Morro Bay voters chose two political newbies for City Council in November’s election and with the New Year just around the corner, there’s a chance for other citizens to get involved with City government by serving on one of the City’s citizen advisory boards.
According to a news release, the City is taking applications now through 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 for seats on advisory boards that are either vacant now or will have their terms coming due at the end of January.
According to the City Clerk’s announcement, board vacancies are coming up for the Citizen Oversight/Finance Committee; Planning Commission; Public Works Advisory Board; Recreation and Parks Commission; Visit SLO County Board of Directors; and Harbor Advisory Board.
The HAB is looking for people to represent recreational boating and a waterfront leaseholder, as well as an alternate to the seat reserved for the Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen’s Organization.
The oversight/finance committee is the board that has first oversight on the Water Recycling Facility (WRF) Project, the City’s $160 million new sewer that’s wrapping up now after over 2 years of construction.
That committee also goes over the City’s annual budget and the aiudits of previous budgets.
The process involves the City Council reviewing all applications and then holding in-person interviews, tentatively schedule for Jan. 10 and are televised, and then choosing board members, who serve what are usually 4-year terms on the committees, though some positions may be shorter in duration if someone is replacing a board member that quit mid-term. Though one doesn’t have to attend the interviews, if you’re serious about serving, you should be there.
If interested, call the City Clerk’s Office at 805-772-6568 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Eligibility information and applications are available online at: www.morrobayca.gov/advisorybody.