City council members in Solana Beach are on the hunt for volunteers to fill sixteen vacant commission positions. The town has five separate citizen commissions, each with seven total seats, except for the Budget and Finance commission which is comprised of five. Volunteers on the commissions serve for a term of two years, commencing in January. Each commission meets one evening per month.
Volunteer members of each of the commissions act in an advisory capacity, formulating recommendations and presenting them to the City Council regarding the needs and concerns of the community.
To be considered for the positions, volunteers much be at least 18 years of age and reside in Solana Beach. The Budget and Finance and View Assessment commissions also require volunteers to be property owners within the city.
The five citizen commissions currently seeking volunteers are:
View Assessment – The View Assessment commission reviews applications for development and formulates recommendations based on a balance between city regulations and the effects the development will have on the views of surrounding property owners. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. every third Tuesday. Four volunteers are currently needed.
Budget and Finance – Members of the Budget and Finance commission review the city's preliminary budget, as well as revenues and expenditures. Volunteers are also review and recommend cost saving measures which can be taken be the city. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. every third Tuesday. Two volunteers are currently needed.
Public Safety – The Public Safety Citizen Commission is charged with making recommendations on crime prevention and traffic safety programs. Members must explore all aspects of these programs, including their creation, maintenance, operation and management. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. every second Tuesday. Three volunteers are currently needed.
Parks and Recreation – Parks and Recreations Commissioners are required to plan, organize and volunteer at special events put on by the City of Solana Beach. Commission members also review and advise on topics pertaining to the city's indoor and outdoor recreational areas and facilities. Meetings are held at 4:00 p.m. every second Thursday. Three volunteers are currently needed.
Public Arts Advisory – Citizens serving on the Public Arts Advisory Commission are responsible for promoting local arts, developing and implementing public arts programs and collaborating with various organizations and agencies to put on public art events. Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. every fourth Tuesday. Four members are currently needed.
For residents interested in volunteering for these open positions, interest forms can be picked up at the Solana Beach City Hall, or printed from the Citizen Commissions page of the city's website at cityofsolanabeach.org. More information can be obtained through Solana Beach's website or by calling the city at (858)720-2400.
Potential volunteers can submit applications until 5:30 p.m. on January 14th. City Council members will make the appointments for 2014 at their January 22nd meeting.
No previous experience is required, but those applying for volunteer positions are strongly encouraged to attend a commission meeting before submitting an interest form.