SIKESTON - Sikeston city officials are looking for a few good men - and women - to fill appointments on city boards and commissions.
"Volunteers are the heart and soul of any community," said Mayor Phil Boyer. "Sikeston has over 121 individuals currently volunteering their time, talents and expertise to address municipal issues. They actively participate in the decision-making process by providing input on any number of projects ranging from identifying possible locations for a new DPS headquarters to recommending future park improvements to establishing general policy for the library."
In the coming months, council members will fill 36 positions on Sikeston's various boards and commissions. "The council and I are continually seeking qualified applicants for our boards and commissions," Boyer said. "In September we will be making 15 new appointments and considering 21 reappointments."
Residents interested in being considered for any of the positions should submit a Citizens Resource Bank Application. Application forms are available at City Hall, the Sikeston Library, the Sikeston Housing Authority, and at local banks. Applications should be returned to Sikeston City Hall, Attn: Dept. of Governmental Services, 105 E. Center Street; or by fax to 471-1526. Applications can also be filled out online at www.sikeston.org.
Applications are accepted all year long, but those who wish to be considered for the September appointments need to have them in by Aug. 31.
Upcoming appointments will be made to:
* Board of Adjustments, five-year term, meets at 4 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month to consider variance requests;
* BOCA Board of Appeals, three-year term, meets as needed to hear citizen requests for modification of building standards or requirements;
* Board of Municipal Utilities Board of Commissioners, four-year term, meets second Tuesday of each month to oversee general operations of the Board of Municipal Utilities;
* Housing Authority Commission, four-year term, meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month to oversee general operations of the Sikeston Housing Authority;
* Library Board of Trustees, three-year term, meets at 4 p.m. on the first Monday of each month to develop library policy and to oversee the general operations of the library;
* Park Board, three-year term, meets at 5:15 p.m. on the second Monday of each month to advise the council on park improvements and policies;
* Planning and Zoning Commission, four-year term, meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month to advise the council on zoning requests, subdivision review and other issues relating to the development of the city;
* Public Safety Advisory Board, three-year term, meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday every other month to advise the council on community relations and on departmental projects;
* Rental Housing Ordinance Appeals Board, three-year term, meets as needed to hear appeals of non-compliance with Section 8 guidelines;
* Sikeston-Miner Tourism Advisory Board, two-year term, meets at 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month to consider general operations of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and marketing of tourism and hospitality industries in Sikeston and Miner;
* Tax Increment Finance Commission, four-year term, meets as needed to consider the economic feasibility of proposed redevelopment plans or projects;
* Traffic Committee, three-year term, meets as needed to advise the council on ways and means of improving traffic conditions;
* Industrial Development Authority, six-year term, organized as a not-for-profit corporation, the IDA meets as needed to promote industrial and economic development projects;
* Sikeston Area Higher Education Center Advisory Council, three-year term, meets quarterly to advise SEMO University of area curriculum needs.
For more information or to submit an application by phone, call Linda Lowes, director of the department of governmental services, at 471-2512.