The City of New Brighton is seeking volunteers who are interested in becoming more involved in their community by serving on one of the City’s four Municipal Advisory Commissions.
New Brighton’s commissions serve as a bridge between the community and local government. They bring community issues to the attention of local government officials, help solicit citizen input and bring a diverse body of citizens together to study issues and make recommendations to the City Council. Serving on an advisory commission requires more in-depth involvement than other forms of public participation; however, it allows appointed community volunteers to participate more directly in public processes and to work with staff and other commissioners to help shape proposals early in their development. Typically, commissioners can expect to:
- Attend and participate in monthly meetings
- Learn about topics and issues by reviewing preparatory materials provided by City staff and by attending orientation and offered trainings
- Provide feedback and recommendations, bringing diverse perspectives to the table
- Facilitate outreach by listening to and incorporating feedback from constituents
Generally, Commission applicants must be residents of New Brighton. However, membership of the Economic Development Commission (EDC) is 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. People of all occupations and experiences are highly encouraged to apply. The City Council is interested in having its commissions made up of volunteers who offer a layperson perspective as well as volunteers who have technical skills or experience.
Individuals interested in volunteering to serve on a city commission should submit a cover letter, resume and application, indicating which commission(s) most interest them.
- The Parks, Recreation, and Environmental Commission (PREC) advises on the proper use and care of the parks and natural environment, and on policies covering recreation;
- The Economic Development Commission (EDC) advises on matters concerning industrial and commercial development in the City;
- The Planning Commission advises on all land use planning matters; and
- The Public Safety Commission advises on the goals, policies, and operation of public safety functions and human rights issues.
To be considered for appointment, application materials should be submitted to City Clerk Terri Spangrud; New Brighton City Hall; 803 Old Hwy 8 NW; New Brighton by February 5, 2019. The City Council will be interviewing applicants at their regularly scheduled worksessions in late February and early March and formalizing appointments on or before their March 26, 2019 business meeting as new terms begin April 1, 2019. Additional information and applications are available here or by stopping by or calling New Brighton City Hall at 651-638-2100 during regular business hours.