A board order sponsored by Alderman at Large Bill White and Ward 6 Alderwoman Rebakah Gewirtz has revealed that many of
Somerville’s commissions need members.
Legislative number 193203, asked that the Director of Commissions prepare a report for the Board of Aldermen on the status of
Somerville commissions membership and activities and include in such report information on the following 4 items:
1. A list of the number of authorized members and vacancies for each commission,
2 A list of the commissions without sufficient appointed members to constitute a quorum so that they cannot meet,
3. The number of meetings held by each commission during calendar year 2011, and
4. Plans to fill vacant commission positions.
In her response, legislative number 193398, Director of Commissions Sonja Darai gives two detailed spreadsheets that include the commissions’ municipal code requirements on one (See that PDF here), the number of current members, their vacancies and information on their 2011 activities. According to this PDF, there are numerous commissions in the city of
Somerville with vacancies.
At the June 14th Board of Aldermen meeting, I volunteered (in-person to the Mayor, then via email) to serve on a commission of their choice. Given the quorum requirements for some, I would like to see them meet and serve the residents of Somerville.
I’ll be sure to update on any appointment I’m given, but I’m not keeping my hopes up as I was told this past weekend that a couple of department heads have commented that I’m “not a friend of the city.” I don’t know what this means, however, in the grand scale of what the city has to deal with, I’ve always seen myself as minimal. I’m always available via phone and email if someone would like to explain themselves.
Have you ever considered volunteering for a commission? Usually, they meet once a month (or as needed) with meetings lasting an hour or so. Take a peek at the vacancies and see if anything sparks your interest.