Citizens Volunteer To Serve City Of West U
A special meeting of the West University Place City Council will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday September 3 to discuss appointments to the citizen advisory boards and committees that shape city policy and planning.
The West U Council has received “an unprecedented number” of applicants for those posts this year, said City Manager Michael Ross, due in large part to the council’s effort to recruit more citizen volunteers.
The council recently voted to direct city staff and city attorney Alan Petrov to take the necessary steps to expand the membership of West U’s Parks and Recreation Board from seven to nine members.
Due to a concerted effort by recently elected City Councilmen George Boehme and Steven Segal, 96 West U residents submitted applications to serve on a variety of boards and commissions.
“We have had an overwhelming response from residents who want to participate on the boards and commissions. We have 96 applicants, which is the highest number in history,” Ross said.
Boehme said the council decided to undertake “a recruiting effort” to get more West U residents interested in serving on the city’s boards and commission.
“I pushed from the very beginning that we needed new blood, and that we had a shortage of women,” Boehme said. “We’ve had some 27 female applicants, which we’ve never had before.”
“We now have some incredibly qualified people who have offered to serve the city. Two years ago, they just didn’t have enough people,” Boehme said.
Boehme said he is particularly pleased that 5 West U women have volunteered to serve on the city’s Board of Adjustments and Standards. That board has never had a woman member.