City has 33 board, commission positions that need to be filled

January 5, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

City officials are looking to fill several positions on its boards and commissions.

“Through its boards and commissions, the city relies on its citizens’ passions, talent and experience to help positively shape this community,” Autumn Monahan, the city’s communications director, wrote in an e-mail. “Becoming a member is a great way to get involved in your local government while working on something that interests you.”

City officials need 33 volunteers to fill the positions on 12 commissions and boards. “Most members have some general experience — whether it’s through work, education or volunteering — in the subject covered by their board or commission,” Monahan wrote. “Although there are no set requirements for experience, some boards or commissions list desired professional backgrounds for service on that board or commission.”

To find out about a specific board or commission’s preferences, refer to the city’s application packet. Obtain packets on the city’s Web site or pick them up in person at the clerk’s office in City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Completed applications are due at 5 p.m. Jan. 23. Residents must completely fill out their application and sign it to be eligible for consideration.

Mayor Ava Frisinger will review applications in late January.

Different interview teams will conduct interviews of residents applying for open positions. Interviewing teams are generally made up of the board or commission chair, a city staff liaison and at least one other member. In addition, Frisinger may also sit in on the interviews as an observer, Monahan said.

Interviews are tentatively scheduled from Feb. 9-27. Appointments are made by Frisinger and are confirmed by the City Council in late April. New appointment terms begin in May.

Terms lengths are typically four years for members and two years for alternates, except for the Civil Service Commission, which has a six-year term, Monahan said.

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or Comment on this story at

How to apply

Go to and click on “Commissions and boards annual recruitment”

What they do

Arts Commission

Meets the second Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Enhances the quality of life for Issaquah citizens by encouraging works of art in the community in order to further public enjoyment and awareness of the visual and performing arts.

Building Board of Appeals

Meets on demand.

Settles differences of opinion relating to requirements and interpretations of the Uniform Building Code.

Cable TV Commission

Meets the fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Regulates and oversees the operations of the cable television system in Issaquah to ensure quality service to residents.

Cemetery Board

Meets the first Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Advises the mayor in connection with the management and control of the city-owned cemetery, including perpetual care, improvements and expansion.

Development Commission

Meets the first and third Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Reviews site development permits, sign permits and other land-use actions requiring a public hearing.

Human Services Commission

Meets the fourth Wednesday at   7 p.m.

Advises the mayor and City Council about matters concerning human services planning and funding. Examines issues and concerns regarding human services in the area to ensure that the basic survival needs of residents are met.

Library Board

Meets once a month, six times per year

Acts as a liaison between city officials and King County Library System officials and advocates on behalf of the library.

Park Board

Meets the fourth Monday at 7 p.m.

Provides guidance and direction in meeting parks and recreational needs of residents by advising the mayor and the parks and recreation director

Planning Policy Commission

Meets the second and fourth Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Provides guidance and direction for Issaquah’s future growth through continued review and improvement of the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and related land-use documents.

River and Streams Board

Meets the first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Serves to protect, preserve and enhance water quality and quality of life for animals that depend on Issaquah’s waterways.

Sister Cities Commission

Meets the second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Serves to increase the knowledge, goodwill and understanding of the world through people-to-people diplomacy, education, cultural exchanges and humanitarian assistance.

Urban Village Development Commission

Meets the first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Reviews initial development standards, initial design guidelines and conducts planning review of specified land use action within the projects for conformance with policies, goals and objectives in the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

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