F’ville seeks Planning Commissioner

The Sun-Gazette


farmersville – Just a month after appointing a new planning commissioner, the City of Farmersville is seeking to fill another vacancy on the commission.

Last week, the City announced that Matt Sisk had resigned from the Planning Commission and that the City needed to fill the seat to complete the four-year term through 2020.

The only requirement is that applicants be a registered voter and resident of Farmersville. Sisk told the commission that he was stepping down due to his schedule between attending Farmersville City Council meeting, Planning Commission meetings and his private business. Sisk also sits on the Farmersville City Council.

At its Jan. 12 meeting, the Farmersville City Council appointed Marisa Llamas to the Farmersville Planning Commission. Llamas was the only person to express an interest in serving on the commission after the vacancy was posted.

There was an opening on the Planning Commission because Commissioner Jorge Vazquez was forced to resign due to a conflict of interest. The conflict was not in regards to any backroom deals, financial entanglements or any other political controversy. It was simply due to Vazquez serving his community in a different capacity.

In a July 9, 2001 legal opinion, then Attorney General Bill Lockyer ruled a person may not serve simultaneously as a member of a city planning commission and school district if they have territory in common because it could create a conflict of interest.

Vazquez was elected to the Farmersville Unified School District Board of Trustees following the Nov. 4 General Election.

The commission meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at City Hall, 909 W. Visalia Road in Farmersville.

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