Council appoints Mautz to Planning Commission

Former Councilwoman Sheila Mautz is back in city government.
At the Jan. 15 meeting, Councilman Jim Bowman nominated Mautz to the Planning Commission. The motion was unanimously approved by the council.
Mautz, if you recall, lost her seat on the council to Paul Vincent Avila this past election.
Mautz was appointed to the council in 2005 and was later elected in 2008. Her service also includes 12 years on the Planning Commission as well as the Public Works Overview Committee.
Prior to the leaving the council in December, Mautz said she remained interested in staying involved in city government.
In addition to Mautz’ appointment, the City Council also discussed their selections to several city commissions.
But two vacancies on the museum board remained.
“We do have some opportunities,” Leon said.
Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada, who is the city’s liaison for the museum, spoke a little about the position, in an attempt to draw interest from the public. The board is currently going through a strategic planning process.
“The museum is a very exciting board to be on, and everybody who is currently on the board is doing a fabulous job,” Dorst-Porada said. “Lots of good stuff is happening with the museum.”
Councilman Paul Vincent Avila said he wanted to recognize the council’s patience, wisdom and teamwork in recognizing his selections to the various commissions.
“I sit with not just people that resided in this community for a tons of years and have aged gracefully. I have been mandated by the community and I feel very proud to be part of this council,” Avila said.
Mayor Paul Leon did have one request for the council – creating a facilities oversight commission.
I do visit facilities the city of Ontario has a lot of facilities, more than cities of this size. We have everything from an arena, a convention center to a mall,” the mayor pointed out.
That doesn’t include City Hall and all the teen centers and community centers, he said.
“A lot of times I have something to say, and I don’t know who to say it to,” Leon said.
Typically, those comments end up going to the city manager or a city staff member but Leon said he feels that process should be transparent.
Councilman Alan Wapner said he approved of the idea and suggested that the council put the item on the agenda for the next council meeting Feb. 5.
Wapner suggested that at least two people be appointed to oversight commission.
The council agreed.
To pick up a application for museum board, visit or call the city clerk at 909-395-2009.
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