Board Seats Need Filling

Written by Estero Bay News

February 10, 2022

The City of Morro Bay is looking to put some butts in empty seats on several of its advisory boards.

The City Clerk’s Office has put out a call to fill several advisory board seats, they are:

• One seat on the Citizen’s Finance Advisory Committee or CFAC, a citizen’s group that reviews City expenditures of the special sales taxes — Measures Q and E-20 — and the progress of the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) budgets and cost overruns. 

CFAC has no real authority, however, the city council recently doubled its monthly pay following a recommendation by CFAC, which reviewed the issue. CFAC has seven members and falls under the City Administration Department, with the Deputy City Manager serving as the staff person.

• The Harbor Advisory Board (HAB) needs an alternate member to the seat delegated to the Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen’s Organization. 

The HAB oversees issues having to do with the Harbor Department and matters important to the bay and waterfront, including reviewing lease agreements and capitol improvements projects. They too have no real authority.

The 9-member HAB works through the Harbor Department and the Harbor Director is their lead staff person. Each seat represents a specific constituency.

• The Recreation and Parks Commission has two vacant seats. The commission advises the City Council on issues having to do with the public parks in town and the various recreation programs it provides. 

Recreation Services Manager, Kirk Carmichael, is the lead staffer for the commission.

If readers are interested in these positions, you can get an application online at the City Clerk’s webpage, see: www.morrobayca.gov/advisorybody or visit the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.

The deadline to apply for these positions is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 and interviews by city council are tentatively set for Tuesday, March 8. 

The interviews will likely be via the Internet, as the City Council has yet to restart having the public at its public meetings due to the Coronavirus Pandemic response.

The council, indeed all the City’s advisory boards, have been meeting online since April 2020, with no end in sight.

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