City Council confirms board and commission appointments

May 7, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11:30 a.m. May 7, 2010

Former City Council candidates Nathan Perea and Vincent Ippolito will serve the city in a different capacity in the years ahead: as volunteer members of a city commission.

City Council members confirmed 35 appointees to city boards and commissions Monday. The appointees — selected by board officers and Mayor Ava Frisinger — advise officials about everything from development to the environment to the arts.

The mayor reappointed 18 members and chose 20 people for other positions. Some appointees, like former Councilman Joe Forkner, serve on multiple boards.

“Congratulations and welcome to the many volunteers who will be helping the city with a wide array of issues and important work,” Frisinger said after the council OK’d the appointments.

Rules do not require appointees to live in Issaquah, but officials said most of the members reside in the city. The council praised members for donating time and expertise to the myriad boards and commissions.

“As you read this list of recommendations and realize that all of these people are volunteers to our community, I think our community is so rich in its citizens volunteering time, dedication to our community and the tremendous amount of resources that the city is getting,” Councilwoman Eileen Barber said.

Perea faced Tola Marts for a council seat last year; Marts clinched the post. Marts and other council members confirmed Perea as a member of the city Planning Policy Commission, the group tasked with reviewing growth blueprints and land-use decisions. He also serves as a member of the Urban Village Development Commission. Members oversee large-scale projects in the Issaquah Highlands and Talus.

The council also appointed Ippolito to the Planning Policy Commission. The former council candidate faced Joshua Schaer in the 2007 race.

“There’s a lot of names on here that quite familiar to all of us on the City Council from various things — elections and roles in other boards and commissions — and it just shows that people want to get involved in whatever way they can,” Councilman Schaer said before the council decision.

Potential appointees applied for board and commission seats in January. Each panel conducted interviews with applicants, and then forwarded recommendations the mayor for approval. The council had been scheduled to confirm the appointees last month, but some members had problems accessing a website to read the appointees’ applications. Officials delayed the decision until Monday.

“This is one of the great things about Issaquah, the amount of volunteer effort we get at the city and the involvement of the community,” Council President John Traeger said. “It’s what makes it the great place that it is.”

The council confirmed the appointments of the following people to boards and commissions:

Arts Commission

Reappointed Trish Bloor, term expires April 30, 2014

Reappointed Julie Griffin, term expires April 30, 2014

Appointed Laurie Carlisle, term expires April 30, 2014

Appointed Mireya Lewin, term expires April 30, 2014 (alternate)

Cable TV Commission

Reappointed Joe Forkner, term expires April 30, 2014

Cemetery Board

Reappointed Karen Luecking, term expires April 30, 2014

Civil Service Commission

Reappointed Joe Forkner, term expires April 30, 2016

Development Commission

Appointed Nicole Mecum, term expires April 30, 2014

Appointed Mark Rigos, term expires April 30, 2012 (alternate)

Appointed Jamie Cook, term expires April 30, 2012 (alternate)

Human Services Commission

Reappointed Leo Finnegan, term expires April 30, 2014

Appointed Irene Reynolds, term expires April 30, 2014

Appointed Molly Mullen, term expires April 30, 2012 (alternate)

Library Board

Reappointed Don Spencer, term expires April 30, 2014

Reappointed Louis Washington, term expires April 30, 2014

Reappointed Wendi Pohs, term expires April 30, 2012 (alternate)

Park Board

Reappointed Julie Hjelm, term expires April 30, 2014

Appointed Stacy Goodman, term expires April 30, 2014

Reappointed Oscar Kelley, term expires April 30, 2014

Appointed Michael Patrick, term expires April 30, 2014

Appointed Tony Thompson, term expires April 30, 2012 (alternate)

Appointed Linda Whitworth, term expires April 30, 2011 (alternate)

Planning Policy Commission

Appointed Vincent Ippolito, term expires April 30, 2014

Appointed Fred Foster, term expires April 30, 2014

Appointed Chantal Stevens, term expires April 30, 2012 (alternate)

Appointed Nathan Perea, term expires April 30, 2011 (alternate)

River & Streams Board

Reappointed Leigh Bangs, term expires April 30, 2014

Reappointed Jeff Jones, term expires April 30, 2012

Appointed Rory Galloway, term expires April 30, 2012

Reappointed Joyce Johnson, term expires April 30, 2012 (alternate)

Sister Cities Commission

Reappointed Jennifer Jedda, term expires April 30, 2014

Reappointed Don Spencer, term expires April 30, 2014

Appointed Julie Griffin, term expires April 30, 2012

Appointed Donna Fulks, term expires April 30, 2012 (alternate)

Urban Village Development Commission

Appointed Scott McKillop, term expires April 30, 2014

Reappointed John Milne, term expires April 30, 2014

Reappointed Karl Leigh, term expires April 30, 2014

Appointed Nina Milligan, term expires April 30, 2012 (alternate)

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2 Responses to “City Council confirms board and commission appointments”

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  2. Mike on October 3rd, 2010 11:23 am

    I think that no one should be able to serve on more than one board or committee.

    The concept of Open Government created citizen advisory boards and committees, and when one person serves more than one board, that nullifies the broad base of community participation that the law intended to have happen.

    I also am not comfortable with people sitting for more than 4 to 6 years, MAX.

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