Tuesday, January 8, 2013

City volunteer opportunities, if you dare

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Mayor Steve Bach stormwater volunteers
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After several volunteers on a regional task force for stormwater needs were told by Mayor Steve Bach last Friday to scram, one said, "It will be a cold day in hell before I volunteer my time on a committee for this city again."

Never the less, Bach is in the market for volunteers to serve on two city panels — the Urban Renewal Authority Board and the Housing Authority Board.

The Urban Renewal Authority has two positions to fill. The appointees would serve five-year terms and be required to commit about six hours per month starting April 1. "Preferred applicants would have experience in redevelopment and master planning; familiarity with the City’s Development Review Process is desirable," the city says in a news release.

The Authority has had its moments with Bach, as we've reported here and here.

The Housing Authority has one opening. This position, too, is for a five-year term that will require six hours per month effective April 1. Qualifications being sought are specialized knowledge of real estate, construction, landlord-tenant agreements, finance and social services.

The board faces some dicey issues, including this one featured in a recent cover story.

Send letters of interest and résumés no later than Jan. 23 to bbonn@springsgov.com or mail to Mayor Steve Bach, 30 S. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903. To fill out an application, go to the city's website.

Though the City Council appoints members to most city boards and commissions, the mayor is given authority to choose members for the housing authority and urban renewal board.

We're still waiting for a comment from Bach about his treatment of volunteers last Friday. We sought a comment from him through his communications director Cindy Aubrey yesterday morning. If and when Bach responds, we'll update.

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