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Commissioners face another empty seat on commission

The Island County Board of Commissioners are expected to vote Monday to fill the District 1 seat on the county planning commission that exists with the expiration of Val Hillers’ term on Jan 2.

Hillers, a Coupeville resident who has served on the advisory body since March 2005, has reapplied for the position.

Three others have also applied for the post: Todd Bitts, a Realtor on the South End, Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Geoff Tapert and Dean Enell, the former chairman of the Freeland incorporation committee.

Another vacancy on the planning commission is on the horizon.

Alan Schell, a District 2 planning commissioner, announced his resignation Monday that will take effect at the end of February.

“My reasons are personal rather than political. Basically, I have become too busy,” Schell said.

Schell said he will be traveling outside the country more often than in the past — he was scheduled to leave for Africa Saturday to help install a water system — and he is also serving as an elder and treasurer at Family Bible Church.

County commissioners already have one seat to fill for District 2, the position left empty by departing planning commissioner Bill Massey. Applications for that seat will be accepted through Jan. 16.

James Bruner of Oak Harbor is the only person who has submitted an application for that post.

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