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11 applicants for planning commission

by Christy Chalmers

Eleven people have applied for two empty seats on the Douglas County Planning Commission.

The county commission will fill the seats Thursday. The new planning board members will succeed Virginia Henningsen and Robert Gaw, whose terms expired Dec. 31.

The planning commission makes recommendations on land use and development proposals. The seven members are appointed to 4-year terms that are staggered to allow a steady turnover.

The current applicants are Rene Cardinal of Minden, Devere Dressler of Gardnerville, Kay Dupuis of Topaz Ranch Estates, William Jenkins of Gardnerville, Ray Lummus of Gardnerville, Mark Neuffer of Gardnerville, Jeff Rahbeck of Zephyr Cove, Suzy Stockdale of Minden, Edith Webber of Zephyr Cove, Jerry Whitmire of Gardnerville and Forrest Yarborough of Jacks Valley.

Their backgrounds are varied, and County Manager Dan Holler predicted a difficult task for the county commissioners.

“It’s a plus to have that many qualified people, but it’s a negative when you can only choose two,” he said. “If you were doing a job recruit and you had this type of input, you’d love it because you know you’re going to get a good candidate.”

Cardinal, who is retired, formerly served on the planning and county commissions in Lyon County. He has lived in Douglas County for 4 years after spending 35 years in Lyon, and also lists membership on the state land use committee, the Carson Water Subconservancy District board and assistance writing the Lyon County master plan.

Dressler, a rancher, is a lifelong Carson Valley resident. He is a member of the Douglas County Engine Co. and involved in the Nevada State Cattlemens Association, the Bridgeport Valley Water Users Organization and the Sierra Business Council.

Dupuis, a homemaker and property manager, has lived in the area for 21 years and served on several local committees and community groups.

Jenkins, a psychologist, has lived in Douglas for 19 years. He formerly headed the county mental health department and lists board membership with the Family Support Council, the China Spring Youth Camp, Douglas County School Board, Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation and Far West Freestyle Association among his community service.

Lummus, a 6-year resident of Douglas County, is a business owner. He is active with the chamber of commerce and Sertoma.

Neuffer, a contractor, has lived in the area for 7 years. He previously served on the county’s redevelopment advisory council, contributed to Western Nevada Community College and has worked on church and Scouting programs.

Rahbeck, an attorney, has lived in Douglas County 26 years. He advises the Indian Hills General Improvement District board, a potential conflict of interest should planning issues concerning the district arise.

Stockdale, a Douglas County resident for 19 years, co-owns a marketing firm. She has served on several boards and committees, including the East Fork Swimming Pool District board and the parks and recreation commission. She has been active in a variety of community issues, such as the quarter-cent sales tax increase approved in 1998 to pay for parks, recreation, library, airport and senior services and the group that has been studying ways to protect open space and agricultural land.

Webber, a semi-retired teacher and saleswoman, cites former political experience in California, where she was mayor and a city council member in Hermosa Beach from 1980-84. She also worked for a California state Assemblyman from 1984-93.

Whitmire, a rancher, has lived in Douglas 15 years. Like Stockdale, he is active with the open space and agricultural land committee. He is also active with the Carson Valley Conservation District.

Yarborough, a retired aeronautical engineer, has lived in Douglas County 6 years. He has been involved with his neighborhood homeowners group and a golf club.

The county commission will meet Thursday at 1 p.m. in the old courthouse, 1616 Eighth St., Minden.