The Rio Vista City Council reappointed two Rio Vista Planning Commissioners and appointed two other residents to the commission that makes development and zoning decisions for the Delta community.

Last week the council interviewed a pool of 10 candidates for the commission vacancies. On Jan. 1, the terms of commissioners Mary Ellen Lamothe and Brent Cohn had expired and they were ultimately reappointed by the council last week.

Newcomer Rolf Sabye and former Rio Vista Mayor Jan Vick were also appointed to the commission. These two openings were due to the recent resignations from the council of new Rio Vista Mayor Norman Richardson and new Rio Vista City Councilman David Hampton.

"It was a very nice pool of applicants," said Councilman Jim McCracken. "It was a really hard decision to make with so many applicants."

Cohn said he hopes to continue to use his ideas for the betterment of the city and its residents in terms of redevelopment, neighborhood improvements and quality of life. He is also affiliated with the Rio Vista Public Safety Alliance and Rio Vista Youth Services.

"We have a few really good people who were just appointed also," he said.

Lamothe said that the city is on the cusp of bringing in architectural expertise that it hopes will bring housing to the city's scenic waterfront and revitalize the downtown. The small business owner also envisions future landscaping and signage drawing visitors to downtown.


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"Rio Vista really is in need of that," she said. "I'm hoping to be very involved in that to see some real action happen."

As a former commissioner, Vick said that she wants to use her civic experience to further support planning in Rio Vista.

Sabye brings 29 years of work experience with BART, including management. He also was a San Ramon Planning Commissioner for four years.

"I would like to see our city grow and prosper in a positive manner for the benefit of all our residents," he said. "I believe my experience can be of help."

Reach Paula King at 925-779-7174 or pking@bayareanewsgroup.com.