Position Again Filled By Council Member Doug McCollum
At the beginning of the October 15 Purcellville Planning Commission meeting, Chairman Gil Paist made a motion to put a vote for the election of a new chair and vice chair on the agenda for the evening.
Typically new appointments/changes to those serving on the commission are made on an annual basis at the body’s first meeting in the month of November.
Paist gave as a reason for the sudden action that he was not going to be able to attend that upcoming meeting. Commissioner Theresa Stein also said she would not be able to attend the November meeting, and this point was echoed by Planning Commission and town council liaison Doug McCollum, who said he would also probably not be able to attend.
The motion to set the vote for that evening passed 4–2–1 – with Commissioners Chip Paciulli, Paist , McCollum and Stein voting yes, commissioners Nedim Ogelman and EJ Van Istandal voting no, and commissioner Chris Bledsoe absent for the vote (due to a delayed flight).
Commissioner Ogelman was on record as saying that the vote for the election of a new chair and vice chair for the Planning Commission should take place at the regularly scheduled time in November.
At the end of the meeting Paist made a motion to nominate his predecessor, Town Council member and Council Liaison Doug McCollum, once again to the position of chair. Ogelman made a motion to nominate Commissioner Stein. She declined. A motion was then made by Commissioner Paciulli to make Stein Vice Chair, which she accepted. There was no vote as there were no other nominations.
At the end of the meeting Paist announced that he is resigning from the Planning Commission due to work and family obligations.