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

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April 19, 2017

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: The 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 and to hear and to decide applications for special exceptions and variancesThis board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Advisory Committee: This committee provides recommendations to the Town Council with regard to recreation services, facilities and fee policies. This committee meets every third Monday at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.
The Planning Commission: This commission needs members who reside outside of the Town limits and within Garner’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). This committee 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. This commission meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
Senior Citizen’s Advisory Committee: This 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. This committee meets bimonthly every third Friday at 9 a.m. at the Garner Senior Center.
Veterans Advisory Committee: The Veterans Advisory Committee is seeking to fill a vacancy. This committee operates 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. The committee meets at 9 a.m. on the first Monday of a bi-monthly schedule.
The Garner Revitalization Association (GRA): This association fosters downtown revitalization through the administration of the Main Street program in a public-private partnership with the Town of Garner. This 5-9 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 Mari Howe, Downtown Development Manager at (919) 773-4402.
You can learn more by emailing 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.
Rick Mercier
Communications Manager
Town of Garner