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Posted on: May 4, 2021

PRESS RELEASE: Volunteers Needed for City Boards

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The City of Brookings is seeking interested individuals to serve on the following City boards, committees, and commissions:

 

Brookings Disability Awareness Committee

Number of positions:                       1

Term Length:                                      3-years

Residency Requirement:                 Required for majority

Purpose:  The Brookings Disability Awareness Committee (BDAC) strives to advocate for the rights of people who have disabilities in our community.  Throughout the year, specific events are held to bring awareness and information to our citizens.  Technical assistance is provided to the business community, private individuals, governmental entities and nonprofit organizations.  The goals of this service are to improve the quality of life for people who have disabilities through enhancing the knowledge base of entities in the community; and to further serve as a community-based advocacy group enhancing the ability of local entities to comply with Federal Civil Rights legislation.

 

Historic Preservation Commission

Number of positions:                       2              

Term Length:                                      3 years

Residency Requirement:                 Required

Purpose:  The purpose of the Historic Preservation Commission is to allow the city to engage in a comprehensive program of historic preservation to promote the inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of the citizens of Brookings through identification, documentation, preservation, promotion, and development of the city’s historic resources.

 

Human Rights Commission

Number of positions:                       1 - College Student Representative

Term Length:                                      1 Year for College Student Representative

Residency Requirement:               Not required

Purpose:  The Human Rights Commission has the power to investigate alleging discrimination.  Other programs include:  

  • The study of the existence, character, causes and extent of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, property rights, education and public services.  
  • Advise and provide a forum for those subjected to unfair and discriminatory practices in the City and County.  
  • Advise City officials concerning issues of discrimination.  
  • Conducting educational programs and disseminates information to further the commission’s policy to eliminate discrimination in the city.

 

Public Arts Commission

Number of positions:                      1

Term Length:                                      3-years

Residency Requirement:               Majority of the members

Purpose:  Public art enhances the built environment of a city and enriches the lives of its citizens. A dedicated funding sourcefor an established program of public art enhances the reputation of a city and serves as a vehicle for attracting new businessesand citizens. A public art program encourages a community’s artists and citizens to engage in creative activities and artisticdevelopment. A public arts commission can develop and implement a unified public art strategy for a community.

 

Sustainability Council

Number of positions:                       2 (1 regular member; 1 College Student Representative)    

Term Length:                                      3 years (1 year for College Student Representative)

Residency Requirement:                 Required for a majority

Purpose:  The purpose of the Sustainability Council is to investigate, propose, educate, communicate, and advocate investment strategies and policies that will improve our future quality of life while still meeting the needs of the present.

 

For more information on these appointments, or to obtain an application, contact the City Clerk’s Office at (605)692-6281 or visit www.cityofbrookings-sd.gov .  Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 21, 2021.

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