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It’s that time again when the City looks to fill open seats on boards and committees. Without these volunteers, the City would not be able to function. Please consider giving an occasional few hours of your time to keep Sanford running smoothly.

The Airport Advisory Committee has three openings: two each for a 3-year term for a York County resident who may or may not hold a pilot’s certificate, and one (1) to fill an unexpired term ending 12/31/22 for a Person who holds a valid pilot’s certificate and who operates an aircraft that is based at the Sanford Regional Airport. This person need not be a resident of Sanford. The Airport Advisory Committee studies, researches and develops all aspects of the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport so as to strengthen and improve all phases of its present and future use, operation and expansion; and makes recommendations to the Airport Manager.

The Budget Committee has four openings, each for a one-year term. These four members of the Budget Committee are Voters appointed at large by the City Council; the three other members of the Budget Committee are members of the City Council, as designated by the City Council. The Budget Committee plays a key role in creation of the City’s annual budget. It meets several times in the late winter/early spring to review and recommend changes to the municipal and school budgets.

The Board of Appeals has one opening for a 3-year term. The Board of Appeals meets as necessary to hear and decide administrative and dimensional variance appeals.

The Board of Assessment Review has five openings, each for a 3-year term. The Board meets as necessary to review and rule on appeals duly filed in writing by taxpayers regarding any tax assessment made by the Tax Assessor.

The Planning Board has one opening for a 3-year term. The Planning Board reviews and acts upon all subdivision requests; hears and decides “conditional use” permit requests; and helps draft or amend relevant land use ordinances; and reviews and assists in developing policy, goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Board generally meets twice a month, on the first and third Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Training sessions and workshops are occasionally scheduled.

The Land Bank Commission has one opening for a five-year term. The Land Bank Commission works with the Community Development Director to oversee the Sanford Land Bank Authority, which is responsible for addressing dangerous buildings that detract from the value of real estate and impact the safety and quiet enjoyment of neighboring people and properties; ensuring there are safe and affordable places to live; and expediting the transition of abandoned and foreclosed properties back to value-producing real estate. The Land Bank Commission generally meets once a month, on a Wednesday morning at 8:45 a.m.

The Sanford Housing Authority Board of Commissioners has two openings, each for a 3-year term. One opening is for a tenant representative and one opening is for a member at large. The mission of the Housing Authority is to provide decent, safe and affordable housing to eligible low-income applicants within its jurisdiction.

For applications, contact Lorisa Ricketts in the City Manager’s office at 324-9173 or by email at lkricketts@sanfordmaine.org, or by visiting the City’s website: www.sanfordmaine.org. Please mail applications to: City of Sanford, Attn: Lorisa Ricketts, 919 Main Street, Sanford, ME 04073.

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