Openings Still Available on Appointed Boards, Committees, and Commissions

The Town of Wakefield is seeking residents who are interested in being appointed to one of the various following boards, committees or commissions.  Applicants shall complete the Application for Appointment, and email the completed form along with a resume to Sherri Dalton, Executive Assistant by Thursday, March 30th, 2023. Appointments will be made in April 2023 by the Town Council.  Terms for the following committees are three-year terms from May 1, 2023 through April 30th, 2026. All Board/Committee/Commission meetings are currently held via Zoom virtual meetings and are video and audio recorded.

Advisory Board of Public Works

The Town Council 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 Town Council may direct.  Advisory Board meetings are held as needed and typically Monday nights at 7:00 p.m.

The Following are specific tasks to be undertaken by the Advisory Board:

  • Serve as the Solid Waste Advisory Committee
  • Develop, revise and/or update, as necessary, policies and procedures related to Rubbish and Recycling, Sanitary Sewer Connection Permits, Cemeteries, Parks, Playgrounds, and Recreational Areas
  • Review all Public Works Articles for Town Meeting and provide recommendations for each such article to the Town Administrator and Town Council
  • Serve as the Water and Sewer Advisory Committee
  • Recommend water and sewer rates to the Town Council
  • Hold hearings and make recommendations on petitions of residents for acceptance of private ways under the Betterment Act
  • Develop, revise and/or update, as necessary, public works policies and procedures
  • Hold public hearings with the Town Council as required on petitions to construct or alter utility lines in the Town of Wakefield and make recommendations regarding disposition of such petitions

Arts 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 and typically at 7:00 p.m.

Cable Advisory Board

The Cable Advisory works with the Town Council 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 Town Council in the negotiation of Contracts with Wakefield’s three cable providers.  The Board meets as needed

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 Town Council 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

Environmental Sustainability Committee

The Town of Wakefield recognizes that sustainable environmental practices are critical to protecting and enhancing the ecological and economic health of our community and surrounding areas. Addressing environmental and energy issues, such as resource conservation, waste reduction and energy efficiency, can contribute to the well-being of the Town and its businesses, residents and ecosystems. This committee will work with the Town Administrator, Town Departments, Boards, and Commissions to assist and advise on ways to encourage balanced and responsible environmental stewardship.  Meetings are typically held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m.  In addition to three-year terms there is also an opening to fill an unexpired term through April 30th, 2024.

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 Commission typically meets the third Tuesday of each month 7:00 p.m.  As needed are ad hoc meetings to plan events, through subcommittees, and the events themselves.

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.  Meetings are typically held on Thursday’s at 7:00 p.m.

Veteran Advisory Board

The Wakefield Veteran Advisory Board was established in 2012 to provide recommendations to the Town Administrator and oversee the operations of the Wakefield Veteran Services office. The Board brings accountability and provides a strong veteran voice to policies and procedures affecting Wakefield veterans.  Meetings are typically held the third Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 p.m.