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Board, commission appointments OK’d by Berlin’s council

By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer

(Nov. 21, 2019) Two new people were appointed, and eight others were reappointed to several of Berlin’s boards and commissions by a unanimous vote from the Town Council Tuesday evening.

“I have confidence they will all serve our community with integrity and uncommon, common sense,” Mayor Gee Williams said in a memorandum to other council members.

Williams said he had two new appointments in mind: Atlantic Hotel General Manager Laura Stearns to fill a vacancy on the Berlin Parks Commission for a two-year term, and area resident John Apple to serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals for a three-year term. Apple is a code enforcer and assistant town manager for the Town of Bethany Beach, Delaware.

Apple will replace Doug Parks, who served on the board for more than 20 years, according to Planning Director Dave Engelhart.

As for reappointments, Williams gave a nod to a number of recommended members. Berlin has nine different boards and commissions.

Berlin’s Historic District Commission Chairwoman Carol Rose, Vice Chairman Dr. Robert Poli and Stearns were reappointed to three-year terms.

Board of Supervisors of Elections Chairman Lou Creter and member John Briddell were reappointed to serve four-year terms.

As for Berlin’s Planning Commission, Chairman Chris Denny and member John Barrett were reappointed to serve two-year term. D.J. Lockwood will handle the alternate position.

Councilman Elroy Brittingham was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.