Monticello panel suggests alternatives to consolidation
MONTICELLO — The Monticello Planning Commission would like the city to look at alternatives before it considers combining with the Zoning Board of Appeals.
City staff has recommended using the same seven people to serve on both boards in order to improve attendance and efficiency.
But Planning Commission Chairman Michael Doerr thinks the idea of adding two alternate members to each board should be researched first.
"I kind of think the more citizens who are involved, the better it is," Doerr said. "The more citizens that serve the city, the better, I think."
Gerald Day also suggested the city try to keep meetings to specific, prescheduled days of the month in order to increase attendance.
City Zoning Officer Abe Jones understood the sentiment, but was not sure adding alternates would limit the absentee issue that has caused the cancellation of at least three meetings this year.
"The issue that has come up is not being able to get a quorum and having to reschedule meetings," Jones said.
He added that alternates may technically change the boards to nine-member entities, increasing the quorum from four to five in order to conduct business.
Planning Commission member Pat Gleason could see both sides and said the main thrust should be to make sure the city can process permits in a reasonable amount of time.
Doerr directed Jones to gather more information on the legality of adding alternates to the commission, as well as tightening up absenteeism rules. Jones will report back to the commission on Sept. 4.