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Old 02-15-2014, 10:54 PM   #1
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Serving on a city committee/commission or part of a council. Any experiences?

Anyone here ever served on a city committee/commission or was part of a council? What was the appointment process like? Were you appointed to a committee that was of great interest to you? Did you see changes in the community by the result of the committee's discussions? How receptive was the city council to ideas/suggestions for improvements within the community?
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I was on a County Commission. The committee appointments were based on seniority. The choice plums went to those who had been there longer. New Commissioners got things like Parks and Recreation and Public Safety. After your second term, you might get to Ways and Means, or Budget. As expected, **** does run downhill.


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Old 02-16-2014, 11:19 AM   #3
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I was on a County Commission. The committee appointments were based on seniority. The choice plums went to those who had been there longer. New Commissioners got things like Parks and Recreation and Public Safety. After your second term, you might get to Ways and Means, or Budget. As expected, **** does run downhill.


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How did you like it? What was the average age of board members if you had to guess? Any conflicts of meetings with your schedule/work?
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I served on a neighborhood community council in St. Paul MN. I was voted onto the board of directors, which was pretty simple since there was not much interest in the position as it was strictly volunteer work. It was an interesting experience but to be honest, we didn't really have the authority to get much done, other than code violations and variance decisions.

We did make some positive changes and I certainly do not regret doing it.
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I served on a neighborhood community council in St. Paul MN. I was voted onto the board of directors, which was pretty simple since there was not much interest in the position as it was strictly volunteer work. It was an interesting experience but to be honest, we didn't really have the authority to get much done, other than code violations and variance decisions.

We did make some positive changes and I certainly do not regret doing it.
I was surprised that a lot of the board positions offer compensation for the meetings. At least in my city.
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How did you like it? What was the average age of board members if you had to guess? Any conflicts of meetings with your schedule/work?

It was eye opening. Every department has to be funded, and the department heads always have their hands out. Meetings were evening affairs, and we were compensated for our time. Over 5k per year. Median age was around 55 years of age. I would consider doing it again. Biggest waste of time were spent dealing with the petty BS from HOA groups wanting to amend their covenants.



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