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P&Z Commission forwards applications; Kintigh will make recommendations to City Council

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Three spots are available on the City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission and more than enough applicants have expressed an interest, which city staff welcomed.

“These are all qualified people,” said City Planning Manager Bill Morris about the applications. “They would be knowledgeable and helpful.”

A matter of some discussion was whether to forward to Mayor Dennis Kintigh four or five applications. Four applications were considered “certified” by staff for having being submitted by the deadline.

But a fifth applicant notified Commissioner David Storey that she had submitted an application that apparently had not been received by staff.

“She thought she had applied and she intended to apply,” said Storey. “I don’t what the procedure is here, but I certainly wanted to allow her name to be at least thought of.”

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Originally the commission voted 5-0 to allow the four “certified” applications to be considered, but the motion and vote was changed to include five applications after talking about the issue and hearing from City Attorney Aaron Holloman that the fifth application could be considered.

The four people whose applications were presented in commissioner’s packages are Christopher Cortez, operations manager of Atkins Engineering Associates Inc.; local business owner Saul Aguilar; William “Bill” Dennis, a contractor and real estate developer; and James MacCornack, operation supervisor with the New Mexico Gas Co.

Jana Lessard, a project manager with experience in the construction industry, is the fifth applicant. Lessard could not be reached by press time.

Morris said that Kintigh is expected to present his recommendations at the April 12 City Council meeting for the governing body’s approval.

The applicants are vying for three spots, Positions 2, 4 and 7, on a seven-member commission.

Those chosen will replace three members whose terms have expired after serving two, four-year terms starting in 2010. They are Chair Ralph Brown, Secretary Shirley Childress and Commissioner Toby Gross.

Commissioners remaining are New Mexico Military Institute Facilities Director Kent Taylor, Position 1, in his first term that started in 2016; Realtor Riley Armstrong, Position 3, in his second term that began in 2016; real estate broker and agency owner Jessie McDaniel, Position 5, in his first term that started in 2016; and David Storey, project engineer with Souder, Miller and Associates, Position 6, in his second term that began in 2016.

The commission generally meets once a month and makes preliminary decisions regarding zoning issues within the city limits.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.