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Volunteers Needed for City Committees

Post Date:02/07/2018 11:48 a.m.

The City of Janesville has several upcoming vacancies for board, commission, or committee volunteer positions.

Serving on a board, commission, or committee can be a rewarding experience for community service-minded residents. Members of boards, commissions, and committees provide an invaluable service to our City. They advise the City Council on a variety of subjects by making recommendations on important policy matters. The detailed studies and advice of boards, commissions, and committees are often catalysts for innovative programs and improved services. Making local government effective, efficient, and responsive is everybody's responsibility, so please consider applying to serve on a City of Janesville board, commission, or committee.

Applications must be received by Sunday, March 11 to be considered for these openings. The City of Janesville has vacancies on the following boards, commissions, and committees:

Advisory Committee on Appointments – 1 alternate member

This committee recommends to the Council President and City Manager citizen nominees to municipal standing boards, commissions, and committees. Meetings take place on an as needed basis.

Golf Course Advisory Committee – 1 alternate member

This committee reviews and makes recommendations on public golf course operations, and solicits public feedback into improving the golf courses. The committee also reviews and evaluates what capital improvements are necessary and makes recommendations on such to the City Council. Meetings take place on an as needed basis.

Historic Commission – 1 voting member

The commission reviews National Register nominations and promotes historic preservation awareness. The commission also makes recommendations to the City Council, and establishes guidelines and criteria for construction, alteration, or demolition of improvements within a historic district. Meetings take place on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5PM.

Library Board of Trustees – 2 voting members

This board sets policy for operation of the Hedberg Public Library and prepares the Library's budget for City Council approval. Meetings take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:30PM.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee – 1 voting member

The committee is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations to the Parks Division, Recreation Division, and City Administration on matters concerning planning, development, operation, maintenance, and promotion of programs, facilities, and parks based upon the community's needs and interest. Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of every other month at 7PM.

Plan Commission – 3 voting members

The commission reviews items referred from the City Council relating to planning, zoning, and physical development. The commission also prepares and adopts the City's Comprehensive Plan or Master Plan. Meetings take place on the first and third Monday of each month at 6 PM (previously meetings began at 6:30 PM. Beginning March 1, meetings will start at 6 PM).

Police & Fire Commission – 1 voting member

The commission is responsible for hiring the Police and Fire Chiefs and approval of their subordinate appointments. They also review charges against and may discipline or dismiss the Police or Fire Chief or any subordinate. Meetings take place on an as needed basis.

Sustainable Janesville Committee – 1 voting member

This committee’s purpose is to advise the City Administration and the City Council on issues of environmental sustainability. Meetings take place monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30PM.

Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) – 1 alternate member

The ZBA is a five-member Board with two alternate members that reviews requests to vary or modify standards in the zoning ordinance. Planning and Building Services serves as staff to the ZBA. Meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4:30PM.

Eligibility to Serve

To be eligible for appointment to a committee, individuals must have interest or knowledge in the committee’s subject matter and be able to meet at the committee’s usual meeting time. Some committees require members to be residents of the City of Janesville. Committee residency requirements can be found at www.ci.janesville.wi.us/residency.

How to Volunteer

Individuals who are interested in volunteering for a committee need to complete an application form. Interested individuals may complete an electronic “fill-in” form (www.ci.janesville.wi.us/committeevolunteer) or download a PDF form for mailing. Applications must be received by Sunday, March 11 to be considered for these openings.

Following the application deadline, the Advisory Committee on Appointments will meet on Wednesday, March 28 at 5 p.m. in City Hall, First Floor Conference Room to review the applications and make their recommendation to the City President or City Manager. The appointments then go before the City Council for confirmation at their regular meeting on Monday, April 23. Individuals not chosen will receive a letter indicating their application will remain on file for the calendar year.

Please contact the City Manager’s Office with any questions at (608) 755-3177.

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