North Valley Municipal Advisory Council appointed
Members will keep supervisors informed of local needs and issues
Seven council members and two alternates were sworn in as the first ever North Valley Municipal Advisory Council, nearly 10 months after the council was first approved by the Board of Supervisors last September. Member selection was hampered by ongoing issues with the Sonoma Developmental Center Specific Plan formation and, later, the Coronavirus pandemic.
The MAC is intended to represent a cross-section of residents from Madrone Road to Kenwood, informing First District Supervisor Susan Gorin about concerns of local citizens and businesses on a range of topics including: setting priorities for transportation, transit, traffic calming, bicycle and pedestrian improvements; health and human safety-net services, which includes homelessness and housing; community projects; fire services; and other topics the supervisor may raise.
Members are not elected, but are appointed by the supervisor after a review of submitted applications.
New members will serve either one-year or two-year terms to start. Those appointed for two-year terms are:
Arthur Dawson (Chair), Glen Ellen/Eldridge Area Community
Daymon Doss (Vice Chair), Kenwood Area Community and Business or Nonprofit Community
Kate Eagles, Glen Ellen/Eldridge Area Community
Angela Nardo-Morgan, Glen Ellen/Eldridge Area Community
Melissa Dowling, Glen Ellen/Eldridge Area Community, Alternate
People serving one-year terms are:
Vicki Handron, Glen Ellen/Eldridge Area Community and Family/School Community
Mark Newhouser, Glen Ellen/Eldridge Area Community
Matthew Dickey, Glen Ellen/Eldridge Area Community and Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission
Jed Cooper, Kenwood Area Community, Alternate
Information about scheduled, meetings and agendas for the new organization may be found at the county website: sonomacounty.ca.gov/North-Valley-Municipal-Advisory-Council/.