Officials are looking to fill 19 positions on 11 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 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. 23, 2024.
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.
Here are the openings:
Active Transportation Advisory Committee (1 opening)
– One Americans with Disabilities (ADA) representative term ending 3/31/26
Description:This committee reviews public comment, and advises city staff on the prioritization and land acquisition/easements for sidewalks and trails within Fayetteville. Members are also responsible for adopting sidewalk and trails master plans. Recommendations relating to trails are forwarded to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Recommendations relating to sidewalks are forwarded to the Transportation Division.
Meetings: Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at City Hall.
Advertising and Promotion Commission (1 opening)
– One tourism industry representative term ending 3/31/2028
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 the Fayetteville Town Center.
Black Heritage Preservation Commission (1 opening)
– One unexpired member-at-large term ending 12/31/26
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: Regular meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at City Hall.
Board of Adjustments (3 openings)
– Three public-at-large term ending 3/31/27
Description: The Board of Adjustments hears and decides appeals where it is alleged there is error or ambiguity in any order, requirement, decision, interpretation, or determination made by the City Planner in the enforcement of Zoning Chapter 160-164.
Meetings: Regular meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at City Hall.
Civil Service Commission (1 opening)
– One citizen-at-large term ending 3/31/30
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.
– One member involved in community food systems term ending 12/31/27
– One resident-at-large term ending 12/31/27
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 on the fourth Wednesday of each month at City Hall.
Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals (1 opening)
– One full board member term ending 3/31/29
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 the board are infrequent. Members are telephoned a week in advance of the meeting.
Fayetteville Arts Council (2 openings)
– One unexpired resident representative term ending 6/30/26
– One unexpired resident working artist term ending 6/30/25
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 on the third Wednesday of each month at City Hall.
Fayetteville Public Library Board of Trustees (1 opening)
– One public-at-large term ending 4/01/29
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 the Fayetteville Public Library.
Planning Commission (3 openings)
– Three citizen-at-large terms ending 3/31/27
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 City Hall.
Urban Forestry Advisory Board (3 openings)
– One unexpired University of Arkansas representative term ending 12/31/25
– One unexpired resident-at-large term ending 12/31/25
– One unexpired land development representative term ending 12/31/25
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 on the first Wednesday of each month at City Hall.