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Seventy apply for nine slots on Oversight Committee to help City Council spend $90-plus million in sales tax funds

In City Hall on March 6, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Seventy residents have applied to sit on City Hall’s nine-member Local-Option Sales Tax Oversight Committee.

Among the 70 is Gary Ficken, a local businessman who was co-chairman of Vote Yes! For Our Neighbors, the grass-roots group that the campaign to get the 1-percent sales tax passed on Tuesday.

The residents approved the ballot measure by a 59 percent to 41 percent margin.

Also on the list are some of leaders of the city’s flood-damaged neighborhoods, including Frank King and Jon Galvin, president and vice president of the Northwest Neighbors Association; Michael Richards, president of the Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association; and Gregory Stokesberry, president of the South West Area Neighbors.

In a letter to City Hall on Friday, King, Richards, Stokesberry and Dianne Yanda, president of the Cedar Valley Neighborhood Association, said they were “demanding” that the mayor and City Council make sure that their neighborhoods are represented on the oversight committee.

“We believe that this is the best way to protect the interests and ensure the confidence of those Cedar Rapidians most egregiously affected by the flood,” the four neighborhood presidents said. They have joined in what they are calling the River Neighborhood Alliance.

The mayor will make the selections to the Oversight Committee with the advice and consent of her City Council colleagues. The decision will be made before April 1, when the sales tax begins to be collected. The collections extend through June 30, 2014.

According to the city, others among the 70 applicants are:

Andy Petersen, B. Larry Johnson, Bruce Vander Sanden, Charles Menge, Charles Watkins, David Clemens, David Hogan, David Mather, David West and Debra Dooley.

Don Boland, Donald Leonhart, Erick Skogman, Gregory Pollock, Heather Schoonover, James Nelson, James Powers, Jeff Beer, Jeff Palmer, Jeremy Cobert and John Gruca.

John Malone, Joseph Michalec, Kathi Lewis, Kathy Potts, Kevin Curl, Kevin Litten, Larry Berns, Lyle Broer, Marion Patterson, Markell Kuper, Marvin Dale Hedgecoth and Mauryne Simoens.

Michael Brunelli, Nancy Bruner, Nick Capussi, Richard McArtor, Richard Shoemaker, Robert Untiedt, Ruth Hart, Stephanie Feuss, Tamara Koolbeck, Thomas Haugen and W. Scott Jamieson.

James Sattler, James Young Sr., G. Richard Dirk Johnson, Leland Freie, Stephen Hammes, Terry Chostner, Linda Meanor, Susan Blome, Sandra Skelton, Jean Bell, Elizabeth Hladky, Patrick Courtney, William Overland, Charles Varnum, Jerry Gillon, Jody Lippmann and Thomas Zuber.

The last names of four others were not readable on the city’s list.

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