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Posted on: March 23, 2021

City seeks volunteers to serve on advisory groups

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The City is seeking volunteers to serve on its advisory groups that assist and advise the City Council on topics that range from climate change and land use to utility-related policies. 

Most of the committee positions require a three-year term commitment. The workload varies for each committee - some meet monthly and others more frequently. Some committees may require advance reading to participate meaningfully in the discussion. 

“If you are passionate about an issue and you have experience or creative thinking that you believe you can contribute to the process, you can be a valuable resource to our community,” said Deb Rudnick who serves on the Climate Change Advisory Committee. “City staff and City Council can’t do it all themselves, especially when it comes to specific issues that need a depth and breadth of focus that might be beyond their bandwidth. Advisory committees can be extremely valuable in providing these resources to strengthen our policies and education on a variety of topics.” 

There are individual applications for each advisory group. The applications are available at bainbridgewa.gov/222. Paper copies can be made available upon request. 

 Applications are due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 21. Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted, and must be available in May for interviews. The terms begin July 1, 2021. 

 “Instead of complaining, it is much more worthwhile to get involved, learn, and help make improvements in our community,” said Andy Maron who serves as the Chair of the Utility Advisory Committee. 

 All City committees are currently meeting through Zoom to follow the “Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery” guidelines. 

 If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Executive Assistant Roz Lassoff at rlassoff@bainbridgewa.gov or 206-580-6735. 

 Below is information about the committee openings and some of the responsibilities: 

  • Climate Change Advisory Committee 
    • Meets the second Wednesday of every month 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
    • Members should have expertise in climate science, atmospheric science, engineering, energy management, water conservation, planning, policy, environmental law, economics, solid waste management, forestry, systems analysis and communications. 
    • The committee serves as a technical and planning advisory committee on issues related to climate change as directed by the City Council. The committee is also focused on the implementation of the Climate Action Plan, which was identified as the City Council’s top policy priority in the 2021 – 2022 Adopted Budget.

  • Cultural Funding Advisory Task Force (2021 commitment only) 
    • The task force develops funding recommendations for consideration by the City Council. 
    • In 2021, members will meet August-October to review project proposals for a two-year funding cycle. The award process typically involves member participation in 1-2 orientation meetings in August and September and 2-3 meetings in October and November to receive and review proposals. 
    • Members cannot currently serve as active board members or paid staff of organizations that will apply for cultural funding.

  • Design Review Board
    • Meets the first and Third Monday of the month 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
    • Members should have expertise in the following disciplines and/or groups: landscape architecture, urban design, public art committee or local artist, developers, at-large community member and at least two architects. 
    • The board serves as an advisory body to the Planning and Community Development Director, Hearing Examiner and Planning Commission, as applicable, regarding site plan and design reviews and conditional use permits.

  • Environmental Technical Advisory Committee 
    • Meets the third Thursday of the month 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
    • Members should have expertise in wildlife management, fisheries management, geology, wetlands management, hydrology, forestry and aquatic or terrestrial ecology. 
    • The committee provides technical recommendations on habitat management plans and environmental management standards for the Shoreline Master Program and critical areas.  

  • Ethics Board 
    • Meets the third Monday of every month 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
    • Members should represent a diverse set of backgrounds and interests.  At least one member of the Ethics Board should be a former judicial officer or have expertise in ethics acquired through education or experience. 
    • The Board reviews complaints alleging violations of the Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics.

  • Historic Preservation Commission 
    • Meets the first Thursday of every month 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
    • Members should have knowledge or expertise in identifying, evaluating and protecting historic resources and expertise in history, architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, historic preservation, planning, cultural anthropology, archaeology, biology, geography, cultural geography, American studies, law and real estate.  
    • The Commission advocates for the preservation of historically significant buildings, structures, sites, objects and districts.

  • Human Services Funding Advisory Task Force (2021 commitment only) 
    • The task force develops funding recommendations for consideration by the City Council. 
    • In 2021, members will meet August-October to review project proposals for a one-year funding cycle. The award process typically involves member participation in 1-2 orientation meetings in August and September, and then 2-3 meetings in October and November to receive and review proposals. 
    • Members cannot currently serve as active board members or paid staff of organizations that will apply for community services funding.

  •  Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (2021 commitment only) 
    • The committee reviews and comments on proposals for expenditures from the City's Lodging Tax Fund (Civic Improvement Fund). 
    • LTAC members meet August-October to review project proposals.  The award process typically involves member participation in 1-2 orientation meetings in August and September, and then 2-3 meetings in October and November to receive and review proposals. 
    • Members should include 2 people from Bainbridge Island businesses that collect lodging taxes and 2 people from businesses or agencies eligible to receive lodging tax funding. Members cannot currently serve as active board members or paid staff of organizations that will apply for lodging tax funding.

  • Planning Commission 
    • Meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
    • Members should have knowledge of land use and regulations. 
    • The Commission reviews and make recommendations on major land use applications and reviews and makes recommendations on land use regulations to the City Council.

  • Utility Advisory Committee  
    • Meets the second Wednesday of the month 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
    • Members should have knowledge or expertise in utility planning, construction, rate structures or related focus areas. 
    • The committee provides recommendations to the Council related to the City’s water, sanitary sewer and stormwater utility policies and utility rates, rate structures and other changes made to water, sanitary sewer and stormwater utility customers.

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