Wednesday, September 2, 2015        

Boards & Commissions

 

Smithfield Boards & Commissions The Town of Smithfield is seeking volunteers to serve on various boards and commissions. These boards and commissions act as an an advisory committee to the Town Council. Town residents with an interest in serving on any of these boards or commissions are encouraged to apply.  Meetings are generally held once a month on a weeknight; see each individual listing below for more detailed information.  To see a schedule of meetings for each board or commission, please visit the Town calendar.
   

September 2, 2015: The Town of Smithfield is seeking volunteers to serve on various boards and commissions. These boards and commissions act as an an advisory committee to the Town Council. Town residents with an interest in serving on any of these boards or commissions are encouraged to apply. Meetings are generally held once a month on a weeknight. See list of vancancies below:

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest to the Town Manager’s Office, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 along with an application form that can be obtained on this page or at the Town Hall in the Town Manager’s office. A letter of interest may contain your interest or experience in the field of each particular board or commission that you are applying for and, optionally, résumé information.

Application Form • Re-Application Form

Vacancies

Planning Board The Smithfield Town Council is seeking local applicants for the Planning Board. The Planning Board shall act in an advisory capacity to the Town Council in all matters concerning the physical growth and development of the Town and affecting the health, safety, and general welfare of the people and the economy of the Town, and shall perform such related functions as may be required now and hereafter by Ordinance or State law. The general duties are as follows:

• The Board shall make studies and prepare plans and reports in accordance with the purpose of said Board. Such studies, plans and reports shall concern but shall not necessarily be limited to the following:
• Land use and land use regulation;
• Transportation facilities;
• Public facilities including recreation areas, utilities, schools, fire stations, police stations and others;
• Blighted areas including the designation of general areas for redevelopment, renewal, rehabilitation or conservation;
• Problems of housing and the development of housing programs;
• Environmental protection;
• Natural resource conservation;
• Protection from disaster;
• Economic and social characteristics of the population;
• Preservation of historic sites and buildings; and
• Economic development.
• Prepare capital budget; capital improvements.
• Prepare subdivision regulations.
• Prepare Comprehensive Plan
• Adopt said Comprehensive Plan.
• Modify Comprehensive Plan Zoning matters; other referrals.
• Other duties. 

Zoning Board of Review (alternate member)

The Smithfield Town Council is seeking local applicants for the Zoning Board of Review.
There shall be a Zoning Board of Review consisting of five (5) members, appointed by the
Town Council from among the qualified voters of the Town each to hold office for a term of five years with terms so arranged that one (1) member shall be appointed each year. The
Council shall each year name two (2) alternate members of said Board who shall sit as active members whenever required. The Zoning Board of Review shall have such powers and duties as may be required now and hereafter by Ordinance or State law. Duties include:

• To hear and decide Appeals in a timely fashion where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative officer or agency in the enforcement of interpretation of this Ordinance.
• To hear and decide Appeals from a party aggrieved by a decision of an Historic District Commission, when and if historic district zoning is established in the Town.
• To authorize upon Application, in specific cases of hardship, variances in the application of the terms of this Ordinance.
• To authorize upon application, where specified in this Ordinance, Special Use Permits.
• To refer matters to the Planning Board, Planning Department, Town Engineer, or to other boards or agencies of the Town as the Board may deem appropriate, for findings and recommendations.
• To provide for issuance of conditional zoning approvals where a proposed Application would otherwise be approved except that one (1) or more state or federal agency approvals which are necessary are pending. A conditional zoning approval shall be revoked, upon motion of the Board, after a public hearing with due notice, in the instance where any necessary state or federal agency approvals are not received within a specified time period.
• To hear and decide such other matters, according to the terms of this Ordinance or other statutes, and upon which the Board may be authorized to pass under this Ordinance or other statutes.

Asset Management Commission: The Smithfield Town Council is seeking local applicants for the Asset Management Commission. The general duties and purposes of the Asset Management Commission are as follows:

1. Compile an inventory of all land and buildings owned by the Town.

2. Assess the condition of all buildings and establish and prioritize the need for major repairs or renovations.

3. Prepare and present to the Town Council a list of Town-owned property that could be sold or transferred. The Commission shall identify and recommend sites to be acquired for projects identified on the priority list.

4. Prepare with input from all departments of Town government a list of projected capital expenditures for five and ten year periods; prioritize the list and recommend sources of funding. The Commission shall annually report to the Town Manager and Town Council its recommendations.

5. Conduct the initial review of any project for which a Town department seeks funding, including planning, cost estimates for the project, and future operating costs associated with the project. This initial review shall be done by the Commission with assistance of the department making the request. Any building committee designated to build the project shall include representatives from the Asset Management Commission. All building committees shall be appointed by the Town Council.

6. The Commission on request of the Town Council may perform other specified tasks. The Town Manager shall provide necessary resources to the Commission to carry out its responsibilities.

Applications can be obtained in pdf format (linked above) or by calling the Town Managers office at 233-1010. To apply, submit a resume and the application form to the Town Managers office, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917.

Sewer Authority:  The Smithfield Town Council is seeking local applicants for the Sewer Authority.  The Board will have the following powers and duties: 

  1. To insure proper removal and disposal of sewage wastes and wastewaters within the contributing areas of the Town of Smithfield.
     
  2. To insure the proper operation and maintenance of interceptors, the sewage treatment plant and other sewerage works within said Town.
     
  3. To provide for keeping adequate records of sewers, appurtenances and connections thereto, the following rules and regulations (comprising Articles I through XIII) which may be amended from time to time, governing the construction, use, repair, alteration, and discontinuance or abandonment of sewers and the substances to be discharged directly or indirectly into and through sewers and appurtenances of the public sewerage system of the Town of Smithfield, are adopted by the Town of Smithfield Sewer Authority as provided by Chapter 96 of the Public Laws of the State of RI, January Session, 1973 (as amended) creating and authorizing said Authority to prescribe rules and regulations relative to the regulation of, construction of, use of, discharge of substances into connections to the sewage works.

Applications can be obtained in pdf format (linked above) or by calling the Town Managers office at 233-1010. To apply, submit a letter of interest and the above application form to the Town Managers office, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917.

Historic Preservation Commission:  The Smithfield Town Council is seeking local applicants for the newly enacted Historic Preservation Commission.  The Commission will have the following powers and duties:

  1. Establish criteria for evaluating historical, architectural or cultural sites, buildings, places, landmarks or areas so as to determine their value in terms of the national, state or local importance;
  2. Conduct and maintain a comprehensive inventory of historic resources within the boundaries of the Town of Smithfield which shall be known as the Smithfield Historic Inventory, and publicize and periodically update said inventory. Properties listed on the inventory shall be recorded on official zoning records with an “HI” (for historic inventory designation).  This designation shall not change or modify the underlying zoning classification;
  3. Initiate and maintain the Smithfield Register of Historic Places.  This official register shall be compiled of buildings, structures, sites and objects which are included on the Smithfield Historic Inventory and which are identified by the Commission as having historic significance worthy of recognition and protection by the Town of Smithfield.  The Commission shall encourage and assist, where possible, efforts by owners to maintain, rehabilitate, and preserve such properties;
  4. Review nominations to the Smithfield Register of Historic Places according to criteria and standards which the Commission shall adopt as part of its rules;
  5. Review proposals to demolish historic structures as defined herein;
  6. Participate in, promote and conduct public information, educational and interpretive programs pertaining to Smithfield’s historic resources;
  7. Establish liaison support, communication and cooperation with federal, state, and other local government entities which will further historic preservation objectives, including public education within the town of Smithfield.
  8. Advise the Town Council and the Town’s Boards, Commissions and officials on matters of Smithfield history and historic preservation;
  9. Perform other related functions assigned to the Commission by the Town Council; and
    Review nominations of Smithfield properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Applications can be obtained in pdf format (linked above) or by calling the Town Managers office at 233-1010. To apply, submit a letter of interest and the above application form to the Town Managers office, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917.

Affordable Housing Advisory Board: The Town of Smithfield is seeking volunteers to serve on the Affordable Housing Advisory Board. The Board is an advisory committee to the Town Council and the Planning Board and persons with an interest in affordable housing are encouraged to apply. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.For more information, see the Affordable Housing Advisory Board page or contact the Planning Department at 233-1017 or to apply, submit a letter of interest and the above application form to the Town Managers Office, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917.

Financial Review Commission:  The duties of the Commission shall include but not be limited to the following tasks:

  1. Verify revenue estimates;
  2. Monitor expenditures;
  3. Review monthly reports that detail the Town’s current financial condition;
  4. Receive and review the annual audit report and monitor the Town’s compliance with recommendations;
  5. Review the Town’s operations as necessary and make recommendations where applicable to improve productivity and/or reduce costs;
  6. Issue a report semi-annually to the Town Council and School Committee as to the financial health of the Town. In addition, the Board should notify Town officials immediately if it appears the Town is in danger of incurring deficits, budgetary problems, or cash flow problems which will prevent Smithfield from meeting its obligations as they come due.

Applications can be obtained in pdf format (linked above) or by calling the Town Managers office at 233-1010. To apply, submit a resume and the application form to the Town Managers office, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI02917.


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