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City accepting applications for boards and commissions

Thursday, January 21, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Columbia City Clerk’s office announced it is accepting applications for 26 positions on various city boards and commissions.

The applications, available at the clerk’s office or on the city’s Web site, must be received by noon on Feb. 5.

Positions are currently available with the following boards and commissions:

Board of Mechanical Engineers; one opening:

  • The board offers examinations for mechanical heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration licenses or certificates.
  • Applicants must be residents of Columbia and employed as general contractors (not in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration business).
  • Monthly meetings are held at 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.
  • Term expires June 17, 2011.

Building Construction Codes Commission; two openings:

  • The commission reviews and makes recommendations related to building construction codes.
  • Applicants should demonstrate experience as a professional engineer (electrical or mechanical) or as a master plumber.
  • The available positions are for alternate members, who serve in the absence of regular members.
  • Monthly meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month.
  • Terms expire Aug. 1.

Career Awareness and Related Experience Advisory Board; one opening:

  • The board advises the council on issues related to the C.A.R.E. program. Board members should also promote the program to current and prospective employers in Columbia and Boone County.
  • Meetings are held on call.
  • Term expires March 1, 2013.

Columbia Vision Commission; one opening:

  • The commission observes and assists with the implementation of the visioning process in Columbia and Boone County.
  • The available position is for a coordinating committee member.
  • Applicants must be residents of Boone County who are not residing within the city limits of Columbia and demonstrate a commitment to the visioning process.
  • Applicants should also be able to demonstrate data, management and collaborative skills.
  • Meetings are held on call.
  • Term expires Dec. 15, 2012.

Community Development Commission; one opening

  • The commission advises on all matters related to community development.
  • Applicants must be Fourth Ward residents registered to vote in the city of Columbia. Members cannot serve on the board of directors or be employed by any agency that receives funding through actions of the commission.
  • Monthly meetings are held on call.
  • Term expires Nov. 1, 2012.

Firefighters Retirement Board; one opening

  • Board manages and develops policies for the fire retirement trust.
  • Applicants must be Columbia residents registered to vote.
  • Quarterly meetings are held on call.
  • Term expires Dec. 31, 2011.

Health Insurance Appeals Board; one opening

  • The board hears appeals from administrator decisions.
  • Applicants must demonstrate professional experience in administering benefits for a large organization.
  • Monthly meetings are held on call.
  • Term expires Feb. 16, 2013.

Historic Preservation Commission; one opening

  • The commission advises the council about historically significant structures in the area.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in historic preservation. Preference will be given to those with a background in related fields such as architecture, design, real estate appraisal or construction, law or general contracting.
  • Monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Term expires Sept. 1, 2012.

Human Rights Commission; three openings

  • The commission reviews discrimination complaints filed with the city and advises the council on issues related to human rights.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to human rights and equal opportunities.
  • Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday.
  • Terms expire March 1, 2012, and March 1, 2013.

Mayor’s Committee on Physical Fitness; one opening

  • The committee provides public education resources about the importance of physical activity, as well as initiates and encourages community fitness and sports programs.
  • Position will be filled by mayoral appointment.
  • Quarterly meetings are held at 12:30 p.m. the first Tuesday; additional monthly meetings are held as needed.
  • Term expires Nov. 30, 2011.

New Century Fund Board; one opening

  • New Century Fund Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation.
  • Applicants must be Columbia residents registered to vote.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in the city’s future and its funding needs.
  • Meetings are held on call.
  • Term expires Sept. 30, 2010.

Public Communications Resource Advisory Committee; one opening

  • The committee advises the council on revenue allocation to agencies that provide public communication services to Columbia citizens.
  • Applicants must be First Ward residents registered to vote and cannot be a paid officer or employee of Columbia or any agency that receives funding through actions of the committee.
  • Applicants must demonstrate experience in communications, citizenship or non-profit management.
  • Monthly meetings are held at 4 p.m. the fourth Thursday.
  • Term expires Dec. 31, 2010.

Public Transportation Advisory Commission; seven openings

  • The commission reviews issues of transit policy and safety affecting the city, reviews the Columbia Transit Master Plan and makes recommendations to the council.
  • Meetings are held on call.
  • Terms expire one and two years after appointment.

Substance Abuse Advisory Commission; two openings

  • The commission promotes programs to prevent and reduce alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Applicants must demonstrate concern for alcohol and substance abuse problems in the community. Preference may be given to health-care professionals.
  • Monthly meetings are held the second Wednesday at noon.
  • Terms expire Oct. 31, 2010, and Oct. 31, 2011.

Sustainable Farms and Communities Board; two openings

  • Sustainable Farms and Communities Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation.
  • Applicants must be Columbia residents.
  • Applicants should demonstrate capabilities in overseeing future construction, maintenance and operations of a farmers’ market community center.
  • Meetings are held on call.
  • Terms expire Dec. 31, 2011.

All applications must be sent to the clerk’s office located on the fourth floor at 701 E. Broadway.


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