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The City of Arlington is Accepting Applications

Would you like to serve on a City Board or Commission?
Members assist the Mayor and City Council and make recommendations on general policy matters that impact where you live. Most boards and commissions function in advisory capacities, and some have final decision-making authority. Members serve two-year terms and are appointed by the Mayor and City Council.

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS APPLICATION

Animal Services Center Advisory Board

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MEMBERSHIP: Nine members: one licensed veterinarian; one City official other than an employee of the Department of Community Services; three citizens-at-large; one person whose duties include the daily operation of an animal shelter; and one representative from an animal welfare organization.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to term limitation policy.

MEETINGS: Once every three months, time and place determined by Chair

FUNCTION: State Law provides for the formation of an advisory committee to oversee the operations of an animal shelter in towns with populations in excess of 75,000.

Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors

MEMBERSHIP: Nineteen members: four board members selected from the major entertainment attractions in the City: Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys, (appointees must hold at least the position of Vice-President of Marketing or its equivalent); four members selected from and representing the lodging industry; seven members selected from among residents of the City who have demonstrated interest in the City and the convention industry; two members selected from the City Council; two members representing the North and South Arlington Business Council; Ex officio members are representatives of City Managerís Office, Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Arlington.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Board is subject to term limitation policy with two year terms with the exception of representatives of the four major entertainment attractions and the four representatives from the lodging industry and business council, which will serve unlimited terms.

MEETINGS: Arlington Convention Board Room, 2nd Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m.

FUNCTION: The Board of Directors shall be responsible for establishing operating policies for the Bureau and for evaluating the progress of the Bureau in the attainment of its goals. The Board of Directors shall have full and complete power to transact all business and manage the affairs of the Bureau.

Arlington Higher Education Finance Corporation

MEMBERSHIP: Seven members

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Board is not subject to term limitation policy.

MEETINGS: Annually

FUNCTION: This body was established as a nonprofit corporation for the purpose of promoting higher education and furthering educational opportunities of students through serving as a conduit issuer for private and charter school financings in Texas.

Building Code Board of Appeals

MEMBERSHIP: Ten members.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to term limitation policy.

MEETINGS: As needed, minimum 4 meetings a year.

FUNCTION: The committee shall serve in an advisory capacity concerning strategies and initiatives for improving the quality of the natural environment in the City.

Citizensí Environmental Committee

MEMBERSHIP: Ten members.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.
TERM: Two years. Board is subject to term limitation policy.
MEETINGS: As needed, minimum 4 meetings a year.

FUNCTION: The committee shall serve in an advisory capacity concerning strategies and initiatives for improving the quality of the natural environment in the City.

Community Relations Commission

MEMBERSHIP: Nine members.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to term limitation policy.

MEETINGS: The first Monday of each month at 5:30pm.

FUNCTION: The purpose of the Community Relations Commission is to help identify programs and opportunities that build positive relationships in the city.

Electrical Code Board of Appeals

MEMBERSHIP: Nine members: one licensed master electrician; one building contractor; one representative of the electrical utility company; six at large members.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to term limitation policy.

MEETINGS: As needed.

FUNCTION: The function of this Board is to hear appeals from decisions of the Building Official regarding the application and enforcement of the electrical code and to grant variances from the terms of the ordinance when necessary to carry out the intent and spirit of the ordinance. The decisions of the Board are final unless recourse is taken through District Court.

Emergency Physician's Advisory Board

MEMBERSHIP: Eleven members: The Medical Director or his/her designee of each hospital emergency department which receives emergency patients by ambulance located within Arlington, seven other physicians, the Cityís EMS Medical Director, and the Cityís Fire Chief.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to term limitation policy.

MEETINGS: Quarterly.

FUNCTION: The function of this board is to serve as an advisory, regulatory and fact-finding body for the City Council regarding medical control of the Cityís ambulance system.

Ethics Review Commission

MEMBERSHIP: Nine members.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to term limitation policy.

MEETINGS: As needed.

FUNCTION: The Ethics Review Commission is responsible for hearing and ruling upon complaints alleging violations by a city official of specific enumerated standards of conduct as set forth in Section 12.02 of the Cityís Ethic Code.

Housing Authority

MEMBERSHIP: One member shall be a tenant representative and four at large members.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor with Council approval.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to the term limitation policy.

MEETINGS: The 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

FUNCTION: The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners oversees the operations of the Arlington Housing Authority, a public entity established to administer federally funded housing and rental assistance programs. In addition, through a management agreement with the City of Arlington, the Housing Authority Board administers the City's Housing Rehabilitation Program, which is a home repair program funded by the City's Community Development Block Grant and other state and federally funding programs related to housing on behalf of the City of Arlington.

Landmark Preservation Commission

bullet Visit the Landmark Preservation Commission web site

MEMBERSHIP: Nine members: Two members shall represent any combination of the following fields or professions. 1) Architecture; 2) Banking; 3) Law, 4) Real Estate; 5) Urban planning. Three members shall have historic preservation experience in restoring older homes/buildings, writing historic marker applications, or participating as members of an Arlington historical or preservation group. Four members shall be citizens at large.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to term limitation policy.

MEETINGS: The 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

FUNCTION: This board will familiarize itself with buildings, structures, sies, districts, areas, places and lands within the City which may be eligible for State and national historic landmark status. To formulate plans and programs for public and private action for encouraging, promoting, protecting and preserving historical landmarks within the City of Arlington.

Library Board

MEMBERSHIP: Nine members and one student representative.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to term limitation policy. One member is a high school representative with a term of one year.

MEETINGS: The 4th Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

FUNCTION: This Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of Libraries and the City Council concerning library services of the City. They also promote public interest and support for an effective library program in the community.

License and Amortization Appeal Board

MEMBERSHIP: Seven members.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor with Council approval.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to the term limitation policy.

MEETINGS: As needed.

FUNCTION: This Board has the power to rule upon the appropriate disposition of applications for exemption from the location restrictions for Sexually Oriented Businesses.

Mechanical and Plumbing Code Board of Appeals

MEMBERSHIP: Nine members: one journeyman plumber; one responsible master plumber; three construction industry representatives; two air conditioning contractors; one mechanical engineer; one master plumber.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to term limitations.

MEETINGS: As needed. Three members present at any meeting for a quorum.

FUNCTION: The Board may vary the application of any provision of the Mechanical Code or modify an order of the Building Official when, in its opinion, enforcement would do manifest injustice and would be contrary to the purpose of the Code. Recourse from decisions of this Board must be made through the District Court.

North Texas Higher Education Authority

MEMBERSHIP: Six members.

APPOINTMENT: Three of the six members are appointed by the Mayor with Council approval.

TERM: Two years. Authority is not subject to term limitation policy.

MEETINGS: Annually

FUNCTION: This body was established as a nonprofit corporation for the purpose of furthering educational opportunities of students by providing funds for the acquisition of student loans.

Park and Recreation Board

MEMBERSHIP: Nine members and one student representative.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to term limitation policy. One member is a high school representative with a term of one year.

MEETINGS: The 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

FUNCTION: This Board serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council concerning the acquisition, maintenance, operation and use of parks, playgrounds and open spaces within the City.

Planning and Zoning Commission

MEMBERSHIP: Nine members.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to term limitation policy

MEETINGS: The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

FUNCTION: The Planning and Zoning Commission is responsible for recommending to the Council the creation and modification of zoning districts, as well as reviewing and approving all land plats submitted for filing with Tarrant County. They also cooperate with the Park Board and other similar organizations regarding needs in the development and improvement of parks and boulevards, the extension and opening of streets and avenues and other public places. In addition, the Planning and Zoning Commission serves as the Capital Improvements Program Advisory Committee and the Airport Zoning Commission.

Special Transportation Advisory Board

MEMBERSHIP: Nine members.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to term limitation policy.

MEETINGS: Quarterly and as needed. Time and place determined upon memberís schedules.

FUNCTION: This board is responsible for reviewing Handitran complaints and operations of the transportation system for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. The Board makes recommendations to the Council based on their review. They also serve as an Appeals Board for those persons claiming eligibility to use the transportation system and for any suspensions of service.

Teen Court Advisory Board

MEETINGS: Nine adult members who previously demonstrated an interest in working with youth. Four teen-aged representatives who are juniors in good standing at school, (2) AISD; (1) MISD; (1) Private School located within the City of Arlington.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Adults will serve a two-year term. Youth representatives shall serve a one-year term.

MEETINGS: The Board shall hold regularly scheduled meetings, as determined by the Advisory Board Chairperson.

FUNCTION: The Board will serve in an advisory role and make recommendations to the City Manager or his/her designee regarding the policies regulating the Teen Court Program. Submit all reports and/or recommendations related to the Teen Court Program requiring City Council action to the Municipal Court clerk or his/her designee. Develop and provide community support and community resources and develop financial resources for the Teen Court Program in addition to the funding provided through the city budget process. Make recommendations to the Teen Court Coordinator regarding the recruitment, selection and training of adult and teen volunteers.

Zoning Board of Adjustment

MEMBERSHIP: Thirteen members: Nine regular members and four alternate members.

APPOINTMENT: Mayor and City Council.

TERM: Two years. Board is subject to term limitation policy.

MEETINGS: The 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

FUNCTION: The Board hears Variances and Special Exceptions as listed in the Zoning Ordinance, makes determination on appeals of decisions made by an administrative official and acts in a quasi-judicial capacity to ensure that the Zoning Ordinance is equitably and uniformly enforced. Any recourse from decisions of this Board must be through District Court.

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