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Posted on: September 9, 2022

PRESS RELEASE: Volunteers Needed for City Boards

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CITY BOARDS

The following appointed City boards, committees, and commissions may have position(s) eligible for reappointment or new appointment.  Applications for Appointment are available online at www.cityofbrookings-sd.gov , or at the City Administrative Office, City & County Government Center, 520 3rd Street, Suite 230, or by calling (605) 692-6281. Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office not later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, September 23, 2022.

 

Board of Appeals

Number of positions:            1

Term Length:                        5 years 

Residency Requirement:     Not required

Purpose:  The function of the Board of Appeals is to hear and decide on appeals or orders, decisions, or determinations made by the city building officials relative to the application and interpretation of the Building Code, and to determine the suitability of alternate materials and methods for construction.  All members of the Board must be qualified by training and experience to pass upon the matters pertaining to building construction.

 

Brookings Disability Awareness Committee

Number of positions:            2

Term Length:                        3 years 

Residency Requirement:     Required for majority

Purpose:  The Brookings Disability Awareness Committee strives to advocate for the rights of people who have disabilities in our community.  Throughout the year, specific events are held to bring awareness and information to our citizens.  Technical assistance is provided to the business community, private individuals, governmental entities and nonprofit organizations.  This is a service not provided by any other entity in Brookings.  The goals of this service are to improve the quality of life for people who have disabilities through enhancing the knowledge base of entities in the community; and to further serve as a community-based advocacy group enhancing the ability of local entities to comply with Federal Civil Rights legislation.

 

Business Improvement District #1

Number of positions:            2

Term Length:                        3 years

Residency Requirement:     Not required

Purpose:  The Business Improvement District #1 Board is responsible to prepare a plan of improvements for a district and provide improvement recommendations to the City Council.  The boundaries of Business Impr0vement District #1 are defined as non-contiguous properties to include all hotels / motels with 25 or more rooms situated within the corporate limits of the City of Brookings.

 

Historic Preservation Commission

Number of positions:            2          

Term Length:                        3 years

Residency Requirement:     Required for majority

Purpose:  The purpose of the Historic Preservation Commission is to allow the city to engage in a comprehensive program of historic preservation to promote the inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of the citizens of Brookings through identification, documentation, preservation, promotion, and development of the city’s historic resources.

 

Human Rights Commission

Number of positions:            5          

Term Length:                        3 years

Residency Requirement:     Not required

Purpose:  The mission of the Brookings Human Rights Commission (BHRC) is to improve human relations in the Brookings area by fighting discrimination through education and a complaint resolution procedure.  The Commission seeks to protect the rights of and prevent and eliminate bias and discrimination against individuals or groups because of their sex, race, color, creed, religion, ancestry disability, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identify, or political affiliation, with respect to employment, labor union membership, housing accommodations, property rights, education, public accommodations or public services.  The Commission promotes educational activities to make Brookings an inclusive and welcoming community.

 

Library Board

Number of positions:            2          

Term Length:                        3 years

Residency Requirement:     Required for majority

Purpose:  The Library Board is responsible for the appointment of the Librarian, the conduct of business and development of policies for the Brookings Public Library materials, the governance of the library and the use of the public library services and materials. 

 

Planning Commission

Number of positions:           4

Term Length:                        5 years

Residency Requirement:    Required

Purpose:  The City Planning Commission is responsible for the City’s Comprehensive Plan for the physical development of the City, including areas outside the boundaries of the City and within the planning jurisdiction.

 

Public Arts Commission

Number of positions:           2

Term Length:                        3 years

Residency Requirement:    Required for Majority

Purpose:  Public art enhances the built environment of a city and enriches the lives of its citizens. A dedicated funding source for an established program of public art enhances the reputation of a city and serves as a vehicle for attracting new businesses and citizens. A public art program encourages a community’s artists and citizens to engage in creative activities and artistic development. A public arts commission can develop and implement a unified public art strategy for a community.

 

Sustainability Council

Number of positions:            3

Term Length:                        3 years

Residency Requirement:     Required for Majority 

Purpose:  The purpose of the Sustainability Council is to investigate, propose, educate, communicate, and advocate investment strategies and policies that will improve our future qualities of life while still meeting the needs of the present. 

 

Swiftel Center Advisory Committee

Number of positions:            2

Term Length:                        3 years

Residency Requirement:     Not required 

Purpose:  The Swiftel Center Advisory Committee shall act only in an advisory capacity to the City Council; however, it shall, in particular, advise the City concerning marketing, operational issues, and management of the Swiftel Center, and in particular, shall advise and assist the City in the performance of contracts between the City of Brookings and County of Brookings, and between the City of Brookings and the firm managing the Swiftel Center and which concern the Swiftel Center.

 

Traffic Safety Committee

Number of positions:            3

Term Length:                        3 years

Residency Requirement:     Required for majority 

Purpose:  The Traffic Safety Committee will develop and implement coordinated traffic safety programs that meet local needs; acting in an advisory capacity to the City Manager, City Engineer, and the City Council, as a whole in the coordination of traffic safety activities of the official agencies and departments of the City; establishing safety priorities for the City; reviewing and approving project applications for funding; serving in a liaison capacity between the City f Brookings and the SD Highway Safety Program in developing the State Highway Safety Program and in meeting the National Highway Safety Program Standards; promoting public acceptance of official programs proposed or instigated by the City; fostering public kno0wledge and support of traffic law enforcement and traffic engineering programs; cooperating with city schools in promoting educational traffic safety aids; educating the public in traffic safety; and generally aiding the overall reduction of traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths on the city streets.

 

Applications for Appointment are available online at www.cityofbrookings-sd.gov , or at the City Admin Office, City & County Government Center, 520 3rd Street, Suite 230, or by calling (605) 692-6281. Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office not later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, September 23, 2022.

 

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