Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Boards and Commissions Vacancies - Applications Due April 1st


Would you like to play an active role in the governance of your city? Consider applying for appointment to one of the over 50 boards and commissions to which the Richmond City Council makes appointments.

In order to be considered for appointment to one of the following boards or commissions vacancies, please submit your application by April 1st, 2014 to the Office of the City Clerk. You can find an application on our website.

The Office of the City Clerk is now accepting applications for the following vacancies:

Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond.

“The purpose of the MPO is to perform policy and technical functions for the Richmond Urbanized Area transportation planning process. The policy function is designed to make transportation policies for the Richmond Regional Area Transportation Plan” (Bylaws of the Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization).

Advisory Board for the Assessment of Towing Fees and the Storage of Vehicles – Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

a.      Towing and recovery operator. Applicants must reside or work in the city.
b.      Member of the general public who is a citizen of the city of Richmond.
The Advisory Board for the Assessment of Towing Fees and the Storage of Vehicles was created “to advise the city with regard to the appropriate provisions of any ordinance that may be adopted by the city regarding” towing fees and the storage of vehicles (Ord. No. 2006-R148-154).

Advisory Board of Recreation and Parks – Applicants must reside in and be representatives from the 1st District.

The Advisory Board of Recreation and Parks “will assist the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities in providing resources, promoting and providing quality recreational programs, natural environments and safe facilities, all of which enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the city of Richmond. Board members will serve as advocates on behalf of the citizens of the city of Richmond.” (Richmondgov.com/parks/AdvisoryBoard.aspx)

Aging and Disabilities Advisory Board – Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
a.      a.      Disabled person. Applicants must reside in the city of Richmond.
b.      Caregiver of at least one disabled person. Applicants must reside in the city of Richmond.
c.       Either an attorney or a paralegal (i) whose firm or office routinely represents or handles cases for senior citizens or disabled persons, (ii) who has experience addressing issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and (iii) who shall not be required to be a resident of or have a principal place of business in the city.

“The board shall provide advice and recommendations to the Council on matters concerning senior citizens and disabled persons and provide a report of the board’s advice and recommendations as required … and upon the request of the Council. The board shall also work with the residents of the city, the City Administration, the Council and businesses to develop and increase access to consumer-oriented and community-based services for senior citizens and disabled persons. In addition, the board shall develop and make available for public comment an assessment of local needs and priorities for senior citizens and disabled persons and shall provide the assessment to the Council in the form of a report” (Ord. No. 2011-150-158).

Board of Fire AppealsApplicants must reside or work in the city. Additionally, applicants should be qualified by experience and training to rule on matters pertaining to building construction and fire prevention.


“The Board of Fire Appeals shall be responsible for hearing appeals arising from the application of the provisions of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code” (Richmond City Code Section 46.1-81).

Building Code Board of Appeals, Electrical Division – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond. Applicants must be certified journeyman electrical workers with a minimum of ten years job experience in making electrical installations.

The Building Code Board of Appeals exists so that “persons aggrieved by the local building department’s application of the Building Code or refusal to grant a modification to the provisions of the Building Code may appeal to the local board of Building Code Appeals” (Virginia Code Sec. 36-105). The divisions of the Building Code Board or Appeals shall also serve as the agent for qualification of candidates for certification as tradesmen in their respective fields of expertise” (Richmond City Code Sec. 14-46).

Building Code Board of Appeals, Mechanical Division – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

a.      Licensed professional engineer actively engaged in the design of mechanical systems.
b.      Certified journeyman building-related mechanical worker.
c.       Representative of a mechanical contractor.

The Building Code Board of Appeals exists so that “persons aggrieved by the local building department’s application of the Building Code or refusal to grant a modification to the provisions of the Building Code may appeal to the local board of Building Code Appeals” (Virginia Code Sec. 36-105). The divisions of the Building Code Board or Appeals shall also serve as the agent for qualification of candidates for certification as tradesmen in their respective fields of expertise” (Richmond City Code Sec. 14-46).

Building Code Board of Appeals, Plumbing Division – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

a.      Certified master plumber.
b.       Licensed professional engineer in private practice engaged in the design of plumbing systems for buildings.

The Building Code Board of Appeals exists so that “persons aggrieved by the local building department’s application of the Building Code or refusal to grant a modification to the provisions of the Building Code may appeal to the local board of Building Code Appeals” (Virginia Code Sec. 36-105). The divisions of the Building Code Board or Appeals shall also serve as the agent for qualification of candidates for certification as tradesmen in their respective fields of expertise” (Richmond City Code Sec. 14-46).

Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People, Inc. Board of Directors – Applicants must reside in the city of Richmond.

“The purposes of the [Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People, Inc.] are to: (1) provide services and assistance pursuant to the Community Services Block Grant Act (1998), to work towards the elimination of the causes of poverty, (2) stimulate the Richmond region to mobilize resources to combat poverty and the causes of poverty, (3) promote the education, economic, social and spiritual development of Richmond region poverty communities, and (4) receive and disburse financial assistance related to carrying out the above purposes” (Bylaws of the Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People, Inc.).

Career and Technical Education Commission – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond. Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

f.        A representative from the administration of the school division of the city of Richmond;
g.      A member of the school board of the city of Richmond;
h.      A representative from the Department of Economic and Community Development;
i.        A representative from Greater Richmond Partnership;
j.        A member of the Resource Workforce Investment Board of the Capital Regional Workforce Partnership who represents the city on that board;
k.      A member of the Richmond Technical Center Career and Technical Education Advisory Council;
l.        A representative from the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce; or
m.    An at-large member who shall either (i) reside or operate a business within the city or (ii) be representatives of an organization promoting education or workforce development.

The objective of the Career and Technical Education Commission is “to advise the city and the School Division of the city of Richmond concerning the best career and technical education resources, courses and opportunities available to residents of the city of Richmond.” Additionally, the commission shall “work with the school division of the city of Richmond to explore options in workforce preparedness and to propose goals and objectives to enhance economic development efforts and career and technical education offerings for youth and adults to access high-quality career and technical education programs” (Ord. No. 2013-192-176).

Central Virginia Waste Management Authority Board of Directors – Applicants must reside in the city of Richmond.

The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority’s “purposes are to plan, acquire, construct, reconstruct, improve, extend, operate, contract for and maintain any garbage and refuse collection, transfer and disposal program or system including waste reduction, waste material recovery, recycling as mandated by law or otherwise, resource recovery, waste incineration, landfill operation, ash management, sludge disposal from water and wastewater treatment facilities, household hazardous waste management and disposal and similar programs or systems, within one or more of the member localities” (First Amended Articles of Incorporation of the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority).

Citizens Transportation AdvisoryCommittee – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond

“The purpose of this committee is to advise the [Metropolitan Planning Organization] on issues, plans, studies, and matters necessary and appropriate for providing viable and reasonable citizen input.” (Bylaws of the Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, 2013)

Clean City Commission – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond.

The Clean City Commission shall achieve visible improvements in the manner in which the local environment is maintained with noticeable reductions in the amount of litter and illegal dumping by improving public awareness and public responsibility, providing insight on litter control and dumping ordinances, and working with agencies to reduce illegal dumping. (Res. No. 92-R377-93-21).

Green City Commission – Applicants must meet one of  the following criteria:

a.      Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with green affordable housing.
b.      Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with alternative transportation and alternative fuels.
c.      Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with renewable energy and renewable portfolio standards.

The Green City Commission shall:
(1)   Provide expertise and information to the city to support the sustainability efforts of the city.
(2)   Consult with the state government and other local governments with regard to such governments’ sustainability efforts and methods.
(3)   Recommend changes to the Code of the city of Richmond (including the city’s zoning regulations and building codes), the Code of Virginia and other laws as necessary to implement sustainable methods in the city of Richmond.
(4)   Encourage the adoption of sustainable business and building approaches by the private sector.
(5)   Prepare and submit and annual report to the Council by December 31 of each year.
(City Code Sec. 2-1077)

Highway Safety Commission – Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

a.      Citizen and qualified voter of the city. Applicants must reside in the city of Richmond.
b.       Expert in transportation. Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond.

“The commission shall have the responsibility for recommending to the Council plans for the formulation of a highway safety program for the City of Richmond and the responsibility of a periodic review of the operation and effect of such program” (Res. No. 97-R128-129).

Richmond Behavioral Health Authority(RBHA)Applicants must reside or work in the city.

The Richmond Behavioral Health Authority “enhances the quality of life for the people of Richmond by promoting and providing quality behavioral health and developmental services that are available, accessible, and cost-effective.” (RBHA Mission Statement, Annual Report, 2012).

Richmond Redevelopment and HousingAuthority (RRHA)Applicants must reside or work in the city.

The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority seeks to “allow RRHA to lift Richmond’s neighborhoods, while providing economic opportunities and expanded housing options for an improved way of life for public housing residents and those seeking quality affordable housing.”

(www.rrha.org, Strategic Plan)

Urban Forestry Commission – Applicant must reside in the city of Richmond.

The Urban Forestry Commission shall:
(1)   Advise the director of Public Works regarding rules, regulations and policies promulgated under the city’s Municipal Tree Policy and any revisions thereof.
(2)   Recommend to the Council any legislation, plans, policies and programs complementary to the intent and purpose of the city’s Municipal Tree Policy.
(3)   Facilitate the development and adoption of a tree maintenance and management plan for city-owned trees.
(4)   Assist with public relations and education programs to increase public understanding of urban forestry issues, including programs developed by the Department of Public Works, the Tree Stewards, the Friends of Urban Forestry and civic associations.
(5)   Work with interested private organizations to raise money for projects involving city-owned trees and programs developed by the Department of Public Works.
(6)   Prepare and submit an annual report to the Council and make presentations on an annual basis and as requested by the Council.
(7)   Ensure the continuation of the commission’s purpose by annually providing a list of qualified candidates for expiring terms, if any, for consideration by the mayor and the Council by May 30 of each year.
(8)   Develop and assist with the adoption of a more comprehensive Municipal Tree Policy and present progress reports on its efforts in this regard to the Council’s Land Use, Housing and Transportation Standing Committee upon the committee’s request. (Ord. No. 2011-102-113)

Citizen Advisory Commission on Alternatives to Incarceration –Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond and meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Resident of a community within the city where correctional resident-based services, establishments providing alternatives to incarceration or correctional facilities are located.
  2. At-large resident of the city.
  3. Richmond Public Schools.
  4. Workforce development agency.
  5. Small minority business development organization.
  6. Technical educational institution.
  7. Higher educational institution.
  8. Law enforcement.
  9. State or local department of social services.
  10. Administrator of a community-based corrections program.
  11. Faith-based community organization.
  12. Business community.
The Citizen Advisory Commission on Alternatives to Incarceration “shall provide advice and recommendations to the City Council and the mayor, from the perspective of the residents of the city, concerning the factors affecting the reduction in population at the Justice Center and the external impact of the presence of the Justice Center, community-based service facilities and other establishments providing alternatives to incarceration on communities within the city and provide a report of the commission’s advice and recommendations upon the request of either the City Council or the mayor. In particular, the commission shall work with residents of communities within the city, the City Administration, administrators of the Justice Center and organizations providing community-based services or alternatives to incarceration to address how correctional facilities, community based service facilities and other establishments providing alternatives to incarceration within communities affect property values, real estate taxes, police and fire services and public safety. The commission shall also monitor and assess performance indicators that measure long-term benefits of alternatives to incarceration and community-based service centers and programs.” (Ord. No. 2012-16-196)

Sister Cities Commission – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond.

The Sister Cities Commission “shall develop and foster a sister city affiliation and program through the auspices of Sister Cities International or other qualified organizations. The commission shall be charged with strengthening the ties between the city of Richmond and any sister city or cities and making Richmond’s many assets more widely known through sister city affiliation” (Res. No. 2009-R101-111).

Economic Development Authority – Applicants must reside in the city of Richmond and be members of the banking, lending or financial services community.

The purpose of the Economic Development Authority “is to promote industry and develop trade by inducing manufacturing, industrial, government and commercial enterprise to locate in or remain in the city of Richmond, further the economic well-being of the citizens of the city, increase their commerce and promote their safety, health, welfare, convenience and prosperity. The purpose is also to achieve the objectives established by the [authority] to provide additional employment for all levels of the community, to promote economic stability and growth in the community, and to assist in meeting the city’s development objectives” (Bylaws of the Economic Development Authority).

Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond.

The purpose of the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau “is to promote convention and tourism development in the Richmond metropolitan area in order to increase revenues, provide increased employment and improve the economic health of all the jurisdictions involved. The corporation believes that its purpose can best be achieved through the participation of all segments of the community, including minorities and women, having an interest or stake in the convention and tourism industry” (Bylaws of the Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau).

Senior Connections, the Capital Area Agency on Aging, Inc. Board of Directors – Applicants must reside or work in the city of Richmond.

The Capital Area Agency on Aging, Inc. “shall strive to:
(1)   Promote the general welfare [of] and serve as an advocate for the aging population in the area of Planning District 15;
(2)   Identify unmet needs and problems of the elderly, and seek means to alleviate them;
(3)   Work cooperatively with other agencies, organizations, institutions, groups and individuals to achieve common objectives for older citizens;
(4)   Provide information about aging and the aging population and about resources available to the elderly and those who serve the needs of the elderly;
(5)   Serve as a planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating center for cooperative efforts on behalf of the area’s elderly in accordance with provision of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended;
(6)   Advocate for maximum independence in a home environment for older persons capable of self care with appropriate supportive services;
(7)   Seek to eliminate individual and social barriers to economic and personal independence for older persons; and
(8)   Promote a continuum of care for the frail and impaired elderly.
(Bylaws of Senior Connections, the Capital Area Agency on Aging, Inc.)

Social Services Advisory Board – Applicants must reside in the city of Richmond.

“The Social Services Advisory Board shall have the powers and duties to:
(1)   Interest itself in all matters pertaining to the social services of the people of the city;
(2)   Monitor the formulation and implementation of social services programs in the city;
(3)   Meet with the director of the Department of Social Services at least quarterly for the purpose of making recommendations on policy matters concerning the department;
(4)   Make an annual report concerning the administration of the social services program to the City Council concurrently with presentation of the department’s proposed budget for any upcoming fiscal year; and
(5)   Submit to the City Council, from time to time, any other report concerning social services that the advisory board deems appropriate to bring to the attention of the Council”
(City Code Sec. 2-604)