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Deltona commission welcomes new members, elects vice mayor
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Posted: 2012 Nov 23 - 06:13



By Erika Webb




Three new Deltona city commissioners and a new vice mayor are now in place.

Walter Barnaby, District 2; Nancy Schleicher, District 4; and Chris Nabicht, District 6, were sworn in at a brief ceremony on Nov. 12. The new commissioners replaced Herb Zichkau, Paul Treusch and Michael Carmolingo, respectively. The commission unanimously elected Commissioner Zenaida Denizac as vice mayor. Mr. Treusch held the position previously.

Mayor John Masiarczyk said after recently attending a workshop with the commission he is impressed and optimistic.

"So far, everything is positive," he said. "It's a big change in the dynamics of the group but we have a good, congenial relationship."

Deltona City Manager Faith Miller said she is hoping for "clear, consistent direction" from the commission.

"We look to them for policy decisions," Ms. Miller said. "There can be seven different opinions. I just hope they're comfortable talking to (Deputy City Manager) Dave (Denny) or myself, and asking for more information if they need it. There are a lot of issues they'll be facing."

Commissioner Barnaby said he hopes to accomplish his campaign pledge to bring jobs, integrity and prosperity to the citizens of Deltona.

"We are policy makers and legislators. It requires a lot of legislative skill to move things forward," Commissioner Barnaby said.

He said he was pleased to be seated next to Volusia County Chair-elect, Jason Davis, at a Volusia League of Cities conference recently.

"Policy makers must have good working relationships with influential leaders who affect laws and policies," he said.

Commissioner Nabicht said he's hoping the first "item of business" will be to pick up where the old commissioners left off and "clean up Deltona's water and sewer issue."

"We certainly want to tackle some long-term issues," he said.

SunRail is another big one.

"How are we going to move Deltona residents off I-4 and onto SunRail?" he said. "They're on the road at 5:30 in the morning and don't get home until 6:30 or 7 at night, when our meetings are. If we can increase ridership on SunRail it would allow them more time in the community."

Commissioner Nabicht said he wants to increase economic development, not only in Deltona but throughout the region.

He's looking forward to workshops where the commissioners can get to know each other better, determine comfort levels.

"We certainly want to tackle some long-term issues," he said.

Mayor Masiarcyk said he is looking forward to a Dec. 8 commission workshop where everyone will have a chance to get to know one another.

"We don't have the topics for the workshop finalized yet. The workshop is for the commissioners, for them to talk about their concerns, anything they'd like to change. It's more for them," Ms. Miller said.

Commissioner Barnaby worked for the Birmingham City Council Housing Department for 10 years; his last position was Area Housing Manager. Prior to moving to Deltona in 1991, he worked as a guest services manager in the hospitality industry in the Virgin Islands. He worked as an account executive in advertising sales for 95.3 FM WTLN Radio.

He is a Trinity Assembly of God Church board member, a former school board member and three term PTA president of Trinity Christian Academy and a former school board member of Reading Edge Academy

Commissioner Nabicht completed 31 years of service with the Deltona Fire Department, after serving as a firefighter, deputy chief and fire marshal. He served on the city's Firefighter Pension Board and the Development Review Committee.

He volunteers at Open Hands Ministries and is a minister of hospitality at St Clare Catholic Church.

Commissioner Schleicher is a retired teacher who taught for 33 years in Deltona public elementary schools.

She has volunteered in the community as founder and past chairman of the Deltona Citizens Action Committee, a member of the Deltona Incorporation Feasibility Study and Charter Committee, member Deltona Comprehensive Land Use Plan Committee and past president of the Deltona Civic Association.

Commissioner Schleicher is active with the Deltona Woman's Club, Discovery Elementary School Advisory Committee, Volusia Teachers Organization Retired and Area Retired Teachers Associations, Deltona Against Bullying, Open Hands Ministry, AARP and Emmaus Lutheran Church.

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