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Residents sought to fill vacant posts

The town of Fairfield is seeking Fairfield residents who are interested in being considered for appointed positions on the following boards and commissions.

Due to political party balance requirements as specified in the Town Charter, some positions have party restrictions.

Residents interested in being considered as a candidate for any of these positions should contact Kathleen Griffin in the First Selectman’s Office at kgriffin@town.fairfield.ct.us or 203-256-3030.

Vacancies on boards and commissions

Affordable Housing Committee

The Affordable Housing Committee is responsible for studying the need for affordable housing in Fairfield; making an inventory of sites within the town that may be suitable for affordable housing and tracking the availability of those sites; and studying sources of funds for affordable housing.

• Appointed by Board of Selectmen

• Three vacancies

• Any registered voter except Democrat

• 4-year term (one expiring Nov. 2013, two expiring Nov. 2015)

• Meets third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.

 

Board of Assessment Appeals

The Board of Assessment Appeals is an elected body consisting of up to five volunteer residents authorized under Connecticut law to revise individual property assessments. Residents who disagree with their real estate, motor vehicle, or business personal property assessments can petition the Board of Assessment Appeals to revise their assessments.

• Appointed by Board of Selectmen

• Two vacancies

• Both vacancies must be filled by Democrats. These are elected positions and will be up for re-election in Nov. 2013.

• Candidates must be able to commit to attending about 15 meetings in March for personal property and real estate appeals; one meeting in September for motor vehicle appeals; and one organizational meeting in December.

 

Historic District Commission

The Historic District Commission is an appointed board of seven volunteer residents who vote on alterations to properties that are within the town’s three historic districts in Greenfield Hill, Southport and the Old Post Road by downtown Fairfield. The Historic District Commission must approve nearly any change to a property that is within a historic district if that change is visible from a public street, assuming natural barriers, such as shrubs and trees, are not in place, since they can be removed.

• Appointed by Board of Selectmen, approved by the RTM

• Two vacancies (both alternates)• Any registered voter

• 5-year term (expiring Nov. 2013 and Nov. 2014)

• Meets second Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m.

 

Housing Authority

The Town of Fairfield Housing Authority is responsible for providing decent, safe and sanitary housing for seniors, disabled or low- income Fairfield residents. The Authority works in accordance with HUD, the government’s Housing and Urban Development program, which works to provide better living standards for those who might not be able to secure them on their own.

• Appointed by Board of Selectmen

• One vacancy

• Any registered voter except Democrat

• 5- year term (expiring Nov. 2017)

• Meets second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.

 

Land Acquisition Commission

The Land Acquisition Commission, established by a town ordinance in 1997, is charged with investigating land that could be purchased by the town for active and passive recreation use.

• Appointed by Board of Selectmen

• Two vacancies (both alternates)

• Any registered voter

• 4-year terms (expiring Nov. 2014 and Nov. 2016)

• Meets first Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

 

Shellfish Commission

The Commission has jurisdiction over about 1,000 acres of sea beds in Fairfield and works with the town’s Conservation Department.

• Appointed by Board of Selectmen

• One vacancy

• Any registered voter

• 4-year term (expiring Nov. 2014)

• Meets second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

 

Water Pollution Control Authority

The Water Pollution Control Authority is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the town’s wastewater treatment plant, compost facility, eight pump stations and more than 205 miles of sewer lines. The wastewater treatment plant discharges 10 million gallons of treated effluent per day to Long Island Sound. More than 95% of pollutants are removed and 5,000 tons of sludge are generated per year, which is mixed with discarded leaves and brush and composted into an organic soil amendment.

• Appointed by Board of Selectmen

• Two vacancies

• Any registered voter

• 4-year terms ( expiring Nov. 2013 and Nov. 2015)

• Meets fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

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