Seffinger Named to Parks Commission on 5-1 Vote
Ashland City Council voted 5 to 1 to approve the Parks Commission recommendation that former commissioner and former city councilor Stef Seffinger be appointed to fill a vacancy on the Parks board.
Dissenting was Councilor Dylan Bloom who told Ms. Seffinger that it was “nothing personal.” His objection was to the City Charter provision putting the responsibility for filling vacancies on the Parks Board to the Council.
Bloom said he hopes that a review of the Charter be undertaken in the near future that among other things would give the Parks Commission the responsibility to fill vacancies.
In remarks before the Council, Ms. Seffinger said her goals on the Parks board are to upgrade Senior Center services, improve North Mountain Park and continue work on the city’s trail system.
In her application to fill the vacancy she also favored creation of a special taxing authority for the parks department, but she didn’t mention that in her appearance before the Council and she was not asked about that.
Her term goes to the end of 2024.