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At-large member Mark Suiter reflected on a busy four-and-a-half years serving on the York County Planning Commission at his last meeting Wednesday.
He said he “learned to be thick-skinned” throughout his time on the commission, as contentious issues such as farming regulations, land rezonings, the expansion of the Lafayette Gun Club and an application to operate an oyster farm in the county led to packed meetings filled with critics and supporters.
“The biggest reason that things went well was not because of what I did,” Suiter said. “The people of York County were respectful of people, they listened, they disagreed, they had their chance to speak their mind, and they did it with respect.”
Suiter, whose term ends June 30, was appointed to the Planning Commission in October 2010 and is the vice president of finance for Maida Development Company, a manufacturer of electrical components.
He said he did not seek another appointed term on the commission due to personal reasons.
Suiter will be replaced by Robert “Pete” Peterman, who also serves on the York County Wetlands Board. Peterman’s first meeting on the Planning Commission will be July 8.