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Posted on: September 29, 2020

Apply for an Open Seat on a City Committee


UPDATED: Friday, March 19, 2021

The City of Arcata is currently seeking applicants for open vacancies on several City committees. Volunteer members of City committees help shape Arcata's future. Committee members make recommendations and advise the City Council on a variety of topics including historic landmark preservation, economic development, general fund spending, transportation safety, trail and road maintenance, wetlands restoration and preservation, public recreation, parks and sustainable energy.

Arcata residents who have interest in serving the community and enhancing the quality of life in Arcata are encouraged to apply for a seat on the committee that best aligns with their expertise and interests.

The City currently has openings on the following committees:

Economic Development CommitteeThis committee reviews economic trends and makes recommendations to the City Council on how to strengthen the economic well-being of the City. Committee members also advise the City Council on topics related to economic development, including, but not limited to, retail, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, business expansion and revitalization. Community members with experience or interest in small business, banking, real estate, the arts, agriculture, tourism, science and technology, commerce, construction, housing, or employee relations are encouraged to apply.

Transactions & Use Tax Oversight CommitteeIn 2008, Arcata voters approved a ballot measure imposing a $0.0075 sales tax, also known as a “general transactions and use tax.” This tax provides funds to make road improvements and to provide police services based on the needs of the community. Under state law, money received from this sales tax must be paid to the City’s general fund, which the City Council authorizes spending from. The Transactions & Use Tax Oversight Committee’s primary function is to review spending from the general fund, related to streets and police activity budgets, and to provide an annual report to the City Council with recommendations for general fund spending for road improvements and public safety for the upcoming fiscal year. Community members with interest or knowledge of budgets, finance, fiscal processes and those with an understanding of relevant community needs are encouraged to apply. Applicants must live within Arcata city limits or live or work within the Arcata Planning Area.

Transportation Safety Committee: The Transportation Safety Committee advises the City Council, Planning Commission and City staff on matters pertaining to all modes of transportation in Arcata, including but not limited to, public transit, walking, bicycling, skateboarding and Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. Those with interest in a variety of municipal transportation modes for all community members are encouraged to apply. To be considered for this volunteer position, applicants must live within Arcata city limits or live or work within the Arcata Planning Area.

Wetlands & Creeks Committee: The Wetlands & Creeks Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council, Commissions and City Staff in matters relating to the policies affecting creeks, riparian areas, wetland and tideland resources of Arcata. Members of this Committee make recommendations to City staff on the management of vegetation, recreation, wildlife and fisheries of the City-owned wetlands and creek zones, including the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary, in addition to making recommendations on City-sponsored creeks and wetlands enhancement projects. Community members with interest, knowledge or experience in wildlife, fisheries, watershed management, wetland ecology, wetland/riparian botany, water quality and Arcata's creeks and wetlands are encouraged to apply. Applicants may live within Arcata city limits or live or work within the Arcata Planning Area.

Energy CommitteeThe Energy Committee makes recommendations and provides information to the City Council on topics related to energy efficiency, fossil fuel consumption, energy conservation, green energy conversion and developing sustainable energy supplies. Committee members also advise City Council, the Planning Commission and City staff on sustainable energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction considerations related to City planning and regulation, and make recommendations on potential ways for City to generate its own renewable energy. Applicants may live within Arcata city limits or live or work within the Arcata Planning Area, and community members with interest, knowledge or experience with energy use, regulation and conservation are encouraged to apply.

Application packets more detailed information can be found here. 

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, City Hall offices are currently closed to the public. All committee meetings are currently being held via Zoom, and committee applications may be emailed to or faxed to (707) 822-8081. Applications may also be dropped off in-person, in a sealed envelope labeled “City Manager’s Office,” at the City Hall drop boxes, located in the City Hall parking lot off of 7th Street and next to the USPS mailbox outside City Hall at 736 F Street.

For more information, please call 707-822-5953.

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