The Prosper Town Council is asking residents to volunteer for open seats on the town’s boards and commissions, as 19 positions among the five boards and commissions are in need of filling.
“Serving as a volunteer on boards and commissions is an impactful way that citizens can participate in the community’s decision-making process,” Town Secretary Robyn Battle said in a press release. “The Council encourages all eligible citizens to step forward and consider serving.”
Applications are being accepted until Friday, Aug. 2.
Boards and commissions advise the council on policy development and administration of services. Appointments are made each year by the council as members’ terms expire or as vacancies occur.
To be considered for an open position on the various town boards and commissions, individuals must fill out an application form and be willing to attend regularly-scheduled meetings; must agree to serve a full term; and meet certain eligibility requirements. Applicants must be residents of the town or its extraterritorial jurisdiction, and must have been so for at least one year at the time of application. Only registered voters are eligible to apply.
“Applicants may be asked to undergo a brief interview with the Town Council so that Council members can gauge the applicant’s suitability for specific positions,” Battle said.
Applications may be obtained from the town secretary at Town Hall, 200 S. Main, or electronically at www.prospertx.gov on the Boards and Commissions page under the Government tab. Applications will be reviewed and all applicants, including incumbents, will be considered for an interview. A meet and greet reception will occur on Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. to allow applicants to learn more about board service and interact with Council and staff members.
Among the boards and commissions seeking members are:
• The Board of Adjustment/Construction Board of Appeals, which is composed of five members and two alternates appointed by the Town Council. Members serve a two-year term. The board hears and determines appeals of administrative decisions; petitions for variances in the case of peculiar and unusual circumstances which would prevent the reasonable use of land; and such other matters as may be required by the Town Council or by Law.
• Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors is composed of seven members appointed by the Town Council. Members serve a three-year term. The board promotes broad-based business expansion, encourages sustainable job growth and makes recommendations to the council regarding funding priorities to assist new, prospective and existing businesses. Members meet the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at 130 N. Preston Road, Ste. 130. This body is under the direction of the Executive Director of the Prosper Economic Development Corporation.
• Library Board is composed of seven members appointed by the Town Council. Members serve a two-year term. The board serves in an advisory capacity in matters related to the services rendered by the library, encourages the development of library facilities, recommends library policies, and encourages the development and advancement of the public library. The board meets the third Thursday of the month at 6:15 p.m. at the Community Library.
• Parks & Recreation Board is composed of seven members appointed by the Town Council. Members serve a two-year term. The board encourages the development of parks and recreation programs and facilities; recommends the acquisition of additional parks, equipment and supplies; participates with the County and other entities to acquire grant funding; assists staff and Town Council in the planning process of facilities, program development and goals and objectives. It meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m., in Council Chambers and is under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Director.
• Planning & Zoning Commission is composed of seven commissioners appointed by the Town Council. Commissioners serve a two-year term. The commission, among other duties, reviews all current and proposed ordinances and amendments pertaining to planning and zoning and makes recommendations to the Town Council for action to be taken. It meets the first and third Tuesday of the month, at 6 p.m., in Council Chambers, and is under the direction of the Director of Development Services.
Appointments will be made in September, becoming effective on Oct. 1. More information can be obtained by calling the town secretary at (972) 569-1011 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.