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San Marcos looking to fill key commission seats

SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos is looking for residents to fill open seats on several key city commissions, including the Planning Commission.

Interested residents — including those currently serving on the boards — have until 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 to apply for the positions. The council will make appointments following interviews at the Dec. 9 council meeting.

Four positions — including that of current Chairman Eric Flodine — are up for reappointment on the planning commission, widely considered the most powerful of the city council-appointed boards. The seven-member board has approval authority over a number of land-use and zoning decisions and advises the city council on major land-use matters.

The seats of commissioners Rod Jones, Carl Maas and alternate Bill Jacoby area also up for reappointment.

The Traffic Commission, another major appointed board that advises the council on ways to improve the city’s traffic condition and safety and enforcement of traffic regulations, has two positions available, including that of Chairman Charles Buckley. Commissioner Donna Nickel’s seat is also available.

The city’s community services commission, which advises the city council on parks and recreation service matters, has three vacancies.

One position is up for appointment on the budget review committee, which thoroughly reviews the annual budget for the city each year, making recommendations to the council on the budget.

The San Marcos Community Foundation and San Marcos Economic Development Corporation both have four positions available. The foundation provides grants to various nonprofits that serve San Marcos residents. The development corporation promotes economic and business growth within the city.

Finally, the city’s Student Neighborhood Relations Commission, which assists in fostering communication and partnership between students, residents and businesses, has one position available.

Residents who are interested in applying for the positions are asked to contact the City Clerk’s office at (760) 744-1050 ext. 3145.

Detailed eligibility requirements are available on the “commissions” link at