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City accepting applications for boards, commissions

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | 4:38 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The city clerk's office is accepting applications to fill vacancies on Columbia boards and commissions.

Applications must be turned in by noon Aug. 6 to the city clerk's office, 701 E. Broadway on the second floor. Applications are available in the city clerk's office or on the City Council page of the city's website. The applications can also be submitted online.

The following boards and commissions have openings, according to a city news release:

The Board of Electrical Examiners

  • The board is empowered to give examinations for electricians' licenses and certificates.
  • One vacancy with term to expire Aug. 1, 2013.
  • Applicants must be a layperson.
  • Meetings, when necessary, are held at 4:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month.

The Board of Health:

  • The board acts in an advisory capacity to the council on matters pertaining to public health and animal control.
  • Two vacancies with terms to expire Aug. 31, 2013.
  • Applicants must be a nurse and must have an interest in public health.
  • Monthly meetings held at 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month.

The Board of Mechanical Examiners:

  • The board is empowered to give examinations for mechanical heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration licenses and certificates.
  • One vacancy with term to expire June 17, 2011.
  • Must be a general contractor not in the HVACR business and be a resident of Columbia.
  • Monthly meetings held at 5 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month.

The Building Construction Codes Commission:

  •  The commission periodically reviews and makes recommendations relating to building construction codes.
  • Three vacancies with terms to expire Aug. 1, 2013.
  • Three alternate members (to serve in absence of the regular member) are needed from each of the following categories: professional engineer (experience in electrical/mechanical), master plumber and landlord.
  • Monthly meetings held at 4:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month.

Comprehensive Plan Task Force:

  • The task force advises and assists the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council on all phases of the Comprehensive Plan development, including citizen involvement, public education and outreach, recruitment of volunteers and review of interim products.
  • One vacancy.
  • Consideration will be given to applicants with prior involvement in the visioning process, service on a city commission, professional credentials or participation in a civic, business, or professional organization.
  • Monthly meetings held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

Downtown Columbia Leadership Council:

  •  Members shall review the boundaries of an expanded downtown development area and work with others in creating a comprehensive downtown strategic plan. Members also work on other projects, as requested by the council.
  • Three vacancies with terms to expire May 1, 2011, May 1, 2012, and May 1, 2013.
  • Two members must be representatives of recognized neighborhood associations and must submit a letter from an officer of the neighborhood association certifying he/she has been designated by the association as its representative, and one must reside in the expanded downtown development concept plan and study area, as defined in the "Downtown Columbia Leadership Council Interim Report," dated May 2009.
  • Monthly meetings held at 4 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month.

Historic Preservation Commission:

  • The commission makes recommendations to the City Council regarding historically significant structures.
  • Three vacancies with terms to expire Sept. 1, 2013.
  • One must have a background and expertise in historic preservation, one must have a background and expertise as a real estate investor, and one must have an interest in historic preservation and represent disciplines, such as architecture, design, law, real estate appraisal, construction/general contracting or be a layperson.
  • Monthly meetings held at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month.

Internet Citizens Advisory Group:

  • Members assess the user friendliness and effectiveness of the city's Internet activities. The group makes recommendations to staff and the City Council on resource priority for the city's effective utilization of the Internet.
  • One vacancy with term to expire Oct. 15, 2012.
  • Meetings held at 5 p.m. every other month on the third Wednesday of the month.

Source Water Protection Plan Task Force:

  •  The task force will assist in the preparation of a Source Water Protection Plan as outlined by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
  •   Four vacancies.
  • Consideration will be given to prior service on a city board or commission, professional credentials or participation in a civic, business or professional organization.
  • Meetings held on call.

Substance Abuse Advisory Commission:

  • The commission promotes coordination of programs intended to prevent and eliminate alcohol and substance abuse.
  •  One vacancy with term to expire Oct. 31, 2011.
  • Applicants must be a health care professional and have a demonstrated interest in and concern for substance and alcohol abuse problems in the community.
  • Monthly meetings held at noon the second Wednesday of the month.

Tax Increment Financing Commission:

  •  The commission serves as an advisory body to the City Council, as it relates to the consideration of tax increment financing proposals submitted by interested parties or initiated by any public agency in accordance with the Real Property Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act.
  • Two vacancies with terms to expire Sept. 1, 2014.
  • Meetings held on call.

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