All aboard: Jackson County calling for residents to take part in government
Jackson County residents are being called on to fill some board vacancies, according to the county board website.
To apply, interested parties are asked to download and fill out a "Resume for County Board Appointment" form and send completed applications to the Jackson County Board Office, attention Committee Coordinator.
An executive committee will review the credentials of the applicants on the first Thursday of each month. As part of the process, applicants are made aware of when their resume will be up for review and may be asked to appear before the committee.
Vacancies are available with the Blairsville Public Water District, Buncombe Public Water District, Elvarado Water District, Farmland Assessment Review Commission, Jackson County Housing Authority and Jackson/Union Regional Port District.
All the positions are open until filled.
At a rate of $25 per meeting, Blairsville board members are responsible for providing oversight and control of all district functions. Members meet on the fourth Monday of every month.
Buncombe board members assume a five-year term with responsibilities including maintaining a meeting schedule for the board and interacting with governmental, public and private organizations, all aimed at ensuring maximum public welfare and benefit.
All seven board members on the Elverado district must reside within the water district, with responsibilities including annually organizing the board with a chair and vice-chair, and appointing a secretary and treasurer to ensure oversight and control of all district functions.
Board meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at the district’s Kathleen Road facility.
Farmland Assessment board members are responsible for advising the chief county assessment officer on the interpretation and application of the state-certified farmland values, guidelines and implementation. As part of their responsibilities, committee members are open to soliciting public input.
Jackson County Housing Authority board members are responsible for being part of the oversight team striving to ensure safe and quality housing for eligible members by making certain all resources are adequately being used.
The five-member committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the housing authority’s main office at 300 N. Seventh Street in Murphysboro. Board members are appointed to the Jackson County Housing Authority Commission.
Of the seven Jackson/Union Regional Port District members, two are appointed by the Jackson County Board.
Board members are responsible for developing and regulating the port’s harbor and facilities, issuing construction permits and maintaining public airports and airport facilities.
Board members are reimbursed for all expenses incurred while in the performance of their duties. Meetings are held once each month, with the schedule determined on an annual basis among committee members. The three-year term for the position commences on June 1, with regular meetings held at the office on Chautauqua.