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New terms have been set for each of the city of Seymour’s five appointed members of the Seymour Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission, effective last Thursday night.

Filling three-year seats on the board are David Carpenter, Alicia Hagen and Jason Thompson.

Filling two-year seats are Mary Carpenter and Sonny Van Ness.

Terms were set Thursday at the regular monthly meeting of the Seymour Board of Aldermen.

Mayor Richard Vinson made the appointments, approved in a 4-0 vote by the city’s four elected aldermen.

Also approved for members of the P&Z commission was a per-meeting stipend of $50. The stipend was suggested by South Ward Alderman Dan Wehmer, citing the heavy responsibilities placed upon the board by the city.

“Every month, this board takes on a heavy load,” Wehmer said. “If they don’t meet — for example, if there isn’t a quorum present — then that slows the city’s business. The P&Z board often faces a lot of public criticism and has to play host to the public and even hold public hearings.

“The point is, being a member of this board holds a lot of responsibility, and I feel the P&Z members should be compensated. Just the P&Z members would receive this stipend, not the aldermen who are liaisons to the P&Z board. There would be no stipend for the aldermen.”

North Ward Alderman Darrel “Bub” Wallace asked City Administrator Hillary Gintz if the city could afford the added expense in the 2021-22 budget.

“Yes,” Gintz responded. “The P&Z board only meets once a month.”

“I know they have a lot of responsibility and take a lot of criticism,” Wallace said of the five-member commission. “I also know that having a quorum is important, and I’m sure a small stipend would be an incentive to attend.”

After a brief discussion, the aldermen voted 4-0 to give a $50-per-meeting stipend to P&Z members, effective at the group’s next meeting on Monday, Aug. 2.

The Seymour Planning & Zoning Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in council chambers at Seymour City Hall.

All meetings are open to the public.

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