Friday, January 20, 2006
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AUBURN - Several residents applied for the five open positions on the Planning Commission Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals at Thursday's Auburn City Council meeting.
Council members and the mayor had differing opinions on how the process of filling these positions should be handled.
Council members Dorissa Shakelford and Charles Sewell both said the positions needed to be filled soon and were concerned that names of interested applicants had been circulated, but none had been interviewed.
Mayor Harold Money said these names had been misplaced and wanted future applicants' qualifications to be checked prior to being interviewed.
Several applicants were present at the meeting and Shakelford motioned that the agenda be amended to allow these interested parties to speak. The amendment was approved and three citizens applied for the open positions.
Rhonda Hammond, a resident of Auburn since 1986, was then approved to join the Zoning Board of Appeals. Hammond said she wanted to "keep the city beautiful." One citizen was denied approval and the other asked to delay his application upon further review of the requirements.
In other news, the council approved the allocation of $356,391 for Phase 1 of the downtown sewer project. Additional funding will be up for approval at a future meeting.