Florence seeks community input on city committees


Apply by Dec. 31, 2019

Dec. 24, 2019 — The City of Florence needs people. There are a number of committees and commissions which have unfilled openings that will close on Dec. 31. This is an opportunity for individuals interested in a particular area to join one or more of the consulting and advisory groups whose work is essential to the smooth operation of the city. Committee members can greatly influence the policies of the city and its future direction.

“Members of boards and commissions provide a valuable service to our city,” said City Recorder Kelli Weese. “Over the years, the services and programs provided by the city have expanded. Boards and Commissions provide much needed volunteer time to keep many of our functioning at a level that would be impossible without their service.”

The committees that report to the city have a surprising degree of influence on the recommendations and direction provided to the Florence City Council and to city staff. Two recent examples of this influence can be seen in the update for residential building codes and the selection of the “Stitching Time, Weaving Cultures” mural.

In both these cases, the individual members of the Planning Commission and the Public Art Committee made suggestions and recommendations that were incorporated into the final selections approved by Florence City Council. Committee members in both cases were fundamental to the process.

Weese coordinates the staffing of the various committees and commissions that operate under city auspices, and she encourages anyone interested in contributing to the growth of Florence to investigate the options available at this time.

“Serving on a board or commission can be a rewarding experience for community service minded residents,” she said. “It is an excellent way to participate in the functioning of local government and to make a personal contribution to the improvement of our community.”

Weese suggests residents consider which committee would be of interest to them and then view the responsibilities of members of that committee and perhaps attend a meeting to see if it fits with their interests.

The following committees and commissions are currently filling vacancies for varying term lengths, with positions set to begin Feb. 1, 2020. 

  • Planning Commission — ​two open positions
  • Budget Committee — one open position
  • Community & Economic Development Committee — up to five open positions
  • Environmental Management Advisory Committee — up to five open positions
  • Public Arts Committee — up to seven open positions
  • Florence Urban Renewal Agency (FURA) — one open position

The deadline for most applications is Dec. 31, with the exception of the FURA position which is open until Jan. 13. For more information about the various committees, contact Weese at 541-997-4106 or [email protected]

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