ES city council appoints Smole to planning commission seat

Thursday, May 20, 2021
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The Eureka Springs City Council held a special meeting on Monday to appoint a council member to the planning commission.

Mayor Butch Berry explained that the planning commission has four members and several items to vote on. Last week, Berry said, one of the commissioners abstained during a vote and another commissioner couldn’t attend, leaving the commission without a quorum.

Butch Berry

“The planning commission has got several issues coming before it that they need to be able to have a quorum to vote on,” Berry said. “Not only quorum, but they need to have members who aren’t abstaining or have a conflict in being able to vote.”

Berry nominated council member Melissa Greene to fill the position and council member Laura Jo Smole read from city code, stating that none of the commissioners should hold another office or appointment. Berry said the city passed a special ordinance “many years ago” that allows a member of the council to be on the planning commission.

“And then you said this would be temporary?” Smole asked.

“Until we can get … more people on there, correct,” Berry said. “It’s permanent until we get somebody else. Normally … at that time, the city council person usually steps down to allow citizens to participate.”

Council member Terry McClung said Greene has a commitment to the Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission and asked Smole if she’d be interested in serving on the planning commission instead. Smole said she would “if it’s temporary.”

McClung moved to appoint Smole to the planning commission and the council unanimously agreed to do so.

The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 24, at The Auditorium.

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