It has become Gossips' practice to provide an annotated list of the upcoming meetings and events at the beginning of each week. This week, the last week of the year, there are no meetings, so instead we'll take a look at who will make up the Common Council and the various boards and commissions in the new year.
- Jane Trombley (First Ward)
- Rebecca Wolff (First Ward)
- Tiffany Garriga (Second Ward)
- Shershah Mizan (Third Ward)
- John Rosenthal (Fourth Ward)
- Eileen Halloran (Fifth Ward)
- Tom DePietro (President)
- Dewan Sarowar (Second Ward)
- Ryan Wallace (Third Ward)
- Malachi Walker (Fourth Ward)
- Dominic Merante (Fifth Ward)
- Art Frick (First Ward)
- Margaret Morris (First Ward)
- Mohammed Rony (Second Ward)
- Theo Anthony (Fourth Ward)
- Vicky Daskaloudi (Fifth Ward)
The terms of two members of the Planning Board expire at the end of 2021: Stephen Steim, who was appointed by Mayor Kamal Johnson in January 2020 and now serves as the chair, and Laura Margolis, who has been on the Planning Board for more than a decade. There is a Planning Board meeting scheduled for January 11. We will find out then, if not before, if Steim and Margolis have been reappointed.
Zoning Board of Appeals
The ZBA already has two vacancies. At the end of the month, there will be a third when Mary Ellen Pierro's term is up. It will be interesting to see who gets appointed to the ZBA.
Historic Preservation Commission
The HPC has a full complement of members, with no one's term expiring until the end of 2022.
Industrial Development Agency
All but one of the positions on the IDA are ex officio, so there will be a new Common Council majority leader replacing Tiffany Garriga and a new minority leader replacing Rebecca Wolff. In February 2020, the Common Council passed a resolution appointing John Cody to represent the Planning Board in the IDA in place of the chair, who was then Betsy Gramkow. It is unclear if that substitution will continue in 2022. The Council also passed a resolution appointing Richard Wallace as the only community member of the IDA. Wallace's term expires at the end of January 2022.
Conservation Advisory Council
Of the eight members currently on the Conservation Advisory Council, the terms of four are up at the end of the year: Tom O'Dowd, David Konigsberg, Michael O'Hara, and Hilary Hillman. The law establishing the CAC specifies that it be made up of "not less than five nor more than nine members." It also specifies that members of the CAC be appointed by the Common Council, so it is up to the Council to make reappointments or new appointments.
The terms of the entire Tourism Board expire at the end of the year. The law that created the Tourism Board specifies that the Tourism Board be chaired by the chair of the now defunct Economic Development Committee and that half of the eight members be appointed by the mayor and the other half be appointed by the Common Council. Of the six members currently on the Tourism Board (there are two vacancies), three (Chris McManus, Nea McKinney, and Nabila Akhter) were appointed by the mayor, and three (Hannah Black, Selha Graham, and Kate Treacy) were appointed by the Common Council. It is rumored that two of the current members do not wish to be reappointed, so we can expect at least four new faces on the Tourism Board.
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