City seeks planning board volunteer
The Tonganoxie City Council is seeking a volunteer to serve on the planning commission.
Chris Donnelly, who has served on the commission about three years, resigned at the Jan. 18 meeting, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. Considering the anticipated growth in the Tonganoxie area, Donnelly said, his work on the planning commission would take even more time.
"I just couldn't take away from my family more than I was already doing," he said. "It was a very tough decision because I really was looking forward to helping."
Donnelly will be missed.
"He definitely has been an asset," said planning commission chairman Larry Shepek. "He's provided us with a lot of good information during the years."
Anyone interested in filling Donnelly's position on the seven-member board will be asked to pick up and fill out an application, available at City Hall, 321 S. Delaware. Completed applications are due Feb. 18. Interviews of applicants will be conducted at the Feb. 28 Tonganoxie City Council meeting.
Donnelly said he thinks planning commissioners need some knowledge about development and real estate.
"Emotions can run deep," he said. "A lot of times, you don't want emotions to make the decision. You want to make logical decisions based on fact."