Applicants in no rush to apply for positions open with the city


— The city has 25 positions coming up for grabs on its various boards and committees, but it has not received a single application from anyone other than incumbents.

On March 31, terms expire on nine of the city's boards and committees, including the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission.

The city has set Monday as the deadline for turning in applications. The City Council plans to interview applicants on March 18. With the exception of the Finance Advisory Committee, which has one open position, the council appoints all members.

The city has advertised the openings for more than two weeks.

City Clerk Julie Jordan said she has been notified by incumbents who want to remain in their position, but so far no applications have come in from people who have not previously served.

"We have a lot of interest in incumbents wanting to continue on in the process. These are good people wanting to stick with us. But we still have quite a few positions open," Jordan said.

Terms range from two to four years and meeting frequency ranges from twice a month to four times a year.

Three positions are opened on the city's two most demanding boards: the Planning Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission. Each board meets twice a month and makes recommendations to the council.

Dan Baker, Dick Curtis and Scott Myller's terms have expired on the Planning Commission. Peter Van de Carr, Melinda Sherman and Jim Chappell's terms have expired on the Parks and Recreation Commission.

"(The boards) are always very vocal and instrumental in providing information to the city," Jordan said.

The majority of the committees are used for advising the planning and parks and rec commissions.

The Historic Preservation Advisory Committee and Board of Adjustments review building plans. To be on the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, members must have background knowledge in history, archaeology or architecture.

The Spring Creek Advisory Committee, Trails and River Committee, and Ice Rink Advisory Committee advise the parks and recreation commission.

The city also wants to fill a new position on the Multi-Jurisdictional Housing Committee. Formed by the county and city this year, the steering committee will look into forming a multijurisdictional housing authority with the intent to provide affordable housing.

The city is also looking for someone to fill a spot on the Finance Advisory Committee, which is used once a year to review the city's investments. This position is appointed by the city manager .

Jordan said that committees are a great way to get involved in the community and new members are always welcomed.


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