Deadline set for boards, commissions applications

Published on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 23:20 - Written by Kelly Gooch, kgooch@tylerpaper.com

For residents who want to serve on a Tyler board or commission, now is the time to apply.

City Clerk Cassandra Brager said Aug. 8 is the application deadline to serve on boards and commissions, and the city council will make appointments on Aug. 27.

Boards and commissions are very important because they bring information to the city council so it can make decisions, Ms. Brager said.

“It’s just a way for the community to get involved and volunteer to try to make our city a better city,” she said. “Just getting involved is a plus. It’s a vital role.”

In a news release, Mayor Martin Heines called it, “a perfect way for citizens to plug in and get involved in shaping our community.”

Applicants who want to be on a board or commission are required to live inside Tyler city limits, should not have delinquent city taxes, city utilities or other city assessments and must not have claims pending against the city.

Ms. Brager said additional requirements may apply to some positions.

Boards and commissions include: Airport Advisory Board, Historical Preservation Board, Keep Tyler Beautiful Board, Library Board, Neighborhood Revitalization Board, One-Half Cent Sales Tax Board, Parks Board, Planning Commission, North East Texas Public Health District Board, Traffic Safety Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment, Civil Service Commission , Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals, Disabilities Issue Review Board, Health Facilities Development Corp. and Industrial Development Corp.

“Boards and commissions fulfill an important role in city government by evaluating issues which affect our community and making recommendations to the Council for needed action,” City Manager Mark McDaniel said. “It is important that we get vacancies on the boards filled.”

Ms. Brager said once all of the applications come in, she will go over them to ensure that everything is filled out correctly and then submit them to the city council for review and the appointment process.

She said current members of boards and commissions who want to be considered again must reapply, and those who are chosen for boards and commissions will serve a two-year term.

Residents may download an application online atwww.CityofTyler.org , pick up an application at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 212 N. Bonner Ave., or call the City Clerk at 903-531-1106 to receive an application via fax or mail.