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Residents Sought to Serve on Planning Commission in Manassas Park

The all-volunteer body can have between five an 15 members, but the total number must be odd. City council is looking for one more person to bring the total to seven.

Manassas Park officials are looking for at least one more resident to serve on the city's planning commission, an advisory body that makes decisions and recommendations to City Council about how land should be used in Manassas Park.

The total number of planning commissioners in Manassas Park is currently six, an even number, but planning commissions usually have an odd number of members, said Vanessa Watson, planning and zoning director for Manassas Park. 

City Council appointed former mayor and councilman William "Bill" Treuting to the commission in December, bringing the number to six. Treuting was officially welecomed to the body this week. Planning commissions can have between five and 15 members, but Manassas Park City Council members said they would like to cap it at seven.

The other five members of the body are: Oscar Jamilla, Ed Rishell, Bryan Polk, John Evans and Julie Cline.

Land use experience is beneficial, but not required for commissioners, Watson said.

All resumes should be sent to City Clerk Lana A. Conner at 1 Park Center Court for consideration. Resumes should be received by Monday or Tuesday.

Council members Suhas Naddoni and Preston Banks volunteered Tuesday to review the resumes of any candidates for the planning commission.

Commissioners are appointed to four-year terms. The positions are unpaid and the commission meets the first Monday of each month.

Bloomie January 11, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Why not post this prior to appointing Mr. Treuting? They could have appointed 2 new people with fresh ideas. Instead they backed themselves into a corner and can only appoint one. Without Mr. Treuting they would have had the odd number they desired as well. Guess its business as usual in MP.
Shawn January 11, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Four words: "Good ol' boy network"

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