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The Mandan City Commission will begin considering appointments beginning in 2020 for open positions and seats up for re-appointment on nine different boards. 

Appointments will be considered for the Architectural Review Commission, Cemetery Advisory Committee, Code Enforcement Appeals Board, Community Beautification Committee, Growth Fund Committee, Library Board of Trustees, Parking Authority, Renaissance Zone Committee and the Visitors Promotion Fund Committee.

Members of the business community and residents can submit a letter summarizing their desired appointment, background and reasons for interest. Letters will be welcomed through Nov. 1, 2019, or until the positions are filled. Submit letters to Program Coordinator Kari Moore, by e-mailing to kari.moore@cityofmandan.com or mailing to 205 2nd Ave. NW, Mandan, ND 58554.

Architectural Review Commission. There are two openings for positions with a three-year term ending in 2022. Appointees, whenever possible, are to be residents of the city, business owners/operators in the city, or owners of property within the city. Expertise in the design and construction industries, engineering, or related professions is helpful. Architectural Review Commission consideration and approval is required before any commercial building is constructed or its exterior is altered. Meetings are typically held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at City Hall. A minimum 50 percent meeting attendance is required.

Cemetery Advisory Committee. One position will be considered for appointment with a term ending in 2022. Members must be Mandan residents living in city limits. The committee reviews Mandan Union Cemetery rules and helps to generate ideas and implement improvements to the cemetery grounds. The committee meets as needed.

Code Enforcement Appeals Board. Positions for two, two-year terms ending in 2021, and two, three-year terms ending in 2022 are up for consideration for the Code Enforcement Appeals Board. This committee reviews code enforcement violation appeals and meets on an as-needed basis. Members must be Mandan residents.

Community Beautification Committee. Candidates are sought for two positions with terms ending in 2022. Candidates should be property owners or representatives of property owners in the City of Mandan. Representation is sought from both residents and businesses. The committee helps formulate and coordinate programs, projects and policies that enhance the aesthetic appearance of the community. The committee currently meets the second Thursday of every other month at 7:30 a.m. at City Hall. A minimum 50 percent meeting attendance is required.

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Growth Fund Committee. There are two positions up for consideration with the following preferences: one representing the Memorial Highway/east Mandan area and a position representing the community at large. Terms are three years ending in 2022. Members may be representatives of the business community through ownership or employment with a Mandan business or Mandan residents. The nine-member committee makes recommendations to City Commission related to applications for assistance to businesses desiring to expand or locate in the Mandan area. The committee meets about once a month or as needed depending upon applications for incentive or assistance programs. Meetings take place at City Hall, generally over the noon hour.

Library Board of Trustees. There is one position for a term expiring on June 30, 2022. Candidates must be residents living in Morton County, outside the city of Mandan. Trustees assist in identifying library needs and help to improve services. Meetings are generally held the fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the library.

Parking Authority. Two positions are up for considerations for terms ending in 2022. Representatives must be downtown business owners or representatives. The committee is responsible for monitoring the status of parking availability and providing input to the City Commission, Police Department, Public Works and other city departments regarding enforcement, signing, maintenance and rental fees. The committee also helps develop solutions to parking issues that promote customer access to businesses. It meets as needed, generally two to four times per year at 7:45 a.m.

Renaissance Zone Committee. One position representing the financial sector in Mandan, and two positions representing the community at large are up for consideration for terms ending in 2022. Members may be representatives of the business community through ownership or employment with a Mandan business or Mandan residents. The committee makes recommendations regarding applications for property and state income tax exemptions for qualified investment in the purchase, rehabilitation, new construction and lease of commercial and residential properties in a 28-block area of downtown Mandan in accordance with state and local regulations. The committee meets a few times annually or as needed to consider applications received. Meetings take place at City Hall.

Visitors Promotion Fund Committee. Positions for two terms ending in 2024, and one term ending in 2023, are up for consideration. Members may be representatives of the business community or Mandan residents. The committee makes recommendations regarding applications for funding assistance related to travel and tourism facilities within the city. A portion of Mandan’s 1 percent restaurant and lodging tax revenue is set aside for tourism or toward the purchase, equipping, improving, construction, maintenance, repair, and acquisition of buildings consistent with visitor attraction or promotion. Committee meetings are held at varying times of the year depending upon funding requests, generally once or twice per year.

For membership lists and descriptions for city of Mandan volunteer advisory positions, visit www.cityofmandan.com/boards. Information is also available upon request at City Hall, 205 2nd Ave. NW, or by calling 667-3215.

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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