The city of Stephenville is calling on citizens to step up and take part in shaping the city’s future. The city council’s Nominations Committee will consider applications for positions held by city residents on various board and commissions on Nov. 10.
Positions on each of the city’s citizen advisory boards, including the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), board of adjustment, building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, dangerous building abatement, airport advisory, parks and recreation advisory, senior citizen advisory, western heritage and library advisory boards as well as the water conservation committee, are set to expire on Dec. 31.
In addition, City Secretary Cindy Stafford said five committees have vacancies, including the senior citizen and library advisory, dangerous building abatement board, water conservation committee, board of adjustment and the P&Z.
• P&Z is comprised of 10 citizen volunteers, each serving a two-year term and makes recommendations to the city council on comprehensive planning, zoning, subdivision plats, and other related land issues. P&Z meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall.
• The Senior Citizens Advisory Board is a five-member board that advises the council on policy matters affecting the city’s senior citizens program of the parks and recreation department.
• The Library Advisory Board is a seven-member board that advises the council on policy matters concerning the planning, acquisition, operation, and use of the city’s library and recommends policies on related programs.
• The Dangerous Buildings Abatement Board is a five member board that provides for the inspection of buildings within the city and assigns authority for declaring dangerous buildings a nuisance and also provides for an appeals process and defines related procedures.
• The Board of Adjustment is a five-member board with up to four alternate members. It is a quasi-judicial board which can make interpretations of the meaning and intent of the zoning ordinance and can grant special use permits for conditional uses in a zoning classification or variances to zoning ordinance requirements.
• The Water Conservation Committee is also a five-member board, which advises the council on policy matters concerning the city’s water conservation and works to minimize the adverse impacts of water supply shortage or other water supply emergency condition.
Applications and a description of the other boards can be found at the city’s Web site www.ci.stephenville.tx.us. Click on “city government” on the left side of the page and select “council, boards and commissions.” Applications can also be obtained at City Hall, located at 298 W. Washington Street, and can be returned to City Hall for consideration or e-mailed to the city secretary at CStafford@ci.stephenville.tx.us.