The city has five boards and commissions:
Planning & Zoning: five people, three-year terms. Two of the five people have been in place for 16 and 14 years.
Design Review Committee: five people, four-year terms. Two of the five people have been in place for 24 and 22 years.
Civil Service Commission: three people, six-year terms. One person with 32 years service.
Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Board: six people, five-year terms. Three people have been in place for 17, 13 and 11 years.
Income Tax Review Board: three people, three-year terms. No one has more than two terms.
There are two people on the Cardinal Joint Fire District, but this is not a city commission.
These commissions normally meet once a month. Members are paid $35 for the meeting with one meeting a month maximum paid. The Civil Service and Income Tax Review Board usually meet as needed.
Why are there so many people with such extended times in these positions? How do people get appointed to these positions? In some cases, special qualifications may be necessary, such as in the Civil Service Commission. But, it appears that the remainder are "good old boy" appointments by City Council.
Candidates are not solicited nor is there any public notice that there is a vacancy coming up. The process is closely held by council.
But, at the end of 2012, there are six people reaching the end of their current term. Planning & Zoning has two people, Design Review Committee has two people,
Parks, Recreation & Cemetery has one person and Income Tax Review Board has one person.
Now is the time for persons interested in one of these openings to submit a letter to Clerk of Council. Let's bring new people with fresh ideas and enthusiasm into the city's administration.
Frank A. Micchia