By Josephine Birdsell
After the June 29 election, the Greater Hilltop Area Commission introduced the new commissioners who will fill the five open commission seats.
The newly elected members were officially introduced at the July 2 commission meeting.
Four of the new commissioners – Shawn Maddox, Daniel Fagan, Rachel Wenning, and Patrick Barnacle – were elected by Hilltop residents, while the remaining commissioner – James White – was appointed by current commission members.
All of the newly elected and appointed commissioners will serve a three-year term beginning Sept. 1, 2019 and ending Aug. 31, 2022.
Two of the recently elected commissioners, Maddox and Fagan, have served on the commission previously. Maddox is finishing his first term and Fagan has served since January.
Other newly elected and appointed commissioners are newer to both the commission and the Hilltop. Wenning, Barnacle, and White have all moved to the Hilltop within the past five years. But they’re excited about the opportunity to help improve their community.
Wenning said she aims to “bring a new viewpoint to the commission.”
She outlines improving communication between the commission and community residents as one of her biggest focuses this term.
Maddox also said improving communication was a goal of his. During his previous term, Maddox worked to increase the amount of community input the commission received on zoning measures. This term, he hopes to continue increasing community input by improving the commission’s communication with neighborhood organizations.
Safety and beautification were also widely discussed among the new commissioners.
White is working to secure drinking fountains and lights for all local parks and hopes to renovate police substations to be more inviting. Barnacle and Wenning both hope to make the community more walkable, through various initiatives, like increasing safety measures and lowering speed limits.
“I see the Hilltop as a destination, a place that people can move into and be happy to live in. So long as I, and we, do our part to make it an inviting and safe place for people to come,” said White.