Boards and Commissions
Below are links to various Town Committees, Commissions, and Boards, including their members, terms and a brief description of their charge.
If you are interested in serving on a board or commission, please fill out the Public Service Application and submit to the Town Clerk's Office.
The following Boards, Commission and Boards have vacancies:
ARTS COUNCIL: to promote and encourage programs for the development of public awareness and interest in various art forms; such as fine and performing arts, the appreciation of the colonial past, and the heritage of various ethnic groups. This Council meets the second Wednesday of each month. The appointment is for five (5) members to March 1, 2019, one (1) member to fill an unexpired term to March 1, 2018, and five (5) members to March 1, 2018.
ASSET MANAGMENT COMMISSION: the purpose of this commission shall be to review all capital improvement and asset protection requests related to Town and School facilities, establish their priorities, determine funding levels and formulate a comprehensive capital improvement program and an asset protection plan to be presented to the Town Council. The commission shall be responsible for projecting major expenditures needed to maintain existing municipal and school facilities, projecting new public facilities and reviewing the five-year, ten-year, and twenty-year capital improvement and asset protection programs. To develop fiscal programs, generate innovative financing options and seek creative alternative funding for the capital improvement projects and asset protection projects. The appointment is for one (1) At-Large Representative to fill an unexpired term to July 1, 2018.
BUILDING CODE BOARD OF APPEALS: the board has the authority to hear appeals on interpretation, order, requirement, and direction by the building official and grant variances to the building code. This Board meets the first Wednesday of each month. The appointment is for one (1) Second Alternate Member to July 1, 2018.
CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION: to convene at the request of the Town Council to consider and make recommendations concerning any issue or issues relating to the Charter, or provisions thereof. The Commission meets at the call of the Chair. The appointment is for seven (7) members to December 31, 2018.
COMPENSATION COMMISSION: to review the compensation (including all payments and benefits) paid to the members of the Town Council and School Committee and recommend proposed levels of compensation to the Town Council. The appointment is for five (5) members for ninety (90) days from the date of appointment.
CONSERVATION COMMISSION: to promote and develop the natural resources; to preserve natural aesthetic areas within the Town; and to protect and conserve the environmental quality of the Town. This Commission meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The appointment is for two (2) members to October 1, 2019.
HARBOR MANAGEMENT COMMISSION: to recommend to the Town Council the adoption of rules, regulations, fees, penalties and other amendments to the Harbor Management Plan and its subsequent ordinances which may be necessary to fulfill the goals and objectives of the Harbor Management Plan; to recommend additional duties for the Harbor Division; to review and revise as necessary the Harbor Management Plan. The appointment is for one (1) Waterfront Property Representative, one (1) Public Access Representative, and one (1) Citizen At-Large Representative to March 1, 2019.
HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION: to review and act on all applications for alteration, construction, repair, removal or demolition of all structures and appurtenances located within the historic district; to review and make recommendations on all applications for the National Register of Historic Places and to promote the use of the historic district for the education, pleasure and welfare of the Town. The Commission meets on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The appointment is for one (1) Alternate Member to December 31, 2017. All new applicants must have a resume attached.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: the purpose of this committee shall be to assist in establishing standards and guidelines and implementation of Information Technology initiatives, trends, IT related projects, services and methods of communication with the public. The ITAC will advise the Town Council on these initiatives and submit quarterly progress reports to the Town Council. Members of the committee shall possess a working knowledge in an Information Technology field. The Committee is comprised of:
Three (3) Subject Matter Expert Members who have expertise in a particular area or topic of Information Technology. This would be a person with special knowledge or skills in a particular technology domain;
Two (2) At-Large Members who use Information Technology for their professional or personal use. (The appointment is for one (1) At-Large Member, one (1) Alternate At-Large Member, and one (1) Expert Member to March 1,
LEISURE SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE: to assist the Town in the development, enhancement, and operation of recreation and leisure services including, but not limited to, the golf course, Allen Harbor, and all recreational and park facilities. This Committee meets quarterly. The appointment is for two (2) members to fill unexpired terms to July 1, 2018.
PERSONNEL BOARD: to hear appeals from the disciplinary action ordered by the appointing authority. The Board meets at the call of the chair. The appointment is for one (1) member to March 1, 2017.
TREE WARDEN: to have the care and control of all trees and shrubs within the limits of any public road or grounds and within the limits of the Town except those roads under the control of the Rhode Department of Transportation and those in public parks and grounds under the control of the Department of Environmental Management. The person appointed must be or within six (6) months of assuming office, become "an arborist", licensed under Chapter 19 of the Rhode Island General Laws. The appointment is for one (1) year to March 1, 2018.
WICKFORD PLAN COMMITTEE: assisting with implementation of the Wickford Village Plan and participating in discussion of Wickford Village activities as warranted. The Commission meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The appointment is for two (2) members to December 1, 2018.
Applications must be received in the Town Clerk's Office on or before February 8, 2017 for consideration by the Town Council at the February 13, 2018 Council Meeting.
Applications are also available at the Town Clerk's Office, Planning Department and Library. Applications must be received in the Town Clerk's Office.
Boards, Commission and Committee's Handbook - adopted by the Town Council January 2008.
To view Membership Rosters of all Boards and Committees see below.