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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Council Refines Committee Reorganization

BY BILL KOENEKER

At next week’s Malibu City Council meeting, members are scheduled to take another stab at reorganizing the Wastewater Advisory Committee.
At a previous council session, council members had considered the Commission/Committee Organization Ad Hoc Committee, comprised of Mayor Lou La Monte and Councilmember John Sibert, recommendations, and reduced the number of committee members on what is called WACO from ten to five with an appointment by each council member.
Appointments were set to be made at a subsequent meeting, at which time the council directed the staff to bring back a resolution to increase the number of members on the committee.
The newest proposal to be considered by the council next week increases the committee from five to seven members, adding two council at-large appointments. The at-large appointments will serve two-year terms and be ratified each general municipal election, according to a staff report.
Last week, in the final stages of the council’s reorganization of its commissions, committees and boards, the council appointed the same panelists that previously served under them.
Each council member appointed one public works commissioner and also appointed one wastewater advisory committee member of the newly-configured-five member panel, which is expected to be changed one more time.
Another change called for the Public Works Commission to combine functions with the Telecommunications Commission and remove panelists from both commissions—the existing Public Works Commission members and Telecommunications commissioners and direct the staff to bring back an item for each council member to appoint a commissioner to the new panel.
Council members ended up appointing  the committee members that now serve on the public works panel.
Councilmember Joan House re-appointed Richard Scott, Councilmember Skylar Peak tapped Steve Karsh to serve again, Mayor Lou La Monte reappointed Paul Grisanti, Councilmember Laura Rosenthal tapped Wendy Sidley to serve on the panel again and Councilmember John Sibert re-appointed Frank Kerze.
The Wastewater Advisory Committee was reduced to five members, who were previously appointed at large by the council.
This time around, each of the council members appointed one commissioner each.
House appointed Steve Braband, who has served on the panel since 2004. Peak said he was not ready to make an appointment. The mayor tapped Norm Haynie, who also has been on the panel since 2004. Rosenthal appointed Elaine Rene-Weissman, who has been on the commission since 2010. Sibert appointed Richard Sherman, who has been on the panel since 2004.
In a related matter, the council agreed to limit one commission or committee position per person. “In order to give all residents the opportunity to serve, the council agreed with the ad hoc committee’s recommendation to adopt a policy limiting an individual’s service to one commission, committee or board at a time,” a staff report states.
The policy further states: “Should a council member wish to appoint an individual who is currently serving as a member of another commission, committee or board, the individual would be required to resign their current position prior to being considered for the new appointment.
Sibert said being on the ad hoc panel he had discussed the matter and felt at this point,“It makes the most sense to serve on one panel.”
“The task forces are not included,” said the mayor.
Last month, the city council unanimously approved disbanding some of the panels and terminating members when it agreed to a major overhaul of those commissions and committees.
The council agreed to a plan calling for disbanding the Native American Cultural Resources Advisory Committee, the Trails Master Plan Advisory Committee and the Economic Advisory Committee.
The council’s Commission/Committee Organization Ad Hoc Committee had already given the nod to the changes.

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