Filling seats can be hard.
Especially when those seats are for members of municipal planning commissions.
Rising Sun is still looking for town residents to fill two positions on its planning commission. Perryville officials plan to appoint two new members and an alternate to that community's planning commission. Port Deposit recently filled two vacancies on its planning board.
Finding people to take the posts isn't easy, officials said last week.
"We did have a little difficulty finding people to fill the posts," Perryville town administrator Denise Breder said. "That board has been short-handed for a couple of months."
Getting people to stay on the board is also hard, Port Deposit Mayor Wayne Tome said.
"We usually have somebody ready to come on board [when there is a planning commission vacancy]," he said. "Then they find out they're not interested or it takes too much time."
In addition to the meetings and workshops, planning commission members must now complete a state-mandated training course.
"They have to complete the program within six months of their appointment," Breder said. That course can be taken online, she added.
The training may be one of the reasons Rising Sun is still looking for residents to fill the pair of vacancies on its planning board, town administrator Calvin Bonenberger said.
"We have had those vacancies for a while," he said. "Those seats have been empty since mid or late summer."
Several residents have been asked if they would serve on the board and the town has also advertised the vacancies, Bonenberger said.
"But we've not had a full-court press to fill the seats," he added.
Filling the positions is becoming crucial, he said. "We're now working on a new land development plan. We want more clarity and we want the plan to be more direct," Bonenberger said.
The planning commission will also be involved in developing an economic development program for the community, he added.
"This will affect the community for decades and we have to get it right," he said.