Civic duty — Opportunities now available for those looking to join the communitys decision-making teams

Applications are now available for those wishing to participate in city committees and commissions. All positions begin Jan. 1 and expire Dec. 31, 2016.

The Planning Com­mis­sion has three openings. The Planning Commission hears requests for annexations, comprehensive plan changes, zone changes, conditional use permits, ap­peals, and other land use applications. Duties in­clude: hearings, make findings, and present to the Newberg City Council. For some types of applications, the Planning Commission makes the final decision.

Meetings are 7p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Additional meetings, typically held the fourth Thursday of the month, are occasionally required.

Applicants are required to live in the city limits. No more than one member of the commission may engage in buying, selling, or the development of real estate for profit. No more than two members shall have the same kind of occupation, business trade or profession.

Newberg’s Traffic Safety Commission also has three openings. The purpose of this commission is to promote traffic safety through investigation, study and analysis of traffic patterns. The commission makes decisions on the location of parking, crosswalks, safety zones, traffic lanes, truck routes, and all manner of traffic control devices throughout the community. Commission members also conduct and promote traffic safety programs. The Traffic Safety Commission meets on the second Monday of each month. Applicants must reside within the city limits

The Budget Committee has two openings. The city of Newberg Budget Com­mittee includes city council members and an equal number of non-council members whose main role is to review, analyze, and discuss the annual budget proposed by city staff. The committee provides input on where dollars go and which services benefit the community the most. The Budget Com­mittee meets between the months of January and June and whenever business warrants. Applicants must be registered voters who live within city limits.

The Citizens’ Rate Review Committee has two term openings. The committee meets bi-annually to discuss utility rates and as needed with special projects. The committee is made up of eight appointed citizens to analyze, review and discuss rates necessary to operate to use utility funds efficiently. The committee makes recommendations to City Council. Applicants must live within city limits and be a City of Newberg utility customer.

To apply for any open positions, stop by the City Recorder’s Office in City Hall or call 503-537-1283. Applications are also available at www.newbergoregon. gov/citycouncil/application-serve-committee. All applications are due 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4.

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