Coupeville Town Council approved the appointment of two people to the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Commission.
Existing Preservation Commission member Ron VanDyk renewed his position. He’s a retired electrician and has also served on the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve Trust Board.
In his application, VanDyk said he’s had an ongoing interest in Whidbey Island history since growing up in Oak Harbor.
Bentley Lovejoy also applied and was appointed to the commission. Lovejoy spent time in Coupeville as a child and recently moved to the area.
In his application, he said his interest in being involved in the commission stems from his lifetime connection to the area due to his family history of early settlers in the area.
After reading a column in the Examiner about open seats on the commission, Michael Moore also applied.
However, when Mayor Molly Hughes saw Moore’s background as a municipal attorney she said she approached him about filling a vacant seat on the Planning Commission.
“During his interview, when I realized his background with land use, community boards and law, I encouraged him to consider using those skills as a member of our Planning Commissioner.” Hughes said. “He considered his options and graciously applied to the Planning Commission where he felt he could best serve his community.”
“I would especially appreciate his background as we move into the process of updating our Comprehensive Plan.”