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Posted on: January 24, 2023

City of Winooski Seeks Board, Commission Volunteers

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The City of Winooski is searching for engaged and dedicated residents to serve on our boards and commissions. These opportunities are an excellent way to get involved in the public process. Looking to get connected to your neighbors or discover a new way to give back to the community? Applicants with related experience, skill sets, and interests are encouraged to apply. Council and staff welcome diverse voices. If you've never served, we will do our best to support you!

Commission for Inclusion and Belonging

The Winooski Commission for Inclusion & Belonging Commission acts as an advisory group for the City Council with a focus on equitable policies and best practices for inclusion. This commission will establish Equity Ambassadors who will sit on each of the City's established commissions to bring diverse voices and perspectives to the decision-making table in Winooski, and give updates on our shared equity-related goals. In addition, this commission will serve to advise the City Council on implementing the Strategic Vision areas and goals related to equity as outlined in the Master Plan. The City of Winooski seeks to appoint members that are as diverse as our community. Given the policy role in advising the Council, a commitment to principles and best practices of equity and inclusion are paramount.

Development Review Board

The Development Review Board (DRB) is a quasi-judicial volunteer resident board that upholds the standards and procedures defined in the Winooski Zoning Ordinance. The DRB reviews and makes decisions on subdivisions, site plans, conditional uses, variances, and appeals of the Zoning Administrator’s determinations. The DRB has authority through Vermont State Statute Vermont Statute 24 VSA Chapter 117 and ensures due process, protects the rights of applicants, and rights of the public to participate in proposals for land development within the City. Appeals of decisions made by the DRB are heard by the Vermont Superior Court Environmental Division (VSCED) and the Vermont Supreme Court.

Finance Commission

The Winooski Finance Commission is a policy advising group to the City Council.  It serves to advise the Council on implementing the Economic Vitality Strategic Vision area as outlined in the Master Plan and ensuring the City maintains an overall strong financial position. Economic Vitality: "Maintain and expand our economic development to ensure long-term vibrancy." The Finance Commission often deals with budgets, financial policies, affordability, and other fiscal topics related to sustainable City spending.

Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commission

The Safe, Healthy, Connected People Commission is a policy advising group to the City Council and serves to implement its Strategic Vision area as outlined in the City's Master Plan: Safe, Healthy, Connected People: "Foster relationships across generations and cultures by providing a safe and healthy environment and providing opportunities to connect and engage with other residents of the City." This commission works with the City's Community Services and Public Safety departments, which include Police, Fire, Code, Recreation & Parks, the Winooski Memorial Library, the Winooski Senior Center, and Thrive After School.

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