Princeton looking for community members to fill board and committee vacancies

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Wanted. A few good volunteers to serve on Princeton’s advisory boards and committees. No experience necessary.

That’s what the Princeton Council is seeking as it prepares to fill vacancies on a raft of advisory boards and committees that range from the Civil Rights Commission to the the Corner House Board and the Public Transit Committee.

Applications are available online at www.princetonnj.gov on the clerk’s web page. The deadline to apply is Dec. 18.

Mayor Liz Lempert and the Princeton Council make appointments to the town’s advisory boards and committees in January. Appointments also are made throughout the year as vacancies occur.

“We are seeking a diverse applicant pool,” Lempert said.

Prospective volunteers are encouraged to attend the meetings of the board or commission on which they might like to serve, she said.

“The primary mission of Princeton’s boards, commissions and committees is to advise the mayor and Princeton Council in our decision-making process through direct citizen participation,” Lempert said.

All meetings are open to the public.

Residents may volunteer to serve on the Princeton Animal Control Advisory Board, which works with the animal control officer regarding animal issues in Princeton – both domesticated animals and wild animals.

The Princeton Animal Control Advisory Board, which includes two citizens, Animal Control Officer James Ferry, Administrator Marc Dashield and a Princeton Council liaison, may recommend actions or best practices to address the issues.

The nine-member Princeton Bicycle Advisory Committee promotes and accommodates walking and bicycling as a mode of transportation. It also advises the council about the safety and location of future pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

The Princeton Civil Rights Commission, which has nine members, works cooperatively among people and groups to aid in the elimination of discrimination based on such issues as race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation and pregnancy.

The Princeton Corner House Board’s nine members makes recommendations to the mayor and council about the operations and administration of the Corner House, which is the municipal treatment and prevention agency that is focused on substance abuse.

The Princeton Flood and Storm Water Commission conducts studies and makes recommendations concerning flooding and storm water management issues.

The nine-member Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees is charged with administering, maintaining and overseeing the operations of the public library.

The five-member Princeton Public Transit Advisory Committee works with Princeton University and the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association to study and make recommendations to improve mass transit services.

The nine-member Princeton Planning Board reviews development applications and land use applications. It also recommends revisions to the town’s land use ordinance.

The mayor and council are also looking for someone to serve as the liaison to the LGBQT community.