Vacancy update: SCAC seeking members (and student volunteers); status of other openings

by beth on March 4, 2021

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Last week, I shared news of boards and committees that need (or could use) new members. The landscape has changed a little, so I’m providing an update.

SCAC logoThe Southborough Cultural Arts Council asked me to share their call for volunteers. The Council is looking for some new members. They are also looking for a different kind of support:

if there are Southborough students (high school or college) looking to get some practical experience with social media and website maintenance, we would welcome their assistance.

They asked that anyone interested in either opportunity please email director@southborougharts.org.

Previously, I noted that two committees were without a quorum. On Tuesday night, that changed for one of them. Selectmen approved three new volunteers to serve on the Southborough Scholarship Advisory Committee. (That still leaves two seats open on the committee if anyone else wants to lend a hand.)

(image from golf club website)That leaves only one quorum-less committee, the Golf Course Committee. (You can read more about their revised responsibilities in my previous post.)

As I previously wrote, it looks like the Cable Television Committee and Open Space Preservation Commission could use some help. Currently they need to have all members present in order to make quorum.

Meanwhile, the Recreation Commission‘s needs aren’t about numbers. The commission is seeking a specific skill set to support their work. Last week, they put out a call last week for volunteers with a experience in Finance to apply. (Read those details here.)

Other committees with at least one open seat are: 

  • Board of Assessors
  • Cultural Arts Council
  • Historical Commission
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council

For more information on each board and its responsibilities, click here.

There are other committees that also have listed vacancies on the Town website, but appear to not really have openings for residents-at-large to be appointed.*

To apply for a seat on a committee (or indicate willingness to serve on one or more of multiple committees) fill out the Citizen’s Activity form here.

On Tuesday night, selectmen discussed ways to promote vacancies and help recruit new volunteers. As part of those efforts, the board will spotlight one or two committees per month during their meetings.

*Examples of vacancies listed which don’t appear to be real opportunities for the public at large: The Housing Authority’s vacancy needs to be filled by election. The Community Preservation Commission’s seats are reserved for members of Open Space and the Housing Authority. The Moderator has made clear in the past that he wasn’t seeking to fill the Advisory Committee to full 9-member capacity. And some, like the Public Safety Building Naming Subcommittee, appear to no longer be active.

(raised hands cropped from public domain image by Karen Arnold)

Updated (3/5/21 7:43 am): The website for the Citizen’s Activity Form went down sometime since I drafted this story. I’m sure that’s just a temporary server issue.

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