The City invites you to become more involved in the city you live in by serving on the Planning Commission, Park Board or Economic Development Authority. There will be openings on each of these boards with terms starting on January 1, 2023. Applications are now being accepted for the seats until Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.
As Cold Spring continues to grow in both the residential and commercial areas, Planning Commission members have an important role in the decisions that need to be made for the City. Approval of plats, variances, lot subdivisions and consolidations, special use permits and zoning ordinances are a few of the issues that can come before the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission meets monthly, but also has additional meetings from time to time. There are two open positions at this time; one will expire on December 31, 2025 and one on December 31, 2026.
The Park Board meets on a quarterly basis, but also does occasionally create subcommittees to work on specific projects. The meetings tend to be very casual, and provide an opportunity to learn about exciting improvements with parks and parkland in our community. Applicants should have a strong interest in the City’s parks, open space and recreational amenities. The open position on the Park Board is a four-year term which will expire on December 31, 2026.
The EDA Board plays an important role in working to help businesses or other organizations succeed in Cold Spring. The minimum commitment required is attendance of monthly meetings. EDA terms are six years, but it is simple to appoint a replacement if a member cannot or wishes not to complete that lengthy term. The open position is a six-year term which will expire on December 31, 2028.
No experience is needed to participate on any of the boards, just a positive attitude and an interest in making beneficial decisions for improving our community. Members are paid $25 for their monthly or quarterly meetings. Too often qualified citizens are intimidated by the notion of seeking participation on such groups, but considering that it is the City’s objective to ensure all boards and commissions are representative of the public, we are looking for people of all walks of life.