Council still seeks applicants to fill several commission seats
The city of Rosemount is looking for a few good men and women to serve on its commissions. The commissions advise the city council about various issues coming up in the community.
It's not a glamorous job but mayor Bill Droste said it's tremendously important.
"It gives (the council) another voice of residents and I put a tremendous value into their opinion," said Droste.
The current openings include two three-year terms on the parks commission; two three- year terms on the planning commission; and one three-year term on the utilities commission. The terms start April 1, 2011 and end March 31, 2014. There is also a six-year resident term available on the port authority. That term would start April 2, 2011 and end March 31, 2017.
Rosemount resident Bruno DiNella serves on the port authority and said he has enjoyed being part of the city's decision making.
"I've learned so much about government," said DiNella.
DiNella said while he's had to make some tough decisions on the port authority, in general he thinks the community is better for it.
"I was in favor of the Waterford Commons project. I felt the city needed to move ahead with the project," said DiNella.
The port authority, which acts as the city's economic development authority, decided to take property through eminent domain in 2008 for the Waterford Commons project. DiNella was part of that decision, which included several heated public meetings.
Despite receiving some harsh criticism for that decision, DiNella said overall his time on the port authority has been good.
"I wanted to help the city any way I could," said DiNella.
Droste, who served on the planning commission before he ran for office, said his experience on the board was an enlightening experience.
"It was interesting. I learned many, many things. It was nothing but a positive experience," said Droste.
Each commission serves the council in different ways.
The planning commission, which has five members, reviews and makes recommendations on land issues including future land planning, zoning, permitting and land use ordinances. The commission also develops the city's comprehensive plan, which it just finished last year. The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m.
The port authority serves as the city's economic development arm. The commission makes recommendations regarding economic and redevelopment projects intended to create new jobs and increase the tax base in Rosemount. The port authority meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m.
The parks and recreation department makes recommendations dealing with the parks system, including the development of new parks and the maintenance of current parks. The parks department meets the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
The utility commission supervises the operations of Rosemount's publicly owned water, sanitary sewer, and storm water utilities. The utility commission meets the second Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m.
Commissioners receive a $35 stipend for each regular meeting they attend.
City clerk Amy Domeier said so far the city has received two applications.
The city council will interview applicants in March and then appoint applicants at one of the March city council meetings.
Applications to serve on a commission are due by Feb. 25. Applications are available at online at www.ci.rosemount.mn.us. For more information, call city clerk Amy Domeier at 651-322-2003 e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.