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Tony LaRussa

After a vacancy on the township board of commissioners attracted seven applicants last month, North Huntingdon officials say they hope there is a similar desire among residents to serve on various boards and committees.

The township is seeking letters of interest from residents interested in filling 14 open positions. Applicants must be adult township residents. Commissioners will review the letters and make appointments in December and, if necessary, January.

“A lot of people don’t realize what goes on in local government or understand that the decisions made at the municipal level can often affect their lives more than the decisions made by the state and federal government,” said Richard Gray, the president of the board of commissioners.

“Serving on one of our boards or commissions is a way for people to have a say in many of the things that directly affect the services the township provides. Unfortunately, we sometimes have trouble finding people who are willing to get involved.”

Township manager John Shepherd said the various boards and commissions are a good way for people interested in getting involved in government at the “grass roots” level.

“The citizen advisory boards play a vital role to the township by providing guidance and recommendations in specific areas, such as planning and recreation,” Shepherd said. “The boards provide a way for interested citizens to become involved in local government by providing an opportunity to give back to the community.”

Gray noted that while the commissioners have the final say on most matters, the various boards and commissions often have a great deal of autonomy.

“We need energetic people to get involved,” he said. “And serving in one of these positions is a great way to get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of local government.”

Here’s a list of the available posts. All are unpaid.

Municipal authority

The five-member authority manage aspects of the township’s sanitary-sewage system including planning for future development and the rehabilitation of older systems. The authority meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. There are three openings, each with a five-year term.

Planning commission

The seven-member commission review plans for new developments, proposed changes to zoning classifications and update or implement the township’s comprehensive plan. It meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. There are two openings, each with a four-year term.

Zoning hearing board

The five members of the board primarily hear cases in which variances from the township’s zoning ordinance are being sought. The board meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 7 p.m. There are two openings, each with a five-year term.

Recreation board

The seven-member board works with the parks and recreation staff to plan and coordinate recreation programs. It meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. There are three openings, each with a five-year term.

Civil service

The commission conducts testing for entry-level positions with the municipality and for job promotions in the police department. The three-member commission meets on an as-needed basis. There’s an opening for a six-year term and one opening for alternate member, also with a six-year term.

Education services agency

The three-member agency provides guidance on the placement of crossing guards at school bus stops and near public schools. The agency meets on an as-needed basis. There are two openings, each with a three-year term.

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