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COVER: During the next three months, the city council will fill four of nine seats on the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission. Commissioner Travis Kelsey, left, will be eligible for a second term on the panel as will commissioner Corey Carothers. MERCURY PHOTO by JON SHAPLEY


Five residents have applied to fill a San Marcos Planning & Zoning Commission seat vacated last month following Jane Hughson’s election to the city council.

At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the council is expected to name a new member to complete the last 2¼ years of Hughson’s unexpired planning commission term. As of Monday, five people had submitted applications for the position:

Christopher Shawn Dupont

Owner, Dupont Cabinetry & Design

James “Jim” Garber

Anthropology professor, Texas State University

Kathryn “Kate” McCarty

Journalist, educator

John McGee

Retired finance professor, Texas State University

Gabrielle Moore

Real estate agent, Century 21 Randall Morris

Three more planning & zoning commission slots will be up for grabs early next year when the council restocks dozens of seats on 20 boards and commissions ranging from the Airport Commission to the Zoning Board of Adjustments.

When their current planning and zoning commission terms expire Feb. 28, Travis Kelsey, a downtown bar owner and restauranteur, and Corey Carothers, a dentist, will each be eligible for re-appointment to a second three-year term.

Commissioner Curtis Seebeck, meanwhile, is barred by city charter from serving a third consecutive term and, in any case, a charter amendment approved by voters in November 2013 eliminated representation for property owners who live outside the city limits but within the city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction. Seebeck has held the single ETJ seat since January 2009.

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