Applications for appointment to the new Natural Resources Board will be available after April 4. There are expected to be six positions available for appointment by the Board of Commissioners. In addition, applications will be available for appointment to any vacancies created on the Park and Recreation Board due to current members on the PRB who may be appointed to the Natural Resources Board.
The Natural Resources Board was formerly combined with the Park and Recreation Board. Due to the increasing activity in Natural Resources and Parks and Recreation, the Board of Commissioners adopted an Ordinance establishing a separate Natural Resources Board.
Application forms are being revised and are expected to be available after Friday, April 4. Persons applying for appointment to either Board will have an opportunity to appear before the Board of Commissioners at the Work Session (due to a conflict with meetings, the Work Session has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 22) or the Regular Meeting on Thursday, May 1. Meeting dates will be confirmed after the April 3 BOC Regular Meeting.
The Natural Resources Board will be an advisory body to recommend policies and procedures to conserve and manage natural resources in Lakeland. The Lakeland web page, http://www.lakelandtn.gov/, has information on activities in the Natural Resources areas as well as Park and Recreation activities.
Applications will be available at http://www.lakelandtn.gov/ or can by requested at CityHall@lakelandtn.org or by calling City Hall at 867-2717. Applications specific to each Board are being prepared and are expected to be available by Friday, April 4.
I encourage Lakeland residents with an interest (and especially training, experience or other background) in Natural Resources to apply for an appointment to the Natural Resources Board and residents with an interest in parks and recreation to apply for appointment to any resulting vacancies on the Park and Recreation Board.