“Everyone single one of them was great.”
That’s what Wildomar Mayor Pro Tem Marsha Swanson had to say about the 18 city residents who applied to be part of an all-volunteer oversight advisory committee that will help steer the city as it readies to reopen its parks.
Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. marked the last day residents could apply for the unpaid positions.
During a parks subcommittee meeting Wednesday night at Wildomar City Hall, Swanson and Councilwoman Bridgette Moore painstakingly decided who of the 18 should be recommended to the five-member oversight advisory committee.
The two councilwomen sit on the parks subcommittee and as such were tasked to make the recommendations for the remaining council members to consider during the regularly scheduled Feb. 13 city council meeting.
Although all 18 volunteer candidates are still in the running, Swanson and Moore recommended the following seven for top consideration by council (in alphabetical order):
Douglas Ames, who has served Boy Scouts of America and the U.S. Navy
Scott Bradstreet, a parks’ supporter who has extensive experience as a landscape architect
Dawn DeVolder, a volunteer and small business owner who is studying early childhood education administration
Francis Monty Goddard, a civil engineer
John Lloyd, a long-time parks supporter who sat on the Wildomar Parks Formation Committee
Bobby Swann, who has experience dealing with large budgets
Kristen West, a youth groups counselor
In addition to appointing the five-member oversight committee on Feb. 13, council members will also be voting to approve what the roles, responsibilities and duties of the oversight committee will be. it was established that an oversight committee would be formed. Among the duties the committee is expected to have is ensuring Measure Z revenues are appropriately spent.
The committee will also help guide the process of reopening both Regency Heritage and Windsong parks.
Moore reminded Wednesday night’s audience that while council will appoint just five members to the parks’ oversight advisory committee, more volunteer openings are available.
“Please stay involved,” she said. “As the program develops, we will have opportunities.”
During Wednesday night’s meeting, Wildomar Community Services Manager Paula Willette said she will be posting all 18 applications on the city’s website. Click here for more info.