Mayor Jon Martin replied to a North Beach News email, asking if he had heard back regarding a query (see below) about any potential conflict of interest in appointing Thorn Ward to the Planning Commission. According to Martin, “I did reach out to our City Attorney and MRCS about the conflict and both feel there is not. Reason is the Planning make recommendations and Council approves.
“Thorn is the second Commissioner that I have asked for Council approval after interviewing. I think having different backgrounds making up on the Planning Commission is important and Thorn’s history within the City and being on an earlier Planning Commission helps in this.”