Town Seeks Volunteers To Fill Spots On Boards, Committees, and Commissions

Photo: The portal for volunteers to fill board and committee positions

The annual appointment process for residents who want to be part of Belmont town governance is underway.

“We are always looking for more volunteers to serve on committees,” said Select Board Chair Roy Epstein at a recent meeting.

Here is just a partial list of boards, committees, and commissions where there are openings:

  • Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Community Path Project Committee
  • Youth Commission
  • Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion Implementation Committee
  • Historic District Commission
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Planning Board
  • Recreation Commission
  • Shade Tree Committee
  • Council on Aging, and more.

“There is a wide range of skills, backgrounds, and desire to serve in some combination, making effective committee members,” said Epstein. “So if you’re all interested in helping your town and, actually, having what’s for many people is a very rewarding experience, go to the volunteer portal on the town’s website and volunteer for committees. We’d be happy to consider you,” said Epstein.

Harness Your Interests by Applying for a Belmont Town Committee

Have an interest in human rights? Do you love spreading the word on conservation? Is culture your thing? If you do possess these or many other skills and interests, the town’s leaders would like for you to consider using these talents to help run the town.

The Belmont Board of Selectmen has begun its annual committee appointment process. Soon, the selectmen will be making appointments to fill terms that are set to expire in 2014 and those that have been left vacant by resignations. Although an uncompensated position, the Board of Selectmen places a high value on committee contributions, and recognizes the critical role that committees play in shaping Belmont’s future.

The Board is looking for residents with a variety of talents and backgrounds who are willing to make the commitment to serving on a committee. Residents with no past committee service, past committee members, and current committee members interested in re-appointment are all encouraged to apply.

The number of appointments to be made, time commitment needed and preferred qualifications varies from committee to committee. The committees with vacancies or members with terms expiring in 2014 are:

  • Cable Television Advisory Committee
  • Community Preservation Committee
  • Conservation Commission
  • Council on Aging
  • Cultural Council
  • Disability Access Commission
  • Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • Education Scholarship Committee
  • Energy Committee
  • Historic District Commission
  • Housing Trust
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Land Management Committee for Lone Tree Hill
  • Municipal Light Advisory Board
  • Permanent Audit Committee
  • Planning Board
  • Property and Casualty Insurance Advisory Committee
  • Recreation Commission
  • Registrars Of Voters
  • Shade Tree Committee
  • Traffic Advisory Committee
  • Vision 21 Implementation Committee
  • Water Advisory Board
  • Zoning Board of Appeals

To be considered for appointment to any committees appointed by the Board of Selectmen, please fill out a Community Volunteer Interest Form that may be obtained from the Selectmen’s Office (second floor of Town Hall) or on the town’s website

2014 Committee Appointments – June 9-2.

Submit completed interest forms along with any other supporting documentation to the Office of the Board of Selectmen / Town Administrator or via e-mail to selectmen@belmont-

Completed interest forms will be kept on file for one year. Please note that applying to be a committee member is not a guarantee of appointment. The Board of Selectmen will make all appointments in public meetings this summer.

Questions about committees or this appointment process may be addressed to Public Information Specialist Bob Reardon Jr. in the Office of the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator.