Fayetteville seeks 20 volunteers for boards and committees

Advertising and Promotion Commission (Fayetteville Government Channel/Screenshot)

Officials are looking to fill 20 positions on 13 of the city’s boards, commissions and committees.

The list of vacancies includes seats on the Advertising and Promotion Commission, Black Heritage Preservation Commission, Fayetteville Arts Council, Planning Commission and nine more.

All volunteers must be registered voters who reside within the Fayetteville city limits. Those who are not Fayetteville registered voters will need to provide proof of residency. All applicants must submit a new application for each board, commission or committee.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

After the application period ends, the Nominating Committee will look over the applicants and schedule interviews with selected individuals. The committee will then make their recommendations to the City Council for final approval. Some board positions are nominated by the mayor, but the application process is the same.

For more information, call the City Clerk’s office at 479-575-8323.

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Here are the openings:

Advertising and Promotion Commission (1 opening)

Seats available:
– One tourism industry appointee term ending 03/31/27

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 fourth Monday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Fayetteville Town Center.

Black Heritage Preservation Commission (2 openings)

Seats available:
– Two Citizen-at-Large terms ending 12/31/25

Description: The Black Heritage Preservation Commission aims to recognize, acknowledge, protect and preserve historical Black structures and cemeteries in Fayetteville, and to create Black historical markers to recognize the struggles and achievements of the city’s Black citizens.
Meetings: The commission meets at least quarterly and may meet more often if desired by the commission. The chair of the commission may call a special meeting upon two days’ notice.

Civil Service Commission (2 openings)

Seats available:
– Two Citizen-at-Large Terms Ending 3/31/29

Description: This commission examines and establishes eligibility lists for appointments and promotions within the police and fire departments. The commission also acts upon appeals of disciplinary actions. Each commissioner must be a resident of the city for at least three years immediately preceding their appointment.
Meetings: Meetings are held whenever needed to administer tests and update eligibility lists. Meetings are generally held between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Community Development and Assistance Programs Advisory Board (2 openings)

Seats available:
– One Member Involved in Housing Services Term Ending 12/31/26
– One Resident-at-Large Term Ending 12/31/26

Description: This board aims to promote community involvement in the prioritization of community development initiatives; improve community awareness of the community development and public assistance programs provided by the city and advise the Community Resources Division and the City Council on the proposed use of Community Development Block Grant and other grant funds.

Meetings: Meetings are held monthly at City Hall.

Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals (1 opening)

Seats available:
– One Member at Large Term Ending 3/31/28

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.

Energy Improvement District No. 1 (1 opening)

Seats available:
– One Unexpired Term Ending 12/31/24

Description: Board members would oversee the district’s issuance of tax-exempt bonds and loaning of money to property owners using a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. PACE is a creative financing mechanism that allows property owners to borrow money for weatherization, energy efficiency, renewable energy or water conservation improvements to their property. PACE enabling legislation was passed by the Arkansas Legislature in the 2013 session and signed by the Governor in April 2013.
Meetings: Regular meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every other month in City Hall.

Fayetteville Arts Council (1 opening)

Seats available:
– One Unexpired Working Artist Term Ending 6/30/23

Description: Helps define the community’s identity and sense of place, promote social interaction, bring the arts into everyday life and memorialize the past while expressing shared values for the future.
Meetings: Regular meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month in City Hall.

Fayetteville Public Library Board of Trustees (2 openings)

Seats available:
– Two Public-at-Large Terms Ending 4/1/28

Description: The purpose of the Board of Trustees 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.
Meetings: Regular meetings are held on the third Monday of even-numbered months at 4 p.m at the Fayetteville Public Library.

Housing Authority Board of Commissioners (2 openings)

Seats available:
– One Unexpired Resident Representative Term Ending 12/28/23
– One Unexpired Public-at-Large Term Ending 12/28/26

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 at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month in City Hall.

Planning Commission (3 openings)

Seats available:
– Three Citizen-at-Large Terms Ending 3/31/26

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.
Meets: Regular meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in room 219 of the City Administration Building.

Public Facilities Board (1 opening)

Seats available:
– One Unexpired Public-at-Large Term Ending 12/31/27

Description: The Public Facilities Board is authorized to issue revenue bonds to finance residential housing, health care, and related facilities to persons of low or moderate income and for the elderly.
Meetings: Scheduled as needed.

Urban Forestry Advisory Board (1 opening)

Seats available:
– One Unexpired Tree Service Community Representative Term Ending 12/31/24

Description: The purpose and intent of the committee is to advise the City Council on urban forestry and arboricultural related issues as an integral part of the city’s green infrastructure and to sit as the Wildland-Urban Interface: Firewise Advisory Board to advise the City Council on wildland and urban development related issues as an integral part of the city’s fire protection program and green infrastructure.
Meetings: Meetings are held at 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at City Hall.

Town and Gown Advisory Committee (1 opening)

Seats available:
– One Unexpired University of Arkansas Student Living Off Campus Term Ending 9/30/23

Description: This committee advises the City Council and University of Arkansas on mutually relevant issues including campus expansions, on- and off-campus student housing, and parking and noise issues in areas near the campus.
Meetings: The Committee meets the third Monday every other month at 3 p.m. at the AT&T Conference Room, Genesis Technology Incubator, 700 Research Center Blvd., Fayetteville, AR 72701.