The County of Maui would like you to volunteer to be a member of one of their many boards and commissions. Yes, you.
“Positions are appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by the County Council and have terms lasting two to five years,” states a Nov. 18 county news release. “While no monetary compensation is provided for serving on a Board or Commission, the public’s participation helps provide an important government service.
Concerned about the way the Department of Liquor Control regulates bars and restaurants? Sign up for the Liquor Commission or the LC Board of Adjudication. Sick of Wailuku Town’s old and cracked sidewalks? Put your name in for the Maui Redevelopment Agency. Worried about the militarization of the Maui Police Department? The Police Commission could use a new member. Anxious about the future development of Olowalu (or any other portion of Maui for that matter)? Then ask for a seat on the Maui Planning Commission.
Granted, some of these panels aren’t exactly stepping stones to power. I mean, you can try to parlay a seat on the Kula Agricultural Park Committee into something big, but the best people sign up for these boards to give back some of their experience and insight to the community.
Applications are available online and “at the County Building in the Mayor’s Office and in the Information Booth in the main lobby; at all public libraries; at Council Services offices on Molokai and Lanai and in Hana; and at all Parks and Recreation Permit offices (Wailuku, Makawao, Lahaina, Kihei, Hana, Molokai and Lanai),” states the county news release. “Paper applications should be mailed to: Mayor Alan Arakawa, County of Maui, 200 South High Street, Ninth Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793, or faxed to (808) 270-7870.”
Go to Mauicounty.gov/boards for applications and a list of all boards and commissions needing members. The application deadline is Dec. 31, 2014.
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