Monday, February 05, 2001

Wanted in Fairfield: Time and expertise


Board, commission posts open to civic-minded

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD — Want to volunteer? Fairfield needs your help.

        City Council is accepting applications from Fairfield residents for 17 to 19 positions on nine boards and commissions, beginning in April. The term length and time commitment for each position varies.

        Clerk of Council Dena Morsch said the positions are vital to the operation of Fairfield.

        “It's a way to give residents an opportunity to serve the community on a volunteer basis and it helps them to get to know the city by serving,” Ms. Morsch said.

        The openings, length of terms and/or qualifications are:

        • Planning Commission, two openings. Residents must live in the Second or Fourth wards. The term is four years.

        • Parks and Recreation Board, two openings. Residents must live in First or Fourth wards. The term is three years.

        • Civil Service Commission, one opening. Three-year term.

        • Board of Zoning Appeals, one opening. Five-year term.

        • Board of Building Appeals, one opening. Must be an attorney licensed to practice in Ohio. Four-year term.

        • Fair Housing Board, four openings. Three-year terms.

        • Community Reinvestment Housing Council, two vacancies. Will serve until March 31, 2002.

        • Community Forest Commission, one vacancy. Until March 31, 2002.

        • Ward Boundary Review Commission, three to five openings. The commission will disband after it studies the need to reapportion the city's four wards and report its findings and recommendations to City Council no later than one year after being appointed.

        Councilman Erick Cook said one of the goals of the city's strategic plan, which is being formed, is to involve the citizens more in the operation of city government.

        He said interviews will occur in the evening and take about 10 minutes.

        Citizens will be asked to talk about themselves and why they are interested in the position.

HOW TO APPLY

               Applications can be obtained at the Clerk of Council's office at the Fairfield Municipal Building, 5350 Pleasant Ave., or by calling 867-5383. The deadline for applications is March 5.

       



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