WEST NEWBURY — Looking for a chance to get more involved in community in the upcoming year? Several municipal boards and committees are looking for residents willing to serve.
Volunteers are needed on the Energy Advisory Committee, which reviews the operation of town buildings, vehicles and equipment as a way to identify energy savings for the town and residents. Educating the public on the fiscal and environmental benefits of energy efficiency is also part of the committee’s charge.
The West Newbury Cultural Council is a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council that offers yearly grants for events related to the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Members review the applications and select which organizations, artists and events will receive funding.
A member is needed for the Capital Improvements Committee, which reviews proposed capital projects and purchases and makes recommendations at the annual Town Meeting.
Two associate members are needed for the Historic District Commission. The commission is to be made up of a member from the Historical Society; a member nominated by the Chapter of the American Institute of Architects covering the area; a member from the Massachusetts Board of Realtors; and a member nominated by the Planning Board. The committee oversees and rules on any activity that takes place in the town’s historic district.
An associate member is also needed for the Zoning Board of Appeals, which is a regulatory panel that holds public hearings on applications for special permits to allow certain uses that require discretionary approval.
Volunteers are needed for the Cable Advisory Committee, whose job it is to inform the town on the cable services available and field any related questions, keep abreast of cable programming, meet with cable companies as warranted, and advise on the cable franchising process.
For more information, call 978-363-1100, ext. 113.