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Posted on: May 1, 2019

Press Release: Volunteers needed for City Boards


Each of the following appointed city boards, committees and commissions has position(s) eligible for new appointment or vacancies.

Brookings Committee for People who have Disabilities
Number of positions: 3 – regular positions
1 – SDSU Student Representative
Term Length: 3 years (1-year for Student Representative)
Residency Requirement: Required for 7 members
Purpose: The Brookings Committee for People who have Disabilities strives to advocate for the rights of people who have disabilities in our community. Throughout the year, specific events are held to bring awareness and information to our citizens. Technical assistance is provided to the business community, private individuals, governmental entities and nonprofit organizations. This is a service not provided by any other entity in Brookings. The goals of this service are to improve the quality of life for people who have disabilities through enhancing the knowledge base of entities in the community; and to further serve as a community-based advocacy group enhancing the ability of local entities to comply with Federal Civil Rights legislation.

Brookings Historic Preservation Commission
Number of positions: 1
Term Length: 3 years
Residency Requirement: Required for majority
Purpose: The purpose of the Historic Preservation Commission is to allow the city to engage in a comprehensive program of historic preservation to promote the inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of the citizens of Brookings through identification, documentation, preservation, promotion, and development of the city’s historic resources.

Park & Recreation Board
Number of positions: 1 – SDSU Student Representative
1 – High School Representative
Term Length: 1 year (SDSU and High School student positions)
Residency Requirement: Not required
Purpose: The Park & Recreation Board provides advice to the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to assist in fulfilling the administering of the public park system, recreation programs and city forestry program. The Board also advises the City Council and makes recommendations on matters regarding park capital improvements and planning.

Planning Commission
Number of positions: 2
Term Length: 5 years
Residency Requirement: Required
Purpose: The City Planning Commission is responsible for the city comprehensive plan for the physical development of the city, including areas outside the boundaries of the city and within the planning jurisdiction.

Public Arts Commission
Number of positions: 1 (Chamber Representative)
Term Length: 3 years
Residency Requirement: Required for majority
Purpose: Public art enhances the built environment of a city and enriches the lives of its citizens. A dedicated funding source for an established program of public art enhances the reputation of a city and serves as a vehicle for attracting new businesses and citizens. A public art program encourages a community’s artists and citizens to engage in creative activities and artistic development. A public arts commission can develop and implement a unified public art strategy for a community.
The role of the Brookings Public Arts Commission is as follows:
1. To develop a unified public art strategy for the City of Brookings;
2. To advise the City Council and other community groups and agencies who are initiating a public art project concerning the proposed site, selection of a professional artist and commissioning of a public artwork;
3. To oversee the Public Art Fund;
4. To guide and monitor design development process through reviews at various stages to ensure artistic and design quality, integration with the site and relevance to the community;
5. To approve the final design prior to fabrication; and
6. To approve the final artwork, installation procedures, and maintenance plan prior to installation.

Sustainability Council
Number of positions: 1 SDSU Student Representative
Term Length: 1 year
Residency Requirement: Required for majority
Purpose: The purpose of the Sustainability Council is to investigate, propose, educate, communicate, and advocate investment strategies and policies that will improve our future quality of life while still meeting the needs of the present.

Traffic Safety Committee
Number of positions: 1 (Jogger/Bicyclist Representative)
Term Length: 3 years
Residency Requirement: Required for a majority
Purpose: The Traffic Safety Committee will develop and implement coordinated traffic safety programs that meet local needs; acting in an advisory capacity to the City Manager, City Engineer and the City Council as a whole in the coordination of traffic safety activities of the official agencies and departments of the City of Brookings; establishing safety priorities for the City; reviewing and approving project applications for funding; serving in a liaison capacity between the City of Brookings and the South Dakota Highway Safety Program in developing the State Highway Safety Program and in meeting the National Highway Safety Program Standards; promoting public acceptance of official programs proposed or instigated by the City; fostering public knowledge and support of traffic law enforcement and traffic engineering problems; cooperating with city schools in promoting educational traffic safety aids; educating the public in traffic safety; and generally aiding the overall reduction of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths on the city streets.

Applications for Appointment are available online at, or at City Hall, 520 3rd Street, Suite 230, or by calling (605) 692-6281. Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk not later than Friday, May 17, 2019.

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