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Town Managers Seeks Applicants to Fill Vacancies on Watertown Boards, Commissions

Several openings are available for town residents interested in serving on a Watertown board.

The following information was provided by the Watertown Town Manager's Office:

Town Manager Michael J. Driscoll is seeking Watertown citizens interested in serving on the following Town Boards, Commissions and Committees with appointment dates in February 2013 in accordance with Ordinance # 2007-46, an Ordinance on the Timing and Process of Appointments to Town Boards, Commissions and Committees. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest accompanied by a resume or other information concerning background or experience by email to townmgr@watertown-ma.gov or Town Manager's Office, 149 Main Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.

See the following vacancies on the boards and the term length below:

Board of Health

One Member, Three Year Term.

Description: Provide for fulfillment of its duties under M.G.L. 111:5, 26-33 and other sections including enforcement of the state Sanitary and Environmental Codes, reporting diseases dangerous to the public health, and enforcement of other applicable state and local laws and regulations. The Board of Health determines the health needs of the community (and the health services available to the community) in terms of the size and characteristics of the population, specific health problems, and environmental conditions.Candidates should have background in public health, medical or related field. Board meets once a month.

Board of Appeals

Two Full Member, Five Year Term. One to fill expired term.

Description: Board of Appeals grants all special permits and variances needed for certain construction and development projects. Candidates should have knowledge of M.G.L. Chapter 40A, the Zoning Act, as well as architecture, engineering, landscape design, construction, planning, law, or related field. Board meets once a month, usually the last Wednesday of each month; special meetings, as required.

Planning Board

Two Members, Three Year Term.

Description: Planning Board makes recommendations on all special permits, variances, site plan reviews, and Zoning Ordinances-Map amendments. Conducts other land-use planning studies as needed. Candidates should have background in architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, land-use planning, construction, or any related fields. Board meets second Wednesday of each month. One current member holding the position wishes to serve another term.

Conservation Commission

Two Members, Three Year Term.

Description: Conservation Commission actson all petitions relating to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 8C, the Wetlands Ordinance, and other matters relating to the conservation protection and enhancement of watershed, open space, passive recreational, and natural resource areas. Candidates should have background or knowledge of environmental science, landscape design, horticulture or related field. Commission meets first Wednesday of each month. Two current members holding the position wishes to serve another term.

Licensing Board

One Full Member (Democrat), Three Year Term and One Alternate Member Any Party), Three Year Term.

Description: Licensing Board members vote on all licenses issued by the Town. Candidates should have background in law, business or related field. In order to be in compliance with General Law C.138, Section 4, this Licensing Board appointee may be registered voter of Any Party for a minimum of two years. Hearings are held the third Thursday of each month. Two members holding the position wishes to serve another term.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee

Six Members, Three Year Term. Three to fill expired terms.

Description: The Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee works to promote non-motorized transportation in Watertown. The primary activities of the Committee are advocacy for the interests of bicyclists and pedestrians in road construction projects; sponsorship and organization of special bicycling events; administration of the Safe Routes to School program in Watertown elementary schools;advocacy for improved bicycle parking facilities; promotion of commuting alternatives; and providing relevant materials, both on-line and printed, for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists.Committee meets the 1st Monday of each month. Three current members holding the position wishes to serve another term.

William Lingquist January 21, 2013 at 02:37 PM
You must have the following qualifications: Be a YES person. You must do what Driscoll wants regardless of what you might think.
GB January 21, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee -- Seems they have already wasted enuff money on bicycle paths that rarely, if ever get used when more cross walks for elderly and other pedestrians could have neen installed to cut down on jay walking. Do we have towait for someone to get hit before putting in cross walks?
Paul Fahey January 21, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Absolutely not true. I was never asked when interviews nor given directions since serving. Nice try.

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