City seeks applicants for panel openings

The city of Stillwater is accepting applications from city residents interested in serving on one of six committees, city officials announced this week.

Volunteers are sought to fill vacancies on Stillwater’s Charter, Downtown Parking, Heritage Preservation, Human Rights and Planning commissions and Traffic Safety Review Committee. Committee members are appointed by the City Council and the panels meet monthly. Applications are being taken for:

  • The Charter Commission. This group studies the city charter and government and recommends changes when appropriate. It’s nine members serve four-year terms and can serve more than one term. This committee meets the third Monday of the month, usually four times annually.
  • The Downtown Parking Commission. This committee develops and implements the city’s downtown parking plan. That includes long-range parking lot improvements and daily regulation of public parking places. This seven-member panel includes five downtown business or property owners and two residents from the broader community and meets at 8:30 a.m. the third Thursday of the month.
  • The Heritage Preservation Commission. This group works toward preservation of the city’s historical sites and structures. It’s a seven-member group serving three-year terms and commissioners are limited to three straight terms. This commission meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month.
  • The Human Rights Commission. This committee advises the council in ensuring equal opportunity in area protected by law for all citizens and other related concerns. The HRC is a seven-member committee appointed for three-year terms and meets at 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month.
  •  The Planning Commission. This panel is the city’s planning agency and consists of nine members serving three-year terms and limited to three straight terms. This group meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month.
  • The Traffic Safety Review Committee. This group reviews requests for modifications to traffic control signs, pedestrian safety and other traffic-related concerns. This 10-member committee consists of two members from Engineering-Public Works, two from the Stillwater Police Department and one member from the Stillwater Fire Department. Members serve three-year terms and cannot serve more than three straight terms. The TSRC meets the second Tuesday of the month at various times.

Criteria for evaluation includes, but is not limited to personal and professional experience related to a committee’s subject area, knowledge of community and city government and experience from similar appointments.

Application deadline is March 29. Visit or call 651-430-8800 for information. Applications are also available at City Hall.

City officials welcome residents to share their talents and perspectives by serving on an advisory board or commissioner. Citizen involvement improves the quality and responsiveness of public decision-making and offers a citizen the chance to get actively involved in city government.