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May 29th, 2009
Volunteers still sought for two city boards

STAFF REPORT

The City of San Marcos is asking for volunteers to serve on two city boards.

Five seats are open on the Minority Tourism Development Board and two are open on the Human Services Advisory Board.

“The City Council invites participation by people who have interests and varied experiences and backgrounds to select the most qualified volunteers matching the mission of the particular board,” said San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz.

The Minority Tourism Development Board oversees $68,465 from Hotel Occupancy Tax funds to promote minority tourism in San Marcos. The board reviews applications from organizations and makes recommendations to the City Council.

The board has two vacancies and three seats up for reappointment. Board members represent citizens, the hotel/motel industry, the food and beverage industry and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Human Services Advisory Board reviews funding applications from local social service agencies and makes recommendations to the city council. One board member must have a degree in social work and experience with social service administration. That seat is a non-voting position. The eight members serve staggered two-year terms.

In 2009, the City Council allotted $426,420 to local social service organizations.

All seats are volunteer positions and are unpaid. Members must take an oath of office and board members are subject to the same standards of ethical conduct contained in the San Marcos Code of Ethics.

In most cases, board members may serve no more than two consecutive terms on a board and may serve on only one city board at a time.

“While not every applicant may be selected for a particular board, we do ask volunteers to indicate their top three service areas so that we may reconsider names based on the pool of applicants at the time appointments are made,” Narvaiz said.

Narvaiz also added that the city council directed staff to do more to recruit and encourage a more diverse and larger pool of applicants, as boards act in an advisory capacity to the city council.

Vacancies are filled as needed, but the city council strives to fill all board appointments once a year during a November application process. Appointments are usually made in December.

Volunteers can apply online, or contact the San Marcos City Clerk at (512) 393-8090 for a board application form.

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