Since getting involved in city matters several years ago I have had the pleasure of serving on Winter Park’s Code Enforcement Board, Tree Preservation Board, and now on the Planning and Zoning Board. Serving on city boards is a great way to better understand the realities we face as a city and community. I encourage every experienced and reasoned citizen to volunteer in this manner.
Our Mayor recently sent the email below. I write to encourage all those who support thoughtful and reasoned governance to participate in city affairs.
Please consider volunteering to serve on a city board. You will be glad you did.
Regards, Pete Weldon
SEEKING: Volunteer city board members
Please join 158 of the city’s highly-involved citizens by volunteering to serve on a city board. The City of Winter Park offers a variety of citizen boards that meet regularly to help the City Commission make decisions about various aspects of our city. From the list below, you are sure to find a board that aligns with your qualifications or specific area of interest:
Board of Adjustments
Civil Service Board
Code Enforcement Board
Community Redevelopment Advisory Board
Construction Board of Adjustments & Appeals
Economic Development Advisory Board
Ethics Advisory Board
Historic Preservation Board
Housing Authority Board
KWPB & Sustainable Advisory Board
Lakes & Waterways Advisory Board
Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Board
Planning & Zoning Board
Public Art Advisory Board
Tree Preservation Board
Utilities Advisory Board
Winter Park Firefighters’ Pension Board
Winter Park Police Officers’ Pension Board
These boards can provide a constructive outlet that can channel your passion and experience into city policy. In addition, volunteer service on a board is one of the best ways to sustain the things that we, as a community, treasure and help institute change in areas (if needed). Depending on which board you select and the level of participation you would like to devote, hours can range from one to four or more hours per month.
Each year in May after reviewing all of the applications, I nominate candidates to fill vacant board positions, subject to City Commission approval. If you are interested in serving as a board member, please visit cityofwinterpark.org > Government > Boards to review the types of boards the city offers and submit your application online by clicking here Board Application Form. Applications must be received by Friday, April 12, 2013, to be considered for the May 2013 appointments.
Once submitted, your application will be valid for one year and if vacancies occur during the year, your application will still be on file for consideration. Thank you for your interest in participating in our city government and getting involved. For more information, please call 407-599-3277.
Kenneth W. Bradley, Mayor
City of Winter Park
401 South Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789