Colusa fills Planning Commission vacancy

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The Colusa City Council last week appointed Ryan Codorniz to serve on the Colusa Planning Commission.

Codorniz will fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of Commissioner George Parker, who recently moved to Butte County.

The Planning Commission plays a central role in the Colusa’s planning process by acting as an advisory board to the City Council on all planning and development issues, officials said.

The Planning Commission also assures that the general plan is implemented by reviewing development applications on a case-by-case basis.

Codorniz, who has lived in Colusa his entire life, said he has an interest in public service, and that he is looking forward to helping Colusa grow and excel in the coming years. He also hopes to serve on the City Council one day.

“Until then, I am happy to start in an advisory role, and maybe move up from there, ” he said, after his appointment.

Councilman Tom Reische, who made the motion to select Codorniz, said he was pleased Codorniz had a desire to “stick around” and be a part of city growth, and that he has had a longtime desire to serve in city government.

Mayor Greg Ponciano said he was pleased that two people were interested in serving, considering the city historically maintains unfilled vacancies on its boards and commissions.

“It’s encouraging to see people filling somebody’s spot,” Ponciano said. “We have a number of vacancies, still.”

Elizabeth Yerxa, who is active in a number of community organizations, also applied for the open seat on the Planning Commission.

Ponciano said he hoped that she would now consider applying for a seat on another commission.

The city currently has one seat open on the Park, Recreation & Tree Commission, the Heritage Preservation Commission, and the Public Utility Commission.

The posts are four-year terms.

Application forms may be obtained from the City Clerk’s office, located at 425 Webster St., Colusa.

Applicants must live in the city or within two miles of the city limits. ■