Friday, February 20, 2015

Volunteers Needed for City Boards

City of Holyoke Seeking Applicants for Various Commisions, Advisory Committee on Human Rights

The City of Holyoke is seeking applicants for a number of open seats on a variety of commissions. There are openings on the Holyoke Local Cultural Council, the Conservation of Commission, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Historical Commission.

The Holyoke Local Cultural Council (HLCC) consists of members who were appointed by the Mayor based on their credentials, interest in the arts, and commitment to arts programming in the city of Holyoke. The HLCC encourages individuals and organizations to apply for financial support for artistic purposes in its annual grant program which is part of a statewide grant program administered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).

The City of Holyoke Conservation Commission is responsible for protecting Holyoke’s natural resources. The Conservation Commission administers and enforces the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, the Massachusetts Rivers Protection Act and the City of Holyoke Wetlands Protection Ordinance and associated Regulations. These laws protect ponds, rivers, streams, wetlands, floodplains, vernal pools, and other sensitive environmental resources.

The Zoning Board of Appeals reviews appeals from people who have been denied zoning variances.

The Holyoke Historical Commission works in cooperation with other municipal agencies to insure that the goals of historic preservation are considered in planning for future development of the community. The Commission also coordinates with other local groups whose interests involve history or
historic preservation. The Commission also serves as the liaison between these groups on matters pertaining to historic preservation programs, and is mandated to be the local municipal "watchdog" for state and federal preservation agencies, alerting them to local preservation issues.

Applications may be sent to the Mayor's Office at City Hall at 536 Dwight Street. The City requests that applicants submit letters of interest and resumes.

In addition to openings on these existing commissions, the City is still seeking applicants to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Mayor on Human Rights. The committee will work to ensure that issues of basic human rights are brought to light and addressed. The committee will then facilitate dialogue and work to resolve specific issues and complaints. Overall, the committee’s focus will be to help make Holyoke a more just, equal, and inclusive community.

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