City seeks civic-minded citizens for volunteer posts

January 6, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 6, 2011

City leaders seek civic-minded citizens to serve on municipal boards and shape environmental and land-use decisions, guide the future of municipal parks, and foster relationships between Issaquah and the international community.

The city has openings on 11 boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents.

Candidates can pick up the application at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, during regular business hours.

Applicants must submit signed and completed applications and city forms by noon Jan. 31.

In the weeks ahead, city staffers contact applicants and schedule interviews for February.

Mayor Ava Frisinger reviews the applications in March and forwards recommendations to the City Council. The council has the responsibility to appoint board and commission members.

The council is scheduled to confirm the next round of appointees in April. Terms for board and commission members start in May.

The city has open positions on the following boards and commissions:

  • Arts Commission — Commissioners aim to increase awareness and enjoyment of performing and visual arts.
  • Cable TV Commission — Commissioners regulate and oversee the operation of the cable television system in Issaquah.
  • Cemetery Board — The board advises the city administration about management of the city-owned cemetery.
  • Development Commission — Commissioners review site-development and sign permits for large projects.
  • Human Services Commission — Commissioners advise the city administration about human services planning and funding.
  • Library Board — The board serves as a liaison between the city and the King County Library System.
  • Park Board — The board guides municipal parks and recreation planning, maintenance and programs.
  • Planning Policy Commission — Commissioners shape long-term land-use plans and review key growth documents.
  • River & Streams Board — The board works to protect, preserve and enhance water quality in city creeks and waterways.
  • Sister Cities Commission — Commissioners foster relationships among Issaquah and sister cities Chefchaouen, Morocco, and Sunndal, Norway.
  • Urban Village Development Commission — Commissioners oversee large-scale projects in the Issaquah Highlands and Talus urban villages.
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