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Want to Get Involved in Your Community? Volunteer for a Town Board or Committee

Post Date:04/03/2017 4:03 PM

The Town of Garner is looking for you to become involved in shaping our community. The Town appoints citizens to serve on a number of advisory boards and commissions. Citizens who serve on these boards and commissions perform a community service using their skills, interests and initiatives to make a difference. Whether you’re interested in community appearance, recreation activities or land-use practices, the Town of Garner has opportunities for you to volunteer to share your time and talents.

Board of Adjustment: Hears and decides appeals from any order, decision, requirement or interpretation made by the land use administrator or other administrative officials in carrying out or enforcing any provisions of the Town of Garner Unified Development Ordinance. Also hears and decides applications for special exceptions and variances. This board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Advisory Committee: Provides recommendations to the Town Council about recreation services, facilities and fee policies. This committee meets every third Monday at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

Planning Commission: Requires some candidates to have experience in fields such as architecture, planning, development, landscaping, the arts or other fields related to urban design or appearance. Meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. (This body currently needs members who reside outside of the Town limits and within Garner’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, or ETJ.)  

Senior Citizens Advisory Committee: Serves in an advisory capacity with the Town of Garner in planning, coordinating and directing of programs and activities at the Garner Senior Center. Committee members must be eligible to participate in senior activities by being at least 55 years of age. Meets bimonthly every third Friday at 9 a.m. at the Garner Senior Center.

Veterans Advisory Committee: Acts as a public interface between Garner residents and Town officials to explore ways in which to honor and recognize the service of area veterans, assist the Town of Garner’s planning for ceremonies, observances, holidays and events honoring veterans and interact with local veterans organizations and assist in the preservation, operation, integrity, maintenance and upkeep of the Garner Veterans Memorial. Meets at 9 a.m. on the first Monday of a bi-monthly schedule.

Garner Revitalization Association (GRA): Fosters downtown revitalization through the administration of the Main Street program in a public-private partnership with the Town of Garner. This 5- to 9-member Board of Directors works with the town's Downtown Development Manager to set strategic priorities for downtown economic development within a context of historic preservation. GRA's Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Garner. Questions regarding the GRA should be directed to Downtown Development Manager Mari Howe at (919) 773-4402.

Learn more by contacting Town Clerk Stella Gibson at sgibson@garnernc.gov or by calling (919) 773-4406. You can download the application at http://www.garnernc.gov/government/town-boards-committees.

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