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BARRETT HONORED FOR SERVICE 3-28-16 LMS

Roy Barrett was thanked for his many years of service on the County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Board during a presentation ceremony Monday, March 28, 2016.

Barrett has decided to let someone else have the fun of serving on the board in a way that sets the path for future development in Lemhi County. He said he has enjoyed the public hearings, the give and take banter and watching the board become diversified and better educated about local and state codes. He said the present board has come together and works well together with its different points of view and different backgrounds based on membership lifestyles being lived throughout the county. He called that a plus.

Barrett said the perception of a “good ol’ boy” P&Z has been changed by that diversity and by the fact every issue is discussed thoroughly from all aspects. He said that while he served on the board some decisions were questioned as to legality but when lawyers reviewed the reasons for the decisions they conceded those reasons were based on sound research and the challenges were not pursued.

Barrett thanked the County Commissioners for recognizing the work the P&Z Board puts into every decision made. He said a lot of other counties wish they could start with a blank sheet of paper and get things done correctly however; it is too late for them. He said “it’s not too late for us.”

Commissioner Chairman John Jakovac presented Barrett with a plaque of appreciation for his years of work. County Planning and Zoning Administrator Gary Goodman said that during Barrett’s tenure Barrett took a real interest in doing things right. He said Barret made frequent trips to Goodman’s office to review procedures. Goodman said, “We were able to, in my opinion, advance the professionalism of the P&Z and we started following more closely what state law says about making reasoned decisions.” He said that was a real mile-marker for the P&Z and that the board has made some really tough decisions.

According to Goodman those decisions were made by discussing compliance with the Comprehensive Plan and the Development Code and Barrett wouldn’t give up until the board had discussed them all. Goodman said, “That Roy is what I really thank you for. That added a lot of professionalism and I think it will continue on and I wish you good luck in your retirement.”


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