City Boards and Commissions…Apply!

The Citizens Advisory Council will be meeting on June 29 to evaluate applicants for city boards and commissions.

I know that there are folks out there who think about applying, but who may have questions about how the process works.

As longtime readers know, I’ve served on the Hope Cemetery Commission for a bit more than a year, and I wrote about my experience when I applied for the commission.

Since I first wrote about that, the CAC has gotten a Facebook page, and they also have an online application form.  The rest of the process is similar to my own experience.

I would like to encourage those of you who are tempted to take a look at the list of vacancies (there are also two openings on Worcester Arts Council) and apply for the board(s) of your choice.

If you’re not sure about the workload for a specific board, I’d suggest contacting the chair (you can find a list of current members in the profile directory) or the City HR Department.

My experience on Hope has been that we’re expected to attend one 1.5-2 hour meeting a month.  We’re expected to comment on the condition of Hope Cemetery (that is, to note if we see anything that needs attention).  In addition, many of us do things outside of the regular meeting cycle.  Some commission members are also active in the Friends of the cemetery.  We’re eventually going to look at columbarium designs, so one of my fellow commission members took photos of all the area columbaria he could think of.  When my schedule permits, I research certain items (special care arrangements, perpetual care trust balances) that were recorded in the minutes over the past 150 years.

If you’re thinking about applying for a board, I really recommend it.  I have learned (and am still learning) so much on this commission.