Apply to be appointed to a Town of Wakefield Committee - Deadline: April 18, 2018

Apply to be appointed to a Town of Wakefield Committee

Deadline: April 18, 2018

The Town of Wakefield is seeking residents who are interested in serving appointments to the various following committees:

  • Advisory Board of Public Works

Advisory Board of Public Works. The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a three (3) member Advisory Board of Public Works, who are suitably qualified, for terms of three (3) years each, so arranged that the term of one member shall expire each year. The Advisory Board of Public Works shall from time to time consult with the Town Administrator for the purpose of providing advice and assistance in the development of policy guidelines for the operation of the Department of Public Works, and perform other advisory functions related to the Department of Public Works as the Selectmen may direct.

  • Albion Cultural Exchange Committee

The Albion Cultural Exchange Committee has been charged with overseeing the refurbishment, scheduling and management of the building known as the Albion Cultural Exchange located at 9 Albion Street. It is anticipated that this Committee will continue to work with the Town Administrator and Board of Selectmen in helping to create an arts corridor in the Albion Street area. Meetings are held monthly usually on the first Wednesday of the Month. Also, Committee members are expected to staff events held at the Albion Cultural Exchange.

  • Board of Appeals

Board of Appeals hearings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month except when there is a conflict with a holiday or voting day in which case notice will be given for the new hearing date. The hearings take place in the first floor meeting room at the Town Hall unless otherwise noticed. Original hearing notice is always given through direct mail to abutters and newspaper publication and public posting for the general public. Continuances are only verbally noticed during the original and subsequent hearings on the matter.
The Board of Appeals has all of the powers and performs all of the duties conferred or imposed upon it under the applicable provisions of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and by the Town of Wakefield Bylaws. These powers include the power to hear and decide:
Appeals in accordance with MGL Chapter 40A, Section 8;
Applications for Special Permits;
Requests for Variances; and
Appeals from decisions of the Zoning Administrator.

  • Cable Advisory Board

The Cable Advisory works with the Board of Selectmen and Wakefield Cable Access Television to ensure that the citizens of Wakefield receive programming that is both educational and informative of happenings in Wakefield. The Cable Advisory Board also assists Town Counsel and the Board of Selectmen in the negotiation of Contracts with Wakefield’s three cable providers. The Board meets as needed.

  • Capital Planning Committee

Pursuant to the Town Charter the Capital Planning Committee recommends Capital expenditures to the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and ultimately Town Meeting. The Committee works toward the completion of a long term capital plan assessing the needs in all areas from Town vehicles to buildings to parks. The Committee meets often during the months February, March and April, sometimes on a weekly basis.

  • Conservation Commission

The Conservation Commission meets the First and third Thursday of every month as needed to review petitions from land owners and or developers in regards to projects that may require approval as defined by the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. The Conservation works closely with the Town Engineer and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Council on Aging

The duties of the Council shall include:
identify the total needs of the community's elderly population;
educate the community and enlist the support and participation of all citizens concerning these needs;
design, promote, or implement services to fill these needs or coordinate present existing services in the community;
promote and support any other programs which are designed to assist elderly persons in the community;
cooperate, so far as practicable, with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs; and, submit a copy of its annual report on its activities to the Board of Selectmen and shall submit a copy of its report to the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
The board has eight meeting per year and meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

  • Cultural Council

The purpose of the Wakefield Cultural Council is to support public programs that promote access, education, diversity, and excellence in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in Wakefield. The Council works closely with the Massachusetts Cultural Council to provide grant money to support these efforts. The Council meets as needed.

  • Commission on Disability Issues

The overall mission of the Commission on Disabilities is to address the needs and concerns of our disabled residents and promote their full participation in the activities and services of Wakefield. The Commission's role is to:
 Act as an advocate for the disabled community.
 Advise town officials to ensure compliance with federal, state, and town disability laws and regulations.
 Raise the awareness by providing information, assistance, and referrals to individuals, businesses, and organization pertaining to disability issues.
 Review and make recommendations on policies and activities of Wakefield departments and boards as they impact people with disabilities.
 Create a barrier free town.
 Promote accessible public transportation.
 Encourage accessible housing.
 Work to develop equal job opportunities for the disabled.
The Commission meets the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

  • Fence Viewer

The Fence Viewers work closely with the Building Inspector’s Office and the department of Public Works in advising neighbors who have disputes over the location and legality of the placement of fences. The Fence Viewers are referred these issues as they occur. In the event the Fence Viewers are so engaged, they submit a report to the Building Inspector.

  • Human Rights Commission

The mission of the Human Rights Commission is to promote the civil and human rights of all people in Wakefield. The goal is to reinforce positive relationships in the community and to create educational programs to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for diversity. Such educational activities help communities become more harmonious, respectful, and cohesive. Through working with other groups and agencies within our community, we will strive to eliminate prejudice and intolerance, promote mutual respect and human rights and accept individual differences. The committee meets every third Tuesday of the month at the WCAT Studio at 6:30 p.m

  • Permanent Building Committee

It shall be the responsibility of the Permanent Building Committee to oversee all projects for design, construction, reconstruction, renovation, alteration or enlargement of any building owned by the Town, or undertaken on land owned or leased by the Town, with an expected project and/or construction value of $100,000 or more. The Permanent Building Committee shall have the sole authority to procure engineering and architectural services, to award bids for construction, to enter into contracts on behalf of the Town with respect to matters within its authority and to administer such contracts in accordance with applicable law. Whenever land acquisition is or may be necessary for any project within its authority, the Permanent Building Committee shall study such proposed acquisition and report to Town Meeting thereon. Town Meeting may expand or limit the powers and responsibilities of the Permanent Building Committee with respect to specific projects.

  • Recreation Commission

The Recreation Commission shall be responsible for the evaluation of program activities, formulation of overall plans for the program development, and for the scheduling of Town parks and fields.

  • Individuals interested in serving on any one of these committees are asked to send an email with a resume and a statement of interest to Sherri Dalton at by Wednesday, April 18, 2018.