Every year the city of Dodge City accepts applications to fill positions on a number of advisory boards and commissions.
"The boards and commissions serve to make city government reflective of the attitudes and beliefs of its residents," said Jane Longmeyer, director of public information for the city.
Application forms, which are available at City Hall and online at www.dodgecity.org/index.aspx?nid=82, are due before noon Jan. 29.
The following boards and commissions have openings: Airport Advisory Board, Board of Zoning Appeals, Community Facilities Advisory Board, Dodge City Zoning Board, Golf Advisory Board, Historic Landmark Commission, Housing Authority Board, Library Board, Recycling Advisory Board, Shade Tree Commission, St. Mary of the Plains Advisory Committee and Santa Fe Trails Community Advisory Board.
There are currently no positions open on the Building Board of Appeals and the Park & Recreation Advisory Board, but applications from interested citizens will be accepted in the event of a vacancy during the year.
Applications for the Convention & Visitors Bureau will be accepted to fill positions in the hospitality, attraction and at-large categories.
Applications are available at City Hall, 806 N. Second Ave., or by calling 225-8100. Information about the boards and commissions, as well as an on-line application, can be viewed at www.dodgecity.org.
Completed applications should be sent to the city manager, PO Box 880, Dodge City or by e-mail to email@example.com. Questions regarding the boards/commissions can be directed to Longmeyer at 225-8100.
Appointments will be made at the Feb. 4 city commission meeting.
Here is a brief description of each board and their meeting schedule:
-The Airport Advisory Board makes recommendations to the city commissioners regarding future development plans, operational needs and promotional activities at the airport. The seven-member board is facilitated by Mike Klein, Dodge City Regional Airport manager.
-The Board of Zoning Appeals has the primary duty of granting relief from technical requirements of zoning regulations. The five-member board meets monthly as needed, facilitated by Dennis Veatch, Planning and Zoning.
-The Community Facilities Advisory Board, known as CFAB, was created to oversee the "Why Not Dodge?" projects. The committee consists of one county commissioner, one city commissioner, four at-large members from the community and the chairperson of the board of directors of the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation. The county administrator and the city administrator also meet with the committee as does the city's project development coordinator.
-The Zoning Board prepares, administers and enforces zoning and subdivision regulations for the city. The five-member board meets as needed on the third Tuesday of each month to conduct public hearings on changes to the zoning ordinance and plans for future growth of the community. Veatch serves as the staff representative.
- The Golf Advisory Board is responsible for developing and reviewing operational policies for the Mariah Hills golf course. The five-member board meets at 4 p.m. the 3rd Wednesday of each month, from March through October and every other month November through March. Paul Lewis, Parks and Recreation director, serves as staff representative.
Page 2 of 2 - -The Historic Landmark Commission recommends to the city commission local landmark designations following research regarding historical and architectural significance of each site. The commission also reviews proposed changes to properties listed on the local register to ensure historical integrity remains in place during renovations. The seven-member commission meets quarterly on the first Tuesday of the month. Veatch serves as staff representative.
-The Housing Authority Board is responsible for administration of public housing in the community. The five-member board meets at 5:30 p.m. monthly on the 3rd Tuesday.
-The Library Board is responsible for the sound fiscal management of the library, establishment of the philosophical direction of library services and programming and all legal and ethical aspects of the library's operation. The seven-member board meets at 4 p.m. the 4th Tuesday of every month. Cathy Reeves, director of the library, serves as staff liaison.
-The Recycling Advisory Board is responsible for development and monitoring of recycling and refuse programs, keeping up to date on legislation, organizing volunteer programs, monitoring city performance under Keep America Beautiful guidelines and making an annual report to the commission. The seven-member board meets at 5:15 p.m. every 4th Monday and is coordinated by Corey Keller, Parks and Recreation.
-The Shade Tree Commission is responsible for developing, updating and administering a plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks and other public areas. The seven-member commission meets at 4:30 p.m. the 3rd Thursday of every month. Lewis is staff representative.
- Saint Mary of the Plains Advisory Board provides advice and counsel to the commissioners concerning the support, operation and maintenance of the former St. Mary of the Plains college campus and facilities. The Five-member board meets at noon on the 3rd Thursday of the even months. Lewis is staff representative.
-The Santa Fe Trails Community Corrections Advisory Board consists of representatives from law enforcement, prosecution, the judiciary, education, corrections, ethnic minorities, social services and the general public.
- The Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board consists of members in three groups: hospitality, attractions and at-large.
Hospitality members are generally hotel/motel owners or restaurant owners.
Attractions, such as Boot Hill Museum, the Depot Theater Company, or Roundup Rodeo may nominate members.
"We have one opening in each category this year," said Jan Stevens, director of the CVB.
"We try to get a wide variety of people so we'll get a well-balanced set of perspectives and new ideas," she said.