have occurred during a meeting, leading to bruised feelings.

Buzzett said commissioners have the ability to minimize any problems through the appointment process and he and city attorney Tom Gibson said a policy could constrain commissioners in the future.

“We have a small pool of volunteers,” Buzzett said. “We’re the ones choosing.”

Resident Tim Nelson said commissioners should aggressively work to bring “new blood” to boards, saying the same familiar names seem to pop up on boards.

“We want turnover,” Nelson said. “We should do what we can to get a larger percentage of people on the boards.”

Harkening back to the previous meeting, Patterson also questioned policy on commissioners participating in meetings by phone.

“If you are not here you can not look people in the face when you vote,” Patterson said.

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