North Valley advisory council application deadline extended
The search for seven citizens and two alternates to serve on a North Valley Municipal Advisory Council (Council) will be sidelined until 2020, according to Supervisor Susan Gorin’s office, since only four applications have been received so far.
On the other hand, 122 people applied for 13 positions on the Public Advisory Team (Team) that will work with a consultant to be hired to develop a Specific Plan for disposition of the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC).
“The hope is that the Council will receive more applications once the Team members are selected,” said Maggie Fleming, communications manager for Permit Sonoma, the county agency overseeing the SDC Specific Plan development.
The Public Advisory Team for SDC will exist only until the Specific Plan is adopted, which is expected to be two or three years from now. The Municipal Advisory Council, however, will be a permanent institution designed to advise the First District Supervisor on local issues, and direct county resources, with members serving set terms.
Council members will represent Eldridge, Glen Ellen, Kenwood, and the supervisor’s office, and the bylaws already in place suggest they initially focus on transportation, transit, traffic calming, bicycle and pedestrian improvements; health and human safety-net services, including homelessness and housing; community projects such as art, clean ups and vegetation planting; fire services and community preparedness; and additional topics as requested by the supervisor.
While the Permit Sonoma website still states that no applications will be taken after Oct. 25, Supervisor Gorin’s office made it clear that applications will continue to be welcome. They are available online at sonomacounty.ca.gov/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=2147578704. An easier way to get there is to search for “Permit Sonoma” then search for “North Valley Municipal Advisory Council.” A link to the application will be there and you can fill it out online or print it out and mail it in.