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Apply for a citizen advisory board for 2020

planning commissionApplications are being accepted through Wednesday, Oct. 16, for openings on Woodbury advisory commissions. Citizens appointed to these groups serve on a volunteer basis. The term is for three years in most instances.

Joining an advisory commission is a great way to learn more about the community and develop leadership skills. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The city is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the commissions. In some instances, incumbents are eligible for reappointment. In addition, there are up to two openings on the Parks and Natural Resources Commission and Planning Commission for 11th- and 12th-grade high school students who are Woodbury residents. The term for students is for one year.

The groups with vacancies in 2020 include:

Audit and Investment Commission: The commission assists the City Council in reviewing the city's financial affairs. Responsibilities include recommending the appointment of the independent auditors and reviewing: the city's annual financial information, annual audit report and management letter, the adequacy and effectiveness of accounting and financial controls, and the city's investment policy and portfolio. The AIC generally meets three times per year.

Economic Development Commission: The EDC is responsible for developing a strategic plan, including long-range strategies for economic development for the city. The commissioners recommend economic development policies and programs to the City Council and work with the city's economic development consultant, City Council and staff in promoting the city, attracting economic growth and development, and retaining businesses in the community.

Parks and Natural Resources Commission: The commission is responsible for advising the City Council and other advisory commissions regarding matters relevant to parks, natural resources, and recreation. The commission encourages the conservation and preservation of natural resources in order to achieve a more sustainable community. The commission also encourages the dissemination of information to, and coordination with, individuals and organizations interested in parks, natural resources and recreation functions such as garden clubs, civic organizations, other communities and other groups providing recreation programming in the city such as athletic groups.

Planning Commission: The Planning Commission is responsible for all questions relating to planning, zoning and sign regulations. It reviews all applications for development and recommends approval or denial based on conformance with the comprehensive plan and zoning regulations.

Watershed District: Watershed districts are special purpose local units of government with taxing and limited regulatory authority. A district is responsible for managing the water resources within its watershed. The boundaries of a district follow the natural boundary of a watershed; therefore, districts typically include multiple cities and/or townships within their jurisdiction. There are three watershed districts within Woodbury. The city makes recommendations for candidates to serve on watershed district boards, but the actual appointments are made by Washington County. Interested candidates will be considered for the district in which they live.

Woodbury residents who are interested in serving on any of these advisory boards may call City Hall, 651-714-3500 to request an application. Applications also are available online. The deadline for returning completed applications is Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The City Council will interview applicants on Saturday, Nov. 2. Criteria for evaluation include: personal and professional experience which may relate to the subject areas of the board or commission; knowledge of the community; knowledge of city government process; contribution to creating or maintaining a diversity of membership with respect to geographic location, gender, age or race; experience from similar appointments. New appointees begin their terms in January 2020.