Board Considers Six Candidates for Five Vacancies
NORWOOD – Kris Holstrom, Pam Hall and Marty Schmalz were reappointed to the San Miguel County Planning Commission last week, along with newcomers Ian Bald and Kevin Kell.
Following a series of interviews, the San Miguel Board of County Commissioners made the appointments at their regular meeting in Norwood on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
With five vacant seats on the planning commission, the commissioners chose from a pool of six applicants. Both Hall and Holstrom were reappointed to regular seats. Schmalz, who served as a senior alternate member, was appointed to a regular seat.
Bald was appointed to a senior alternate seat, and Kell was appointed to a junior alternate seat.
Placerville resident Dan Chancellor was considered for a position, but the commissioners voiced concerns about statements he made – regarding an upcoming application before the commission – during his campaign for Goodtimes’ seat on the BOCC last year. During that campaign, Chancellor made public statements about the San Miguel Valley Corporation’s proposal to develop housing on the north side of the Hwy. 145 Spur; the SMVC application is due to come before the planning commission in the near future.
“I would have a significant issue with Dan’s public statement in opposition of some of those elements,” Goodtimes said. “I think that creates a real problem for us.”
Commissioner Elaine Fischer agreed, suggesting that if Chancellor were to be appointed, he would have to be recused from SMVC’s approval process, because of his previous statements.
“I have a problem with Dan with a very big process that is going to go on in the county,” Fischer said. “I have concerns about him being effective. I can’t see why he wouldn’t be eliminated from the conversation.”
As for appointing Kell, who also ran for Goodtimes’ seat on the BOCC last year, Goodtimes opined that Kell’s conservative voice would be healthy for the planning commission.
“Kevin Kell, I am real supportive of,” Goodtimes said. “He brings a real diversity to the board [that] we haven’t had. While I don’t want a conservative majority, I think it is good to have all kinds of different perspectives on it.”