Wanted: 16 volunteers for Fayetteville boards, commissions and committees

University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart speaks to members of the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission during a regular meeting inside the Fayetteville Town Center conference room on Dec. 10, 2012.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

It’s time to fill 16 openings on nine of Fayetteville’s volunteer boards, commissions and committees.

City officials last week released the Q1 2013 list of vacancies, which include seats on the Advertising and Promotion Commission, Animal Services Advisory Board and Planning Commission.

All volunteers must be registered voters who reside within the Fayetteville city limits.

Applications must be mailed or hand delivered to the City Clerk’s office or emailed to [email protected] by 5 p.m. Feb. 28.

For more information, call 479-575-8323.

Download an application (PDF)

Advertising and Promotion Commission

Seats available:
– One public-at-large term ending 3/31/17
– One tourism industry term ending 3/31/17

Description:This group administers the Advertising and Promotion Fund, which is generated by the local hotel, motel, and restaurant (HMR) tax. The fund is used for the advertisement and promotion of the city and its environs, and/or construction, reconstruction, repair, maintenance, improvement, equipping, and operation of public recreation facilities.
Meetings: Regular meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 2:00 p.m. in the Fayetteville Town Center.

Animal Services Advisory Board

Seats available:
– One unexpired term ending 6/30/14

Description: This board acts in an advisory capacity on policy matters of the Animal Services Division, and works to stimulate and encourage communication with the community.
Meetings: Regular meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

Audit Committee

Seats available:
– One unexpired term ending 12/31/15

Description: The Audit Committee serves in an advisory capacity between the City Council, the city’s independent auditor, internal auditor, and management. The committee will review the city’s financial reports and internal controls regarding finance and accounting.
Meetings: The committee shall meet at least three times annually, or more frequently as circumstances dictate.

City Board of Health

Seats available:
– One unexpired term ending 12/31/16

Description: This board works to secure the city from the evils of contagious, malignant, and infectious diseases.
Meetings: Meetings are scheduled as needed.

Civil Service Commission

Seats available:
– One Unexpired Term Ending 03/31/19
* Must be a resident of the city for at least three years immediately preceding application/appointment

Description: The Civil Service Commission is responsible for examining and establishing eligibility lists for appointments and promotions within the police and fire Departments. The commission also acts upon appeals and disciplinary action taken by the police and fire chiefs and the mayor.
Meetings: Meetings are held whenever needed to administer tests and update eligibility lists. Meetings are generally held during normal business hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals

Seats available:
– One unexpired term ending 03/31/17
– One term ending 03/31/18
– Two alternate member terms ending 03/31/17

Description: The purpose of this board is to hear and to act upon appeals regarding decisions made by the building inspector/superintendent. The board also hears appeals regarding construction materials to be used in new building construction and development. In addition, the board hears appeals regarding enforcement of the minimum housing standards for existing structures as specified in the standard building codes. Information regarding this board can also be found in the standard building code.
Meetings: The Board does not meet on a regular basis, as the requests forwarded to this Board are infrequent. Members are telephoned a week in advance of the meeting.

Fayetteville Public Library Board of Trustees

Seats available:
– Two terms ending 04/1/18

Description: The purpose of this board is to provide leadership in performing the mission of the library; to serve as a liaison between the library and the city; and to ensure the library meets the informational, educational and recreational needs of the community. The board is responsible for library funds, construction and maintenance of any library building, policies and planning, and the appointment of the library director.
Meetings: Regular meetings are held on the third Monday of even numbered months at 4:00 p.m at the library.

Housing Authority Board of Commissioners

Seats available:
– One unexpired term ending 12/28/14

Description: The commissioners approve by-laws, resolutions, policies and procedures for administering housing programs for low income persons. The Housing Authority operates units of Public Housing and rental assistance in Fayetteville. Both programs are for low and very low income persons. All funds are provided through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Meetings: The board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month in the City Hall, Room 111 at 6 p.m.

Planning Commission

Seats available:
– Three terms ending 03/31/16
* Applicants shall disclose all real estate holdings in Fayetteville and the Fayetteville planning area, and any business or financial interest that could affect, or be affected by, decisions of the Planning Commission.

Description: The commission makes recommendations to the City Council regarding zoning changes, all annexations, and conditional uses. The commission also makes recommendations concerning amendments or changes to the Master Street Plan, General Land Use Plan, or other comprehensive planning elements.
Meetings: Regular meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.