LACONIA — There are currently 21 vacant positions — seven alternate seats and 14 regular seats — on a dozen municipal boards and commissions. City officials are encouraging residents to contribute to the governance of their community by volunteering to serve as either an alternate or regular member of a board and commission suited to their interest, experience and talent.
Regular members are those entitled to vote whenever they are present while alternate members may attend all meeting, but are only entitled to vote when there are an insufficient number of regular members present to constitute a quorum. Many volunteers consider serving as an alternate a way of preparing to become a regular member when the opportunity presents itself.
There are two vacant alternate positions on three boards — the Board of Assessors, Library Board of Trustees and the Zoning Board of Adjustment — and one alternate position to be filled on the Heritage Commission.
The Highway Safety Commission, Personnel Advisory Board, Trustees of the Trust Fund and Conservation Commission are all seeking to fill one regular position and there is a vacant alternate position on the Heritage Commission.
The Building Code Board of Appeals seeks two public members, one of whom must be an architect and the other an electrician.
There are five seats to be filled on the Lakeport Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) Advisory Board and three vacancies on the Weirs Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Advisory Board. Tax increment financing allows municipalities to define the boundaries of TIF districts, then apply a portion of the future tax revenues that accrue from the increase in assessed value generated by new construction, expansion or renovation of property in the district to either provide funds or service borrowings for public improvements within it. The advisory boards identify projects to be undertaken and recommend them to the City Council. Members of the TIF advisory boards must own property, reside in the district or own, manage or represent a business entity in the district. Residents of the city must constitute a majority of the advisory board.
In addition to these vacancies the terms of some members of boards and commissions will expire at the end of August. Although incumbents may request to be reappointed, members of the public are encouraged to apply for the positions if they are interested.
The terms of two regular positions on the Conservation Commission, one regular position on the Downtown TIF Advisory Board and two regular positions and two alternate positions on the Zoning Board of Adjustment are due to expire.