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Boards and Commissions

I think it’s safe to say that everyone has an opinion about local government and what should and shouldn’t be happening, but often times people don’t know how they can get involved. Below are a list of ways that you can serve or be a part of your local government.

Residents can always come to a City Commission meeting in order to voice their opinion and there is always the voice that you get from voting (which we highly recommend you do). If you are really a glutton for punishment, you can simply run for office.  But, if you’re looking for more of a happy medium – we may have a solution for you.

Currently, there are 33 boards and commissions that require appointments from the Mayor.  These groups conduct planning, research, and discuss specific issues which are essential to the continued growth and prosperity of our City.  While some boards only make recommendations and advisory opinions to the Board of Commissioners, others are designed to be the policy-making authority over a particular entity.

Board appointments are generally two to four year terms and most boards meet monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly.  Some people choose to stay on a board for multiple terms and some rotate off after only one term – in most cases, the decision is yours. If you’re lucky, some boards even serve a lunch while you meet.

Now you may be asking yourself, what boards are out there that I would bring value to?  With so many boards to choose from, it’s almost a guarantee that something will interest you.  Fascinated with aviation? Check out the Airport Board.  If you’re interested in green space or City parks you can get involved with the Greenways Commission, Board of Park Commissioners or the Tree Advisory Board. And if the outdoors aren’t you’re thing but history is, there is always the Historic Preservation Board or the Hobson House Committee.   You can find a full list of boards and commissions online at http://www.bgky.org/boards.php.

I hope that you’ll take the time to consider serving on a local board. We are always looking for folks who are interested and committed to serving this community. For more information about current board openings or how to submit your resume, you can contact the office of the City Clerk at 270-393-3688.

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