Commission spots up for grabs in San Marcos

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos officials are encouraging residents to apply for a host of openings on various city commissions.

With the exception of the Planning Commission, city commissions are boards that make recommendations or advise the City Council on a variety of activities. The Planning Commission, however, has decision-making authority on land-use matters, even though residents can appeal its decisions to the City Council.

Five seats are open on the Planning Commission, a seven-member board with two alternates. The other potential openings are as follows:

• Three positions are open on City’s Community Services Commission, which has the responsibility of making recommendations and advising the City Council in matters pertaining to the creation, operation, maintenance, management and control on the community recreation programs, of playgrounds and indoor and outdoor recreation, activities and facilities.

• The San Marcos Community Foundation has four open seats. The Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation providing financial and other assistance program benefiting the City of San Marcos or its residents. The foundation provides grants to a wide variety of nonprofit groups.

• One position is open on the Student Neighborhood Relations Commission. Designed to foster positive communication and partnership between students, residents and businesses, commissioners engage in discussions, solicit community input and recommend actions to promote collaboration, tolerance and mutual respect in the City’s neighborhood communities.

• Four vacancies are open on the Traffic Commission, which is responsible for evaluating and making recommendations to City Council and staff regarding the implementation of traffic safety measures and for improving traffic conditions in San Marcos.

The deadline to apply for each of these openings is Dec. 22 at 5:30 pm.

Appointments will be made after public interviews are conducted by the City Council during its regular meeting Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.

Candidates should be prepared to provide a brief presentation discussing their background and qualifications for the desired position.

Detailed eligibility requirements, application instructions and interview requirements are available on the City’s website or by visiting 1 Civic Center Drive.

For more information about applying for a vacancy, contact the San Marcos City Clerk at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3145.

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