Puri, Tillotson named to Columbia planning commission

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | 3:51 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Ray Puri and Bill Tillotson emerged from a field of 11 candidates to win five-year terms on the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission.

Puri, who already has served one year on the commission, won reappointment; Tillotson will be new to the commission.

Puri, 39, is vice president of the Hilton Garden Inn and lives in the Fifth Ward.

"My objective is to advocate balanced development for both environment as well as economic growth," Puri said.

He received five of seven votes from the Columbia City Council on Monday night.

Tillotson, 58, is a certified senior adviser for the Naught-Naught Agency, an insurance and financial services company. He said in his application that his experience as a business owner makes him "very adept at finding solutions to problems dealing with growth and finances." Tillotson lives in the Sixth Ward. He received four votes from the council.

Glenn Rice, who had sought reappointment to the commission after serving a five-year term, was among the nine candidates who didn’t make the cut.

The Planning and Zoning Commission advises the City Council on specific land-use and rezoning requests as well as more general planning efforts. It meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday after a regular Monday council meeting.

The council also appointed former Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala to a three-year term on the Energy and Environment Commission. Skala already has served eight years on the commission and is a former chairman of the group.

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