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Planning seat sparks debate

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, January 16th, 2014

The seemingly mundane task of appointing two residents to the Custer County Planning Commission turned into anything but when one Custer County Commissioner protested a current planning member’s continued activity on the board, leading to a prolonged executive session and a split vote on whether to keep the planning commission as is.
The issue began at the Jan. 8 meeting of the Custer County Commission when county planning director David Green told the county commissioners there are two seats available on the planning commission and that the two people whose seats are available — Dean Johnson and Tim Holland — had submitted letters of interest to continue their role in planning, as had the planning commission’s alternate, Stuart Kronemeyer.
Commissioner Phil Lampert, who is the county commission’s liaison to the planning commission, told the county commission that all three choices were excellent and that they “couldn’t go wrong either way,” but recommended keeping the board as is, with Holland and Johnson as full-time members and Kronemeyer as the alternate.

The seemingly mundane task of appointing two residents to the Custer County Planning Commission turned into anything but when one Custer County Commissioner protested a current planning member’s continued activity on the board, leading to a prolonged executive session and a split vote on whether to keep the planning commission as is.

The issue began at the Jan. 8 meeting of the Custer County Commission when county planning director David Green told the county commissioners there are two seats available on the planning commission and that the two people whose seats are available — Dean Johnson and Tim Holland — had submitted letters of interest to continue their role in planning, as had the planning commission’s alternate, Stuart Kronemeyer.

Commissioner Phil Lampert, who is the county commission’s liaison to the planning commission, told the county commission that all three choices were excellent and that they “couldn’t go wrong either way,” but recommended keeping the board as is, with Holland and Johnson as full-time members and Kronemeyer as the alternate.

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