City seeking applicants for boards, committees

Dec. 23, 2013 @ 04:27 PM

The City of Durham is seeking interested citizens to serve on the Durham Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission, Durham City-County Appearance Commission, Durham Open Space & Trails Commission, Durham Performing Arts Center Oversight Committee, Durham Planning Commission, Equal Business Opportunity Program Advisory Committee, Firefighter’s Relief Fund Board of Trustees, and the Workforce Development Board.   

-- Durham Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission, one vacancy to represent the category of NCCU Liaison. The commission advises the City Council and the Board of County Commissioners on questions relating to bicycle and pedestrian issues. It meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the Committee Room at City Hall.

-- Durham City-County Appearance Commission, one vacancy. The commission works to enhance and improve the visual quality and aesthetic character of Durham city and county.  The Board meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room B on the Ground Floor of City Hall. 

-- Durham Open Space & Trails Commission, one vacancy representing At-Large. The commission advises the City Council and Board of County Commissioners on matters relating to open space preservation and trail development. It meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Committee Room/2nd Floor/City Hall. 

-- Durham Performing Arts Center Oversight Committee, three vacancies representing community relations, arts & culture and facility management. The committee monitors the implementation of the operating agreement for the Durham Performing Arts Center with the operator, PFM/Nederlander. It meets quarterly on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Venable Business Center at 302 E. Pettigrew Street. 

-- Durham Planning Commission, one (1) vacancy. The commission reviews recommended plans, policies and reports of the professional planning staff and makes recommendations concerning them to the governing bodies on planning policy and planning implementation actions, including rezoning and zoning ordinance changes. It

meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall.

-- Equal Business Opportunity Program Advisory Committee, three (3) vacancies for one Non-SDBE construction firm owner, one SDBE construction firm owner and one SDBE non-professional services firm owner. The committee reviews and evaluates the effectiveness of the EBOP within Durham City government and monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of the City’s EBOP policies and procedures, resolutions and ordinances, among other duties. It meets on the second Wednesday of each month at noon in the Equal Opportunity/Equity Assurance Department at 211 Rigsbee Avenue. 

-- Firefighter’s Relief Fund Board of Trustees, two vacancies. The board governs the disbursement of operating funds which are acquired through taxes paid by insurance companies.

-- Workforce Development Board, one vacancy representing private sector (for-profit or non-profit). The board advises the Durham County Workforce Investment Act Program administered by the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development. It meets the fourth Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November at 8:30 a.m.

Members of these boards, committees and commissions serve without compensation. Applications may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office on the second floor of City Hall, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,  or from the City’s website at www.durhamnc.gov.  Click on City Departments/City Clerk and then Boards, Committees and Commissions.  

Deadline for receiving applications is 5 p.m. Jan. 10 for the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission, the Open Space & Trails Commission, the Equal Business Opportunity Program Advisory Committee, the Workforce Development Board and the

Firefighter’s Relief Fund Board of Trustees; and 5 p.m. Jan. 27 for City-County Appearance Commission, Durham Performing Arts Center Oversight Committee and the Planning Commission.