The City Clerk is accepting applications for the following boards and commissions. Applications must be in the City Clerk’s Office, 2nd Floor of City Hall, 701 E. Broadway, by 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 6, 2017. Applicants can either complete and submit the online application to the City Clerk directly from the internet or can complete the PDF format online and then print, sign, and submit it by mail to the City Clerk’s office for processing.
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT: 1 vacancy with term to expire November 1, 2022. An alternate member to serve in the absence of a regular member is needed. Must be a resident of the City of Columbia. The Board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the zoning, planning and subdividing ordinances. Monthly meetings held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
CITIZENS POLICE REVIEW BOARD: 3 vacancies with terms to expire November 1, 2020. Members must be residents of Columbia and registered voters, and cannot be employed by the City, be a party to any pending litigation against the City, be an elected public office holder, or be a candidate for elected public office. Members should also reflect the cultural and racial diversity of Columbia and have no serious criminal record. A criminal history of all applicants of this Board will be conducted and the City Council will be advised of any convictions for violations of federal, state or local law. The Board reviews appeals from the police chief’s decisions on alleged police misconduct, hosts public meetings and educational programs for residents and police officers, and reviews and makes recommendations on police policies, procedures and training. Monthly meetings held on second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
COLUMBIA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION: 3 vacancies with terms to expire November 1, 2020. One member each is needed from Ward 1, Ward 5, and Ward 6. All must be a qualified voters of the City and shall not serve on the board of directors or be employed by any agency which applies for funding through the Commission or which receives funding upon recommendation of the Commission. The Commission acts in an advisory capacity in all matters pertaining to community development. Monthly meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
COMMISSION ON CULTURAL AFFAIRS: 4 vacancies with terms to expire October 31, 2020. Two must have significant knowledge and a demonstrated interest in one or more areas of the arts, including music, dance, literature, visual arts, theater, folk arts, media arts, design and arts education, one shall be from the business and professional community within the special business district, and one shall be a lay person with no specialized knowledge in the arts. At least two must be residents and qualified voters of the City. Members shall not serve on the board of directors or be employed by any agency which applies for funding through the Commission or which receives funding upon recommendation of the Commission. The Commission advises the Council in all matters pertaining to the arts and cultural environment of the City. Monthly meetings held on the second Monday of the month at 4:15 p.m.
PERSONNEL ADVISORY BOARD: 2 vacancies with terms to expire September 30, 2020. Both must be residents and registered qualified voters of the City, and shall have significant, substantive knowledge of social, legislative, political, and administrative factors affecting personnel management and employee relations. In addition, members must not hold a lucrative position in City government nor any other lucrative public office during their term. The Board advises the Council on its findings, opinions, various conclusions and recommendations on the status of the personnel system. Meetings held on call.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE ADVISORY COMMISSION: 3 vacancies with terms to expire October 31, 2020. One must be a healthcare professional, and one must be under the age of twenty-five (25). All must have demonstrated an interest in and concern for substance and alcohol abuse problems in the community. The Commission promotes coordination of programs intended to prevent and eliminate alcohol and substance abuse. Monthly meetings held on the second Wednesday of the month at 12:00 p.m.
TAX INCREMENT FINANCING COMMISSION: 1 vacancy with term to expire September 1, 2019. The Commission serves as an advisory body to the Council as it relates to the consideration of tax increment financing proposals submitted by interested parties or initiated by any public agency in accordance with the Real Property Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act. Meetings held on call. (Mayor’s Appointment with the consent of City Council)