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Danville seeks volunteers for town commissions, advisory boards

Applications due Tuesday with interviews to follow in June

The town of Danville is in need of community members to volunteer on one of several advisory committees that are vital to the functionality of the town.

Danville residents are needed to serve on the town’s Arts Commission, Design Review Board, and Parks and Leisure Services Commission, as well as for one artist to serve as Danville’s official poet laureates and other volunteers to sit as Danville representatives on the Contra Costa Transportation Authority Citizens Advisory Committee and County Connection.

Residents who wish to volunteer on a committee should know that serving is an act of community service and members do not receive payment from the town.

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Preferred candidates will be invited to interview with the Town Council on June 4, 11 or 18 -- candidates should be aware, the June 4 and 18 interviews will be conducted in the evening and June 11 during a morning session.

A detailed list of available positions and the qualifications needed to apply can be found on the Town of Danville’s official website.

A position as prestigious as it is cherished, Danville’s poet laureate will act as a public advocate for the literary arts, and in addition to reading poetry during civic events and dedications, will act as a liaison between the Arts Commission and local literary organizations.

The poet laureate is expected to serve for a two-year term starting July 1, must be at least 18 years old and attach three original poems along with their application.

The town’s Arts Commission is in need of three regular members and one alternate -- who will fill in for a regular member if they are unable to attend a meeting -- to serve four-year terms and assist the Town Council on issues related to the public arts.

Arts Commission members will be tasked with advising the council on issues related to cultural events, public art installations and serve as liaisons to other regional arts organizations with the overarching goal of promoting the arts in Danville.

One Danville resident is required to serve as the town’s representative on the Contra Costa Transportation Authority Citizens Advisory Committee for a two-year term.

On the committee, members will be tasked with reviewing the effectiveness of county transportation programs and advise county agencies on transportation issues. Danville’s representative will also be required to be knowledgeable on issues that are of particular concern to the town.

Another county agency in need of a Danville resident is the County Connection Advisory Committee which meets bimonthly to advise the County Connection Board of Directors on issues relating to fixed-route and paratransit service.

Much like on the county’s Transportation Authority, Danville’s representative will serve as a liaison between the Town Council and the county agency.

Applicants are preferred to have experience in architecture, engineering or construction for Danville’s vitally important Design Review Board which is in need of one member to serve through Dec. 31, 2022.

Design Review Board members will review new residential and commercial developments in town, and advise the council on whether they are in-line with the town’s character.

Danville’s Parks and Leisure Services Commission is in need of one alternate member to join their ranks, as well as a youth representative to volunteer their time and present the perspective of the town’s younger population.

Commission members will advise the Town Council on issues relating to developing park, recreational and cultural events and facilities, open space preservation and certain capital improvement projects. Regular and alternate members serve for four years, while the youth representative is expected to do so for a shorter two-year term.

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