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Volunteers Needed for City Committees

Post Date:02/07/2019 10:29 am

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 10, 2019 to be considered for these openings. The City of Janesville has vacancies on the following boards, commissions, and committees:

Alcohol License Advisory Committee – 1 voting member (industry representative) and 1 alternate member

This committee advises the City Council on applications for liquor and related licenses by reviewing all alcohol license applications, renewals, and amendments. Meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month at 8 a.m. 

Audit Committee – 2 voting members

The Audit Committee assists the City Council as a whole in discharging its responsibilities for the overall stewardship of the City’s financial affairs. Meetings take place on as needed basis.

Community Development Authority (CDA) – 1 voting member

The CDA has the responsibility of providing oversight into the City’s Rent Assistance Program as well as planning and implementing community development programs including housing improvement projects, homeownership programs, and neighborhood and downtown improvement projects. The CDA reports to the City Council and City Manager and consists of five citizen members and two Councilmembers. Meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) Board – 2 voting members and 1 alternate member

The Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) was established in 2017 to provide resources for revitalizing the downtown area. The BID’s activities are governed by a BID Board, as required by State Statute and the BID By-Laws. The BID Board holds a minimum of two meetings annually, per the By-Laws. 

Golf Course Advisory Committee – 1 alternate

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 – 2 voting members

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 5 p.m.

Library Board of Trustees – 1 voting member

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 4:30 p.m.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee – 2 voting members

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 6 p.m. 

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 – 3 voting members

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 6:30 p.m.

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 6 p.m.

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 10, 2019 to be considered for these openings.

Following the application deadline, the Advisory Committee on Appointments will meet to review the applications and make their recommendation to the Council President or City Manager. The appointments then go before the City Council for confirmation at their regular meeting on Monday, April 22. Individuals not chosen will receive a letter indicating their application will remain on file for the calendar year.

Please contact the Assistant to the City Manager Maggie Darr with any questions at darrm@ci.janesville.wi.us or (608) 755-3103.

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