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Posted on: September 29, 2020

Apply for an Open Seat on a City Committee

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UPDATED: Thursday, October 21, 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 forest management, 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 Committee members reviews matters related to transportation in Arcata and makes recommendations to the City Council, the Planning Commission and City staff. Community members with interest in all modes of transportation including walking, bicycling, skateboarding, driving and public transit are encouraged to apply. Applicants must live within Arcata city limits or live or work within the Arcata Planning Area.

Forest Management Committee: The Forest Management Committee advises the Arcata City Council and City Commissioners on topics relating to forestry practices on City-owned forest land and makes recommendations on City forest policy including making potential amendments to the City's Forest Management Plan. Committee members also review the City's timber harvest plans before they are filed with the California Department of Forestry. Applicants must live within Arcata city limits or live or work within the Arcata Planning Area to be considered for a volunteer seat on the Forest Management Committee, and community members with interest, knowledge or experience in sustainable forestry, botany, forest ecology, wildlife, fisheries, geology or recreation are encouraged to apply.          

An application and more detailed information can be found here. 

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, some committee meetings are currently being held via Zoom and others will be held in-person.

Committee applications may be emailed to bdory@cityofarcata.org or faxed to 707-822-8018. Applications may also be dropped off in-person in the City Manager's Office at Arcata City Hall, located at 736 F Street, between 9 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday. Face coverings are required for all individuals when entering City Hall regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Applications can also be dropped off in a sealed envelope labeled “City Manager’s Office,” at the City Hall water bill drop boxes, located in the City Hall parking lot off of 7th Street and in front of the USPS mailbox outside of City Hall.

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


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