Davis, Hisrich voted off Camp Verde Planning and Zoning

Though Camp Verde Town Council rejected B.J. Davis’s bid Wednesday to continue with the Planning and Zoning Commission, they did appoint the former commission chairman to the Board of Adjustments and Appeals. VVN/Bill Helm

Though Camp Verde Town Council rejected B.J. Davis’s bid Wednesday to continue with the Planning and Zoning Commission, they did appoint the former commission chairman to the Board of Adjustments and Appeals. VVN/Bill Helm

CAMP VERDE – If he could only serve on one board, B.J. Davis told the Camp Verde Town Council that his first choice was to remain with the Planning and Zoning Commission.

But the commission’s chairman became its former chairman Wednesday when council decided that with six candidates for the commission – and only two for the Board of Adjustments and Appeals – Davis would be best served to serve only on the Appeals board.

Though the phrase “conflict of interest” was used in council’s discussion with Davis, councilor Joe Butner told Davis that there was in fact no conflict.

Of the six choices to fill three seats on Planning and Zoning, council appointed former commissioner Mike Hough, former councilor Jackie Baker and newcomer Christine McPhail.

Council first appointed Davis to Planning and Zoning in May 2013 and reappointed him to the commission in January 2016.

Commissioner Jim Hisrich, who served five terms on Planning and Zoning dating back to June 2005, was also not reappointed by council.

Appeals board

Davis – whom council reappointed to the Board of Adjustments and Appeals – was joined by Bruce George. Each had applied for an opportunity to keep their seats on the Appeals board.

For Davis, this is his third term on the Appeals board. First appointed in June 2012, Davis was reappointed in January 2016.

George was first appointed to the Appeals board in September 2016.

Town Manager Russ Martin told council that the two openings on the Appeals board “would be open until filled.”

The two openings on the Appeals board are due to Ben Bassous choosing to not extend his stay on the board, and the recent death of longtime Camp Verde public servant John McReynolds.

The Planning and Zoning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and second Thursday of each month as needed. The Board of Adjustments and Appeals meets at 3 p.m. the third Tuesday as needed. Meetings are also held in council chambers.

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bgeorge15 4 months ago

Camp Verde Town Council did a grave injustice to a great volunteer Wednesday evening. B. J. Davis has been a valued volunteer in several positions and groups including the CV Business Alliance and currently serving as the chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Councilor Joe Butner argued that it could be a conflict of interest by being on both the P & Z and the Board of Adjustments and Appeals, but that is a bogus argument since the appointment to P & Z was first on the agenda and so all they had to do was not reappoint him to the Board of Adjustments and Appeals. Why no one from the council could see that is a mystery. Camp Verde has lost a valued volunteer in B. J. Davis and I hope he will be gracious enough to overlook this injustice and keep helping our community in any way he can. Jim Hisrich was also up for reappointment and although quiet by nature he has always brought up good points in discussing agenda items and he worked hard during the meetings on the new General Plan. He will be missed also. Respectfully, Bruce M George Planning and Zoning Member Board of Adjust/Appeals Member

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