City Council appoints new decision makers
by Rachel Miller
August 16, 2013 12:07 AM | 1712 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — On Wednesday night the City Council filled four open positions on various commissions and boards, mostly involving city planning.

One slot had been vacant since mid-June, and required a customer who uses electric power or water services from the Board of Lights and Water.

The BLW customer appointed must be either a resident of Cobb County, but not in the Marietta city limits, or be an owner or employee of a Marietta business.

The council chose Brian Torras, and Mayor Steve Tumlin said it was a “hard call between two outstanding candidates.”

Torras lives in Mableton and is the executive vice president of Torco Inc., at 1330 Old 41 Highway near the intersection of Bells Ferry Road, which manufactures custom-made tool parts.

The other candidate, Betty Ann Cook, is also a Mableton resident and is the executive director of Outreach Community Engagement for Chattahoochee Technical College.

On the application, Cook listed her special expertise in business development, with a focus in natural resources.

Cook is the former chair of Keep Cobb Beautiful, and in the mid-1990s she was the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Zoning and Planning

On Wednesday, two appointments also were made to the Planning Commission, which has seen a lot of changes in the last few months, including the addition of Cheryl Richardson, an attorney in Marietta, who started in May.

Sam Storey vacated his position with the commission after moving out of his district this spring. The council voted to replace him with Hicks Poor, the owner of the Marietta-based construction company The Poorter Group.

John Schupp also stepped down from the commission because of an extensive travel schedule. He was absent from the August meeting.

Schupp’s position will be filled by Roy Vanderslice, the vice president at United Community Bank at 200 Cherokee St., just south of the Loop.

Vanderslice said filling the vacant seats will allow the commission to better vet issues before passing them on for a vote by the City Council.

“I think we will be able to more fully analyze situations,” Vanderslice said.

There is still one vacancy on the Planning Commission.

The council also appointed David Hunter, an employee with the insurance company Little & Smith, Inc. at 202 Church St., south of the Loop, to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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