Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
City seeking volunteers with diverse interests
The City of Saline is pleased to announce upcoming opportunities for citizens to get involved within their own community. Volunteering for one of the City’s Boards or Commissions is a way to brainstorm, socialize and get to know your friends and neighbors, while making Saline a better place to live, work and play. It is the perfect way to give back, and there are positions available for just about any interest or passion.
If you think City government consists of long meetings in closed up board rooms, think again. How about sharing your passion for arts and culture with others, then implementing your ideas onto our sidewalks and public spaces? Or maybe you‘d like to find a way to bring artistic events to Saline‘s unique and state of the art venues? The Arts and Culture Commission is a group who encourages the growth and expansion of visual arts, drama, music, dance, history and humanities.
If your interests find you outdoors, the Parks Commission is an advisory body to the City Council advising City staff on park planning, construction and maintenance of our parks and playgrounds in a way that keeps them fun and useful for residents. Projects implemented into Saline parks make a big difference. Resident Patty Hart likes to play tennis in Curtiss Park. She was so excited to find a brand new surface last year on the courts. “It’s beautiful, and much safer with a non-skid surface, and it‘s blue!” Hart said. If you like to get your hands dirty or have a knack with a green thumb, there are 191 acres of property managed by Saline Parks and Recreation; certainly there are spaces which need your ideas on cleaning up and beautification.
With so many opportunities to give back to the Saline community, it is clear the difference one person can make with just an hour or two per month. “Volunteers are the backbone of what makes a great community,” says Mayor Gretchen Driskell, “and serving on one of the Boards or Commissions is a really valuable way to give back, and it’s fun!”
The Environmental Commission offered a fun and interesting opportunity this year when they conducted a taste test to see how Saline’s tap water rated against packaged water products. The workshop was part of a study conducted by the group to see the impact bottled water is having on the environment.
Other posts available include seats on the Economic Development Corporation or Business Development Association for those with savvy business expertise. There is also the Planning Commission, Historic District Commission, Bixby Marionette Trust, Celtic Festival, Zoning Board, Cemetery Board of Appeals, Youth Council and more. The Youth Council is for middle school and high school students looking to learn more about local government and implement a voice of their own. The Youth Council has grown and developed into a group that have been able to make significant impacts in the Saline community since its inception in 2002.
There are a number of Boards and Commissions to choose from. Applications are available at City Hall or by following this link. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 429-4907 ext. 2209 or at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Applications are given to the mayor’s office, at which point Mayor Driskell will make a recommendation to the members of City Council. All appointments for the year will be made the first Monday in January.
This time of year sets a natural background for giving. What better way to give back to our Saline families and neighbors than to give a few hours of our time? In this way we help to guarantee a continued path of growth, development and enrichment, in a place we are proud to call home.