Noel and Patricia Stetson are making a name of themselves these days in Lockeford, with both serving on elected boards.
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors recently appointed Patty Stetson to fill a vacancy on the Lockeford Municipal Advisory Council, while her husband was recently named board president of the Lockeford Community Services District.
A registered nurse at Dameron Hospital in Stockton, Patty Stetson said she volunteered for the MAC because she wanted to support the community and become more involved in community activities. She was already active with the Lockeford Historical Society.
Patty Stetson is looking forward to her first MAC meeting, scheduled for Feb. 16, so she can listen to residents’ concerns about whatever issues come up at the meeting.
“It’s a sounding board to the Board of Supervisors,” she said.
The Municipal Advisory Council consists of seven local residents who make recommendations to county officials about Lockeford issues.
“I like not having to call the county and go through the red tape,” Patty Stetson said, saying why she enjoys being on the MAC.
Stetson says the biggest issues facing Lockeford include safety, downtown revitalization, how future growth will affect the community and maintaining Lockeford’s small-town atmosphere.
“She brings a wealth of knowledge about the community,” new MAC President Joe Sublett said. “She’s active in a lot of organizations.”
Stetson’s husband, Noel, serves on the Community Services District board, which provides water and sewer service to Lockeford. The district also plans to construct Lockeford’s first community park on a 4-acre site on Jack Tone Road.
Noel Stetson also served on the MAC, running unopposed for a two-year term in 2004 and winning re-election to a four-year term in 2006. In 2010, He decided to shift gears and seek a seat on the CSD board because it is a board in which he could make decisions rather than merely advise the county. He was unopposed in the 2010 election.
Noel Stetson said his top priority is getting the park constructed. With growth coming to a near-standstill due to the recession, the district isn’t worrying so much about water and sewer issues
The county donated the land to the Community Services District, but Stetson says the district must still get approval on the park plans from the county Planning Commission before awarding a contract for the project.
The park will include a community center, with space for sheriff’s deputies to write reports and maintain a presence in the park, and a home for a park caretaker.
The Community Services District board is exploring the idea of selling plaques with donors’ names on them to raise money to maintain the park. Patty Stetson is leading the fundraising effort, though the CSD board has yet to approve the concept.
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