Bluffs Commission Makes Key Board Assignments
By Leo Coughlin
BELLEAIR BLUFFS – A lot of housekeeping took up business at the City Commission’s workshop meeting Monday evening with three new commissioners settling into their jobs.
Tom Trask, the city attorney, gave a detailed briefing on the Sunshine Law and ethics which is a routine procedure, particularly when inexperienced commissioners are new to office.
Mayor Chris Arbutine says the commission hopes to name Will Miller, a citizen who has been active in city affairs, to the vacancy on the Planning Board created when Joe Barkley, one of the new faces on the commission, resigned to seek office.
Others on that board who serve with Chairman David Fechter are John Diller, a former mayor, Grace Erdman and Randy Greenbaum.
The commission is seeking someone to fill the seat left empty on the Charter and Ordinance Review Committee with the resignation of Bill Young.
Jack Nazario, one of the new commissioners, will serve as representative to the Suncoast League of Cities with Barkley as alternate.
Arbutine made the appointment of commissioners to the various city departments. In these roles, the individual commissioners serve as liaison.
Suzy Sofer will be with the Administration, Nazario with the police (Sheriff’s Office), Barkley with the Fire Department, and Hunt Brand, a former mayor and veteran member of the commission, Public Works.
Steve Langere, a firefighter, was recognized for his 27 years of service with the department.
In other business, the commission issued proclamation noting National Crime Victims Rights Week, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Civility Month, Older Americans Month, Municipal Clerks Week, and Public Works Week.
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