City board applications deadline is extended

The city has extended its deadline for accepting applications to fill openings on its boards and committees.

For the past month, the city has been encouraging residents to apply for open positions on 10 of its boards and committees. Every spring, terms expire on the boards and committees.

The city will continue to accept applications for all its positions until April 2 but is especially looking to fill five vacancies on four boards, City Clerk Julie Jordan said.

On March 16, the City Council approved to extend the deadline for applications, which had ended March 12.

The city has received more than 30 applications, an above-average amount, Jordan said.

"It is terrific to see more people give back to the community," she said.

The terms of those people holding the open positions end March 31, but those already appointed will continue serving until the council makes its selections, which is expected by the end of month, Jordan said.

A position remains open in the water focus group after member Nancy Mayer resigned. The water focus group was formed after voters turned down a consolidation plan to look at ways the city and Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District might consolidate their services. Mayer took a position as a board member for Mount Werner Water.

Another spot remains unfilled for the Ice Rink Advisory Committee, which has four positions opening. With Steamboat's strong skating community, Jordan said she was surprised to have a vacancy on the committee. The city hopes to have members of the figure skating community apply for the position to help balance representation with the hockey community.

Two positions remain vacant on the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee. The city received just two applications for the four open seats.

To be on the Historic Preservation board, members must have demonstrated interest or knowledge or have a professional background in historic preservation.

The city received an abundance of applications for some boards. The Trails and Rivers Committee had 10 applications for three openings.

"It is definitely an area the community is very interested in," Jordan said.

The Parks and Recreation Commission also had more people apply than positions opened with four openings and six applications.

The city Planning Commission, which reviews development applications and passes its recommendation to the council, also has two openings. Planning Commission Chairwoman Kathi Meyer and Planning Commissioner Tracey Barnett have expiring terms.

The two have reapplied for the positions along with two other applicants.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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