December 4, 2018
Representatives are sought to Serve on Various City Committees
Applications are now being accepted for seven City of Santa Maria boards and commissions: The Block Grants Advisory Committee, Board of Appeals, Central Coast Commission - Area Agency on Aging, Landmark Committee, Measure U Citizens’ Oversight Committee, Planning Commission, and Recreation & Parks Commission until January 4, 2019. Appointments will likely be made at the January 15, 2019, City Council Meeting.
* BLOCK GRANTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (one vacancy to fill a term ending in July 2021) This 15-member committee assesses the community’s needs, conducts public workshops and hearings, reviews applications for funding, and makes recommendations to the City Council for the allocation of funds under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. Applicants should have an understanding of housing and community development needs and a knowledge of or background in providing human services to the community. The members are nominated by individual Councilmembers, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Meets the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Development Department.
* BOARD OF APPEALS (one vacancy to fill an unspecified term). The Board hears appeals to decisions of the City Building Official and makes recommendations regarding Uniform Building Code provisions. Seven members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council, including two special purposes members. One vacancy is open for a special purposes member. Special purpose members shall be physically handicapped as defined in Section 2.4117(I), Title 24, Part 2 of the California Administrative Code. Members may not be employees of the City of Santa Maria.
CENTRAL COAST COMMISSION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS, AREA AGENCY ON AGING (one vacancy to fill a two-year term ending in January 2021). The Board of Directors is responsible for the operations, including policy setting, allocations, and personnel for the Central Coast such as Area Agency on Aging, HICAP, and Senior Information & Referral program. This Board serves Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. The Board meets monthly, and its Board of Directors is elected by the Agency itself. The City Council nominates one member. Each member may serve no more than four consecutive terms.
LANDMARK COMMITTEE (one vacancy to fill a term ending in January 2021 and two vacancies to fill terms ending in 2022). This five-member Committee advises the City Council on preservation and designation of historical landmarks. Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Development Department.
* MEASURE U CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (two vacancies to fill terms ending in January 2023, and/or coterminous with nominating Councilmember’s term). The Oversight Committee ensures transparency and oversight of the revenue generated by and expenses made in relation to Measure U. Other funds generated independent of Measure U are outside the purview of the Oversight Committee. Oversight Committee duties consist of reviewing the annual independent financial audit (performed by an independent auditor on the Measure U generated revenue and expenses during the previous fiscal year) as well as review of any other City financial reports necessary to advise the City Council of its findings. The Oversight Committee’s findings are presented annually in a written report to the City Council during the first quarter of the calendar year. The written report is based on the previous fiscal year ending June 30th. Members must live within City limits and cannot be current City of Santa Maria employees, officials, contractors, or vendors of the City. Past employees, officials or vendors may be eligible to serve on the Committee, provided that no conflicts of interest exist. Meetings are held annually the fourth Monday of January.
*PLANNING COMMISSION (two vacancies to fill terms ending January 2023 and/or coterminous with nominating Councilmember’s term). This five-member Commission advises the City Council on planning matters and implements planning policies adopted by the City Council. Members must be a City resident. Members are nominated by individual Councilmembers, appointed by the Mayor, and confirmed by the City Council. Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., and study sessions are periodically held the Thursday following a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m.
*RECREATION AND PARKS COMMISSION (two vacancies to fill terms ending in 2023, and/or coterminous with nominating Councilmember’s term).
This five-member Commission advises the City Council on recreation and parks operations and activities. Must be a City resident. Members are nominated by individual Councilmembers, appointed by the Mayor, and confirmed by the City Council. Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.
Applications for these vacancies may be completed and submitted via email from the City’s webpage at http://www.cityofsantamaria.org/city-government/departments/boards-commissions or in-person at the office of the City Clerk, Santa Maria City Hall, 110 East Cook Street, Room 3. For more information, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 925-0951 extension 2305.