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Seeking Citizen Volunteers for County Boards/Committees

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A variety of volunteer positions are open on 17 different County Boards/Committees. If you're interested in serving on a board please review the list of available positions and send a brief cover letter and resume to simmsp@ewashtenaw.org or call (734) 222-6655 for more information.

WASHTENAW COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is looking for citizens to volunteer for a slate of positions with the various Boards, Committees and Commissions. The Board of Commissioners will make these appointments at their upcoming session on December 4, 2013 at 6:45 p.m. in the Board Room, Administration Building, 220 North Main Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

Individuals interested in applying should submit a letter of interest and resume, including a home address, to Peter Simms, County Clerk’s office, P.O. Box 8645, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48107. Letters and resumes may also be submitted via email to simmsp@ewashtenaw.org, via fax (734) 222-6528, or apply online at www.ewashtenaw.org.

 

Those resumes received by October 31, 2013 will be submitted to the Board of Commissioners for its consideration on December 4, 2013. The appointments will become effective January 1, 2014. These appointments include:

 

 

Ø  Accommodations Ordinance Commission – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill two positions to represent the general public for one-year terms expiring December 31, 2014. The Accommodations Ordinance Commission was established in 1975 with the purpose of enhancing the economy of Washtenaw County, through promotion of the area as a destination for overnight visitors.

 

Ø  Agricultural Lands Preservation Advisory Committee – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill three positions, one representing the General Public, and one representing Agricultural Production/Operator Agricultural Business for three-year terms expiring December 31, 2016. There is one position representing Environmental/Conservation Group/Natural Resource Prof. for the remainder of a three-year term expiring December 31, 2014. The purpose of the Agricultural Lands Preservation Advisory Committee is to assist the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in determining whether it should purchase the development rights on a particular parcel as well as how much the County should pay for those rights according to the Washtenaw County Purchase of Development Rights Ordinance.

 

Ø  Brownfield Redevelopment Authority – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill one position, representing the general public with a three-year term expiring December 31, 2016. The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority was established in 1999 in conformity with Act 381 of 1996, as amended. The purpose of this Authority is to facilitate the redevelopment of previously developed sites, consistent with the community’s commitment to sustainability and its vision for the future.

 

Ø  Building Authority – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill one position representing Architect with a six-year term expiring December 31, 2019. The Building Authority is incorporated for the purpose of acquiring, furnishing, equipping, owning, improving, enlarging, operating, and maintaining a building or buildings, automobile parking lots or structures, recreational facilities, and the necessary site or sites therefore for the use of the County of Washtenaw.

 

Ø  Citizen’s Advisory Council to the Juvenile Drug Court - The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill one position representing the general public for a three-year term expiring December 31, 2016. The Citizens Advisory Council to the Juvenile Drug Court was established for the purpose of gaining community input regarding the operations of the Juvenile Drug Court. The Citizens Advisory Council to the Juvenile Drug Court shall consist of six persons. Three members shall be appointed by the Trial Court and three members appointed by the Board of Commissioners. The members shall reflect as closely as possible the geographic, racial, age, gender, and ethnic population of Washtenaw County. Individuals interested in applying should demonstrate a caring interest in youth rehabilitation and the skills necessary to carry out the purpose of the Council.

 

Ø  Community Action Board – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill three (3) positions, two representing the private sector, with terms expiring December 31, 2015 and one representing consumer with a term expiring 12/31/15.   All members chosen for appointment to the Community Action Board will be made public prior to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners session at which they are to be appointed.  The names of these individuals will be published as a part of the December 4, 2013 Board of Commissioners meeting packet. The Community Action Board was established in 1990 for the purpose of working toward eliminating and preventing the causes of, and alleviating the effects of poverty in Washtenaw County.  The Board consists of 15 members who represent three sectors: Consumer (5 positions), Private Sector (5 positions), and Public Sector (5 positions).

 

Ø  Department of Human Services Board – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill one position to represent the general public for a three-year term expiring December 31, 2016. The Administration of the powers and duties of the County Department shall be vested in a county's social services board of three members, appointed from persons resident within the County and holding no elective office, for three year terms as follows: two members shall be appointed by the county board of supervisors, and one member by the director of state department." 1996 State Department name changed from Department of Social Services to Family Independence Agency. In 2005 Executive Order 2004-38 authorized the name change from Family Independence Agency to Department of Human Services. 

 

Ø  Hearing Board for the Health Department Food Service Regulations – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill two positions, one to represent a Food Service Establishment and the other to serve as an alternate for the Food Service Establishment rep. These terms are five-year terms expiring December 31, 2018. The Hearing Board is to be composed of: (1) a County Commissioner serving on the Health Board of Appeals or an alternate appointed by the Chair of the Board of Commissioners; (2) the Health Officer or his/her designated representative; (3) a representative of a food service establishment in Washtenaw County. This representative and his/her alternate shall be appointed by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.

Ø  Historic District Commission – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill two positions total, two representing the general public for three-year terms expiring December 31, 2016. The Commission ensures that efforts are made to safeguard the heritage of Washtenaw County by identifying and preserving sites, structures, objects and other resources of historical, cultural, archaeological, economic, political, or architectural significance. The Commission seeks to promote the establishment and use of historic districts, markers and other programs for the education, pleasure and welfare of the people of this county. Individuals who have demonstrated their interest in Washtenaw County's history and their ability to render valuable services in historical and civic matters, especially representatives of educational and civic organizations, are invited to apply.

 

Ø  Local Emergency Planning Committee – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill 23 positions total representing the following: Hospitals (3); Health (2); Law Enforcement (2); Owner/Operator of Title III Facility (2); Firefighter (2); Civil Defense / Emergency Management (2);  Elected State (1); First Aid (1); Civil Defense (Ann Arbor City) (1); Transportation (1); Education (1); Community Groups (1); Broadcast Media (1); Print Media (1); Agricultural (1); Agricultural (Farm Bureau) (1). Each of the available positions is for a three-year term expiring 12/31/16. The Local Emergency Planning Committee was established in 1986, to serve as an emergency planning district under Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986. The purpose of this committee is to report on hazardous and toxic chemicals in the community as it pertains to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986.  The committee meets on a quarterly basis.

 

Ø  Natural Areas Technical Advisory Committee – The Board of Commissioners is seeking qualified applicants to fill three positions as follows: one (1) representing Land Trust/Conservation, one (1) representing Professional Real Estate or Development Practice, one (1) representing Environmental Education for two-year terms expiring December 31, 2015. The Natural Areas Technical Advisory Committee was established as an advisory body to assist the Parks and Recreation Commission in prioritizing natural areas nominated by property owners for the Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program. Applicants must be residents of Washtenaw County.

 

Ø  Parks and Recreation Commission – The Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill two positions representing the general public for three-year terms expiring December 31, 2016. The Parks and Recreation Commission was established in 1965 in conformity with Michigan Public Act 261 of 1965. The purpose of the Commission is to acquire, develop, operate and maintain land and recreational facilities, activities and programs not generally available or adequately provided. The Commission also plays a key role in countywide land preservation and stewardship efforts; the protection of sensitive ecosystems; environmental education; and the development of a non-motorized trail network linking communities, parks, and activity centers.

 

Ø  Public Works Board – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill two positions representing the general public for three-year terms expiring on December 31, 2016. The Public Works Board was established in accordance with MCLA 123.732 and focuses on assisting local communities within Washtenaw County in addressing environmental and public health issues and development needs, including wastewater disposal and collection, water treatment and supply, lake management, and solid waste and recycling management.

 

Ø  Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill one (1) position representing Resident for a three-year term expiring December 31, 2016. The Regional Transit Authority was established in accordance with Public Act 387 of 2012. Applicants  should have substantial business, financial, or professional experience relevant to the operation of a corporation or public transportation system

 

Ø  Washtenaw County/City of Ann Arbor Community Corrections Advisory Board – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill three positions as follows:  one member representing Communications Media, one representing Service Area, one representing General Public for three-year terms expiring December 31, 2016. The Board was established in 1991 and is responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring, assessing, and evaluating Community Corrections programs in Washtenaw County.

 

Ø  Washtenaw County Food Policy Council – The Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill eight positions, one (1) representing Waste Management, one (1) representing Nutrition, one (1) representing Food Manufacturer and Distributor, one (1) representing Economic Development, one (1) representing Education, one (1) representing Rural Agriculture, one (1) representing Food Service. The available positions above have two-year terms expiring December 31, 2015. There is one (1) position representing Emergency Food System for the remainder of a term expiring 12/31/14. The Food Policy Council was established in 2012 to develop a healthy community and thriving local food system.

 

Ø  Workforce Development Board – The Board of Commissioners is looking to fill five (5) positions.  Four (4) positions representing the private sector with three-year terms expiring December 31, 2016; one (1) position representing Rehabilitation for a three-year term expiring December 31, 2016. Individuals interested in appointment to a private sector position MUST SUBMIT RESUMES THROUGH THEIR LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and MUST BE SELECTED FROM THE TOP TEN EMPLOYERS IN WASHTENAW COUNTY  OR  REASONABLY REPRESENT THE INDUSTRIAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY WITHIN WASHTENAW COUNTY.  Nominations received for appointment to the private sector must also total 150% of the positions vacant in order for valid appointments to be made to the private sector.  The Workforce Development Board was established in 1995 to provide oversight and management of employment training initiatives and programs within the community.  

 

For additional information, please contact Peter Simms, Washtenaw County Clerk’s Office.  Phone: (734) 222-6655; email: simmsp@ewashtenaw.org.

 

RELEASED:  September, 2013

 

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