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Posted on: September 1, 2022

Applicants needed for advisory boards; students encouraged to apply

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Joining an advisory commission is a great way to learn more about the community and develop leadership skills. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply as the City of Woodbury values people of all backgrounds and experiences.

The city is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the commissions. In some instances, incumbents are eligible for reappointment. In addition, pending City Council approval on Aug. 31, there are up to two openings on the Parks and Natural Resources Commission and Planning Commission for 1oth- and 11th-grade high school students who are Woodbury residents. If approved, student representatives will serve a one-year term, with the possibility of serving a second year as determined by the City Council.

The groups with vacancies in 2023 include:

  • Audit and Investment Commission (AIC) - 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 (EDC) - 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. 
  • South Washington County Telecommunications Commission (SWCTC) - The SWCTC is the cable television franchising authority for the cities of Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park and Grey Cloud Island Township. The SWCTC manages resources received from the cable operators on behalf of its member cities and township.
  • 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. 

Applications are available online for Woodbury residents who are interested in serving on any of these advisory boards, or you may call City Hall, 651-714-3500, to request an application. The deadline for returning completed applications is Friday, Oct. 14.  

The City Council will interview applicants on Saturday, Nov. 5. Criteria for evaluation include: personal and professional experience which may relate to the subject areas of the board or commission; knowledge of the community; an interest in learning more about the city government process; commitment to valuing diverse perspectives with respect to geographic location, gender, age, race, ability and experience; and experience from similar appointments. New appointees begin their terms in January.

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