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City council approves application, policy for boards, commissions and committees


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City council approves application, policy for boards, commissions and committees

By SHAWN YORKS
Dalhart Texan

The Dalhart City Council on Aug. 22 adopted a policy for the appointment of volunteers who want to serve on a city board, commission or committee. It’s an effort to streamline the appointment process and utilize the talent among citizens of Dalhart and encourage new leadership for the future.

“We had put together a committee to kind of set some guidelines and policies on procedures and different things that the committee is asking for when it comes to serving on our boards,” said Mayor Justin Moore.

Council members Dwayne Smith, Parker Noel and Bryan Brewer were appointed to the committee.

The policy affects the following boards and commissions: Planning and Zoning, Building Code, Cemetery Board, Adjustments and Appeals, Airport Advisory Board, Electric Board, Lake Board, Plumbing Board and Economic Development Corporation.

The guidelines will provide “The ability to train and facilitate the boards with the necessary items for them to do their job,” Smith said.

The information will be included on the city’s Website, and if there’s a vacancy on any of the boards, it will be brought before city council for consideration each May and September and a call for volunteers will be published at the city manager’s office for 45 days.

Anybody interested un serving on one of the aforementioned boards must submit an application to the city secretary, and the mayor and council encourage residents to consider volunteering.

•In a related agenda item, the city council approved the application residents must submit to the city if they wish to volunteer on a board or commission.

“This is an application that’s going to be out to the public to get more involvement on the boards,” said council member Parker Noel. “If you look across all the boards, as you can see right now, it’s a lot of guys that are serving across many different things, trying to get more involvement from the community.”

The application will be available on the city Website and at city hall.

Smith said it’s a way to help develop a pool of individuals who are interested in serving.

“So we’ve designated in there that you might ask to be on one particular board or committee and we have the option to present it if we feel they’re qualified for another, if we have an opening,” Smith said. “It’s just a pool and that will enhance the boards themselves if they need to have a replacement.”

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