Oliver appointed to Weed Planning Commission

Deborra Brannon
New Weed Planning Commissioner John Oliver thanks the city for his appointment during the Sept. 11, 2014 city council meeting.

The Weed City Council accepted the resignation Thursday, Sept. 11, of Weed Planning Commissioner Paul Zwetsloot and approved Mayor Bob Hall’s appointment of John Oliver to fill the seat.

Councilors Stacey Green, Dave Pearce, Ken Palfini, Chuck Sutton and Mayor Bob Hall voted 5-0 during their regular meeting to appoint Oliver.

The council also: voted to appeal the city’s sex offender ordinance because it is preempted by state law; approved forwarding the draft Housing Element to the State Department of Housing and Community Development and directed staff to continue to work with the state during the review process; and approved a fencing application for a home on S. Weed Boulevard.

Hall thanked Zwetsloot on behalf of the city for his many years of service.

Oliver’s letter stating his interest in serving on the commission, dated May 2, 2014, stated that he had “worked hard to improve the City of Weed” since Aug. 1996. That work included restoring the Weed Mercantile Mall, managing the City Centennial Plaza Project in 2000-2001, and establishing the Weed Revitalization Coalition with a group of volunteers in 1999.

The letter stated that Oliver was Weed’s Citizen of the Year in 2006.

On Sept. 4 Jim Striegel had submitted a letter of interest in filling the Planning Commission vacancy. Hall thanked Striegel for his interest and invited him to pursue city office again in the future.