CUMBERLAND — The City Council met in a closed administrative session Tuesday to discuss acting City Administrator Jeff Rhodes’ performance since taking the position July 1, as well as appointments to the Downtown Development Commission and Human Relations Commission, according to Mayor Brian Grim.

Rhodes took over the position as acting city administrator following former City Administrator Jeff Repp’s June 30 resignation.

“With additional interest known to exist in the community, the DDC vacancy will be re-advertised to continue to solicit interest in the one available seat,” said Grim.

The development commission is comprised of 13 members, nine of whom are required to be a property or business owner located in the primary benefit districts within the special taxing district. Three members are required to be a business or property owner located in the secondary benefit district and one member is appointed from among the general population.

Commission members serve three-year terms and are charged with governing the uses and regulations of the downtown mall. They meet the second Thursday of each month at 8:15 a.m. in the conference room of City Hall.

The vacant seat requires that a property or business owner be located in the district that fronts the pedestrian mall located on Baltimore Street, Centre Street or Liberty Street. The seat was vacated as of April 28. Regis Larkin, former chairman, resigned due to a potential conflict of interest as the City Market property owner and because the development commission doesn’t have a conflict of interest policy. Dave Romero took Larkin’s position as chair.

The names of the new appointees will appear on a future public meeting agenda for formal approval, as no votes are cast in executive sessions, said Grim.

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