Washington County seeks volunteers to fill board, commission vacancies

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A number of Washington county boards and commissions serve Washington County through the service of volunteer applicants, all of whom must be at least 18 years of age. All are unpaid positions with terms that vary.

Current openings on boards and commissions include:

•Board of Adjustment: A five-member board that reviews the county ordinance and requests for variances or special exceptions to ordinance provisions;

•Planning & Zoning Commission: A nine-member commission that reviews the zoning ordinance, zoning applications and presents recommendations to the Supervisors for any opposes changes to the ordinance;

•Eminent Domain Compensation Board for the Condemnation of Private Property: A 28-member commission that represents realtors, farmers, bankers, auctioneers and city property owners to be available to the chief judge of the county judicial district to assess damages to property taken by the government under eminent domain;

•Board of Health: A five-member board that provides guidance and oversees operations of the county Public Health Department;

•Veterans Affairs Commission: A three-member commission that provides guidance and oversees operations of the Veterans Affairs Department;

•Conservation Board: A five-member board to guide and oversee operations of the county Conservation Department;

•Civil Service Commission: A three-member commission that handles examinations, promotions and discipline issues relating the deputy sheriffs; and

•Historic Preservation Commission: A five-member commission that helps identify county historic preservation projectors and to distributes county-approved grant funding.

Applicants are required from those interested in serving on the above, as well as with other county boards/commissions, and may be obtained at the county auditor’s office in the courthouse. Additional information may be obtained by calling the supervisors office at 319-653-7711 or the auditor at 319-653-7715.

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