Help your community (and learn how your City works)
Have expertise and time to share for the betterment of your community? Want to be a key part of your local government? Five different City committees and commissions need volunteers. Members typically attend one or two meetings per month and advise the City staff and Council and make recommendations on everything from economic development, whether building projects meet different design criteria, and how to spend tax revenue on public safety and road projects.
CURRENT CITY COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE VACANCIES
The Arcata City Council is looking for community members to volunteer to serve on the following committees and commissions:
Historic and Design Review Commission – One vacancy. Application deadline: Friday, October 26, 2012, 5 p.m. This commission is made up of people with knowledge of historic preservation, architecture, landscape and building design, solar siting or green building design. They review the design of proposed construction projects in Arcata. The commission meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. These meetings are televised and webstreamed live.
Planning Commission – One vacancy. Recruitment is ongoing. This influential commission has final decision making authority for most planning and physical development permits in the Arcata area. The commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. These meetings are televised and webstreamed live.
Committee on Democracy and Corporations – Five vacancies. Recruitment is ongoing. The Committee on Democracy and Corporations researches and advises the City Council on socially responsible investing, “free and fair trade” promotion, and other social, economic and environmental justice issues. This committee’s meetings have been cancelled until further notice due to a lack of quorum.
Economic Development Committee – One vacancy. Recruitment is ongoing. This committee advises the City Council and staff on manufacturing, agriculture, retail, tourism and business expansion and revitalization. The committee meets on the second Monday of each month at 5 p.m.
Transaction and Use Tax Oversight Committee – One vacancy. Application deadline: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at 5 p.m. This committee’s members recommend how tax revenue resulting from a 2008 ballot measure are spent on public roads and safety. Committee members should understand budgetary and fiscal processes as well. The committee meets as needed at the call of the committee chairperson.
People living or working in the City of Arcata or the Arcata Planning Area are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants, please refer to the Arcata city street address list and Planning Area map on the web pages listed below to determine your residency status.
For more information please contact the Arcata City Manager’s Office at (707) 822-5953. Applications are available at the City Manager’s Office, 736 “F” Street, Arcata, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online anytime at:
Thank you for your interest in serving your community!