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Posted on: November 9, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City of Bismarck Boards, Commissions, Authorities Looking to Fill Vacancies

Nine entities that support local government operations for the City of Bismarck have vacancies that can be filled by any interested residents.

The entities include boards, commissions and local authorities: 

  • Animal Advisory Board – Seven-member board to advise Bismarck Police Department on companion animal policies, promote collaboration between the City and private citizens, institutions, and agencies interested in conducting activities relating to companion animals in the city, to identify proactive, creative approaches to engage and facilitate communication and education within the companion animal community and to foster and assist the development of companion animal programs in the community. 
    • 2 terms ending in 2022
  • Board of Adjustment – Six-member board to decide appeals from an order, requirement, or determination made by an administrative official of the City of Bismarck
    • 2 terms ending in 2022
  • Forestry Advisory Board – Twelve-person member board that advises and assists the City Forester in the selection, planting, maintenance, protection and removal of trees on streets, in parks, and on other public property in the City.  
    • 2 terms ending in 2022
  • Historic Preservation Commission – Seven-member board that carries out matters related to the Historic Preservation Ordinance of the City of Bismarck
    • 2 terms ending in 2022
      • Candidates must be associated with one of the disciplines (architecture, history, architectural history, planning archeology), or other historic preservation-related disciplines such as American studies, American civilization, cultural geography or cultural anthropology. 
  • Human Relations Committee – Nine-member committee that assists in creating an atmosphere of inclusion, equality and accessibility through education and outreach to recognize the value of a diverse community.  
    • 3 terms ending in 2022
  • Parking Authority – This authority provides convenient, reasonably-priced parking to the Downtown Parking District via approximately 1,754 parking spaces including four ramps and two surface lots. 
    • 1 term ending in 2022
      • Must be a property owner within the Parking Authority Boundary
  • Planning and Zoning Commission – 11-member commission that hears requests for subdivision plats, zoning changes, zoning ordinance text amendments, annexations, special use permits, and rural lot splits. 
    • 3 terms ending in 2022
      • 2 members must reside within the City of Bismarck
      • 1 member must reside within the Extraterritorial Area
  • Renaissance Zone Authority – Seven-member board that makes recommendations on requests for designation as a Renaissance Zone project. Also provides guidance on Downtown Design Review and other activities impacting the core of the community.  
    • 2 terms ending in 2022
  • Vision Fund Committee – This committee coordinates applications for economic development.  
    • 1 term ending in 2022

“These entities help fill a significant role in advising the City Commission on key issues in our community. The departments that provide personnel to support the various boards and committees are truly grateful for the volunteers that help guide our organization,” said City Assistant Administrator Jason Tomanek. “Many people may be intimidated by these groups, but outside of some specific prerequisites for a handful of groups, the biggest thing an interested individual needs to bring to the table is a willingness to serve their community.” 

Interested individuals may apply online throughout the month of November. After the application window has closed, applicants will be contacted by a representative from their applied entity. For more information about the boards, commissions and authorities, contact the City of Bismarck Administration at (701) 355-1300.  

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