Thursday, March 7, 2013

New Environmental Affairs Board Approved

If you're interested in maintaining and improving the quality of the environment in the City of Sanford, there's a new board for you.

On March 5, 2013, the Sanford City Council approved the creation an Environmental Affairs Board (EAB; read the official ordinance here). The next step, of course, is to fill the EAB with qualified citizens. If you're interested in serving, read the questions and answers below.

Who Can Serve On The Board?

The board will consist of seven voting members who represent Sanford's broad spectrum of vocations and professions.

Initially, three members will be appointed to serve two year terms and four members will serve three year terms. After the initial appointments, all members will serve for three years. Members may be reappointed at the discretion of the Sanford City Council.

Applicants must be more than 18 years old, live within the City limits, and be a registered voter.

What Will Board Members Do?

The EAB will address topics related to the quality of the City environment. For example, mining, energy, and horizontal drilling; nuclear power impacts; natural gas, coal, and other energy source development; watershed protection; and erosion control are all included.

While serving on the board, the City Council expects members to perform a variety of duties, including educating the public and local officials about environmental issues, facilitating citizen participation, and performing special studies and projects on environmental questions.

See the full list of topics and duties on page 2 of the ordinance.

How Do I Apply To Serve?

Applications for the EAB are available in the City Clerk's office at the Sanford Municipal Center, located at 225 E. Weatherspoon Street in Sanford. You can download an application here.

Contact Bonnie White at 919-777-1111 or for more information or for clarification.

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