Applications are being accepted for open positions on the Municipal Planning Commission, Design Review Commission, Board of Appeals, Park/Natural Resources Board and Economic Development Commission. Application forms are available at www.Lakelandtn.gov (under “employment") or by calling City Hall at 867-2717, stopping by City Hall or e-mailing CityHall@Lakelandtn.gov. (The web page is being updated with the open positions.)
What does a resident need to do to be appointed to one of the Boards or Commissions?
-The first step is to file an Volunteer Application. These are available as noted above.
-New this year, all applicants for the Boards and Commissions (except for the Municipal Planning Commission) will have the opportunity to visit with the Board of Commissions and discuss their qualifications for appointment. Members of the Municipal Planning Commission are appointed by the Mayor, so this procedure is not used for the Municipal Planning Commission.
Persons appointed to the Boards and Commissions play an important role in City government. Many decisions are final decisions, others are recommendations to the Board of Commissioners and recommendations by Boards and Commissions are always seriously considered by the Board of Commissioners.
Applicants for the Board of Adjustment, Park & Recreation/Natural Resources Board, Design Review Commission, and Economic Development Commission will have the opportunity to appear before the Board of Commissioners at the following meetings:
-Work Session, Monday, October 22, 2007
-Regular Meeting, Thursday, November 1, 2007
-Work Session, Monday, November 26, 2007
Applicants do not need to call ahead, but applicants who call at least a week before the meeting will be listed on the agenda as scheduled to speak.
We emphasize it is not required to appear before the Board of Commissioners.
If you are interested in a Board or Commission and wish to attend their meetings to get a better idea of what type of decisions they make, Regular Meetings of appointed Boards and Commissions are:
-Park and Recreation Board/Natural Resource Board meets the 2nd Monday of each month.
-Design Review Commission meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
-Municipal Planning Commission meets the third Monday of each month.
-The Board of Adjustment meets on the third Thursday of each month, but does not meet unless an appeal or other issues is to be decided.
-The Economic Development Commission meets the 4th Thursday of each month, but does not meet in November or December.
If you want to contribute to the Lakeland community, wish to make a difference or want to be involved in important aspects of our community, I recommend you consider applying for appointment to one of the appointed Boards or Commissions.
We are publishing ore detailed information on the Lakelandtn.gov web page as well as providing information on blogs and news releases.