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City manager recommends civically-engaged citizens apply for volunteer positions

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Wilsonville government has 13 open positions on volunteer boards and commissions.

For those hoping to influence their community beyond voting, the Wilsonville government has a host of volunteer positions available.

Currently, the city needs to fill 13 positions on the Planning Commission, Development Review Board, Budget Committee and

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. All spots on city boards and commissions are volunteer-based but vary in terms of the issues they address and the time commitment required. Applications are due Nov. 30 and the mayor interviews and appoints all applicants.

"The top reason (to apply) is you care about the community you live in and want to have a voice and role in how things are operated and run," City Manager Bryan Cosgrove said. "Understanding not everyone has time to do it, we 100% rely on volunteers to run the many things we do."

Planning Commission

Other than Wilsonville City Council, Cosgrove said the Planning Commission is the most labor-intensive volunteer body.

The commission provides input and recommendations on city policy and projects, and also serves as the city's Citizen Involvement Committee.

Cosgrove said this role requires frequent meetings as well as preparation outside of meetings.

"Ninety percent of what they do is policy related. Every area of city sewer, water, stormwater, transportatio [and] the built environment [is] funneled through the Planning Commission. They make final recommendations (to City Council)," Cosgrove said.

There is currently one spot available on the Planning Commission and members serve four-year terms.

Development Review Board

Whereas the Planning Commission considers policy and high-level planning, the city's two Development Review Boards review specific development projects.

Cosgrove said this committee requires less of a time commitment than the Planning Commission, but still more commitment than other city boards. Mayor Tim Knapp and Councilors Kristin Akervall and Joann Linville were members of the DRB before being elected. Unlike other city boards, the DRB makes final decisions. However, its decisions can be appealed to the City Council.

"Folks interested would be folks who care about what things look like, how projects impact neighborhoods. It's policy as well but (mainly) the actual implementation of our development code," Cosgrove said.

There are seven positions available on the two boards and members serve two-year terms.

Budget Committee

The city's Budget Committee consists of City Council members and five other residents. It only requires three to four meetings per year.

"It's not uncommon to get folks with accounting or finance backgrounds. That's not necessarily a qualification," Cosgrove said.

There are two open seats to this committee and members serve three-year terms.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

This board provides recommendations to the City Council regarding parks master planning and programming. There are three open seats on this board and members serve four-year terms.

"People that have an interest in parks and recreation and how parks are built, this would be a good match for them," Cosgrove said.

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