The City of New Brighton is now recruiting interested individuals to fill vacant seats on the volunteer commissions and task force that examine issues of community concern and provide guidance to City Council.
Community participation is a cornerstone to the City of New Brighton’s success. From attending neighborhood meetings and the annual Community Open House to providing valuable feedback to our elected officials and city leaders, our residents play an essential role in shaping our city. A key component of our reputation of devoted citizen involvement are the City’s various Commissions and Task Force which assist the City Council in making important policy decisions that impact our community. These citizen advisory groups research, study and discuss specific issues with both short-term and long-term implications and forward their recommendations to the City Council.
The time commitment for each of the boards and commissions varies, but most meet at least once a month for several hours. Preparation for meetings and special meetings sometimes require an additional time commitment. Applicants must be residents of New Brighton (with the exception of the EDC Commission; membership may be open to any resident or non-resident affiliated with a New Brighton business who is interested in the business climate and economic direction of the City) and be available for monthly meetings. People of all occupations and experiences are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted at City Hall through February 6, 2018. The City Council will be reviewing applications and conducting brief interviews in late February and early March. Appointments are typically for three year terms and are expected to commence April 1, 2018.
Residents may consider applying for appointment to the following commissions:
- Parks, Recreation, and Environmental Commission which advises on the proper use and care of the parks and natural environment, and on policies covering recreation;
- Economic Development Commission which advises on matters concerning industrial and commercial development in the City;
- Planning Commission which advises on all land use planning matters;
- Public Safety Commission which advises on the goals, policies, and operation of public safety functions and human rights issues
Residents may also apply for appointment to the Inclusive Community Task Force which was established by the City Council in October 2017. Among other things, the Inclusive Community Task Force is intended to advise the City Council on ways to:
- Continue existing and foster new relationships with partners within schools serving New Brighton
- Identify and recommend corrective actions to barriers and challenges that limit access to information and active engagement
- Identify inclusive community organizations that may serve as a conduit of communication
- Create a diverse workforce, including elected and appointed officials and volunteer resources
- Assist the City in identifying changes to public spaces that could be more welcoming to diverse populations
- Identify ways for the City to engage youth of color