Volunteers sought for boards and commissions

July 8, 2015

Applications due by Aug. 7, appointees take office on Oct. 1

PROSPER (July 8, 2015) Prosper residents now have an opportunity to volunteer their time and lend their expertise as members of the Town’s various boards and commissions, says Town Secretary Robyn Battle.

“Serving on boards and commissions is a way for citizens to participate in the decision-making process,” she said. “Council members strongly encourage eligible citizens to step forward and consider serving.” Applications are being accepted until Friday, Aug. 7.

Members of boards and commissions advise the Council on policy development and administration of services. Appointments are made each year by the Council as members’ terms expire or as vacancies occur.

To be considered for one of the 19 open positions, individuals must fill out an application form and be willing to attend regularly scheduled meetings; must agree to serve a full term; and meet certain eligibility requirements. Applicants must be residents of the Town or its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, and must have been so for at least one year at the time of application. Only registered voters are eligible to apply.

“Some applicants may undergo a brief interview with the Town Council in order to gauge the applicant’s suitability for a position,” said Battle. A meet and greet reception for persons who have expressed an interest in serving will be held at Municipal Chambers on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Applications may be obtained from the Town Secretary at Town Hall, 121 W. Broadway, or electronically at www.prospertx.gov under the Government tab and Boards and Commissions page. Applicants who meet the appropriate criteria to apply for an open position may be contacted to schedule an interview with Council members.

Appointments will be made in September, becoming effective on Oct. 1. The boards and commissions seeking members include:

Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors
Composed of seven board members appointed by the Town Council, each board member serves a three-year term. The board promotes broad-based business expansion, encourages sustainable job growth, and makes recommendations to Council regarding funding priorities to assist new, prospective and existing businesses. Meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at 170 N. Preston Road, Ste. 50, and is under the direction of the Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation.

Library Board
Composed of seven board members appointed by the Town Council, each board member serves a two-year term. The board serves in an advisory capacity in matters related to the services rendered by the library, encourages the development of library facilities, recommends library policies, and encourages the development and advancement of the public library. The board meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Community Library at Reynolds Middle School.

Parks & Recreation Board
Composed of seven board members appointed by the Town Council, each board member serves a two-year term. The board elects a Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary whose terms of office are for one year. The board encourages the development of parks and recreation programs and facilities; recommends the acquisition of additional parks, equipment and supplies; participates with the County and other entities to acquire grant funding; assists staff and Town Council in the planning process of facilities, program development and goals and objectives. Meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m., in Municipal Chambers and is under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Manager.

Planning & Zoning Commission
Composed of seven commissioners appointed by the Town Council, each commissioner serves a two-year term. The commission, among other duties, reviews all current and proposed ordinances and amendments pertaining to planning and zoning and makes recommendations to the Town Council for action to be taken. Meets the first and third Tuesday of the month, at 6 p.m., in Municipal Chambers, and is under the direction of the Director of Development Services.

Board of Adjustment/Construction Board of Appeals
Composed of five board members and two alternates appointed by the Town Council, each board member serves a two-year term. The board hears and determines appeals of administrative decisions; petitions for variances in the case of peculiar and unusual circumstances which would prevent the reasonable use of land and such other matters as may be required by the Town Council or by Law. The Board meets as needed.

More information can be obtained by calling the Town Secretary at (972) 569-1011 or via e-mail at robyn_battle@prospertx.gov.
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