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City hopes recent increase in public involvement leads to more engagement in committees

PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - The Sandy boards and commissions advise and help inform the Sandy City Council on topics such as planning, parks and art. While many in Sandy regularly volunteer to help families in need and when seasonal drives come up on their calendars, the city of Sandy has often bemoaned a need for people to volunteer to serve on city commissions and advisory boards.

With the end of another year nearing, and multiple former commissioners and board members leaving their posts for a variety of reasons, the city is in need once again.

As of October, there are numerous open seats plus terms of filled seats set to expire on Dec. 31. There are three seats vacant and three seats' terms expiring on the Arts Commission, which will be seeking applicants in the near future but is on a pause at the moment; there are three seats terms' expiring on the Planning Commission, as well as three seats terms' expiring and one seat vacant on the Parks and Trails Advisory Board.

Though turnout for these application processes has been low in the past, Deputy City Manager Tyler Deems says the uptick in engagement the city has witnessed since March gives him hope.

"We've had a lot of public involvement recently," Deems said. "I'm hopeful we'll have a good applicant pool given that higher involvement."

The city is currently accepting applications for those interested in serving on the Parks and Trails Advisory Board and the Planning Commission until 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

Applications for those positions can be found online at www.ci.sandy.or.us/planning-commission-application-form and www.ci.sandy.or.us/parks-board-application-form.

Qualified applicants will be invited to be interviewed by a committee comprised of appropriate commission or board members and select members of the Sandy City Council.

"For our community to reach our greatest potential, engagement from our neighbors and local business owners is vital," Mayor Stan Pulliam said. "When our community's voice is heard, we get a better, more effective, and prosperous city for all of us."


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