Residents Wanted to Serve on City Boards and Committees

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Watertown has openings on several City boards and committees, including the Council on Aging, Traffic Commission, Watertown Housing Authority, Board of Assessors, Cultural Council, and the Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee.

The City sent out the following announcement:

City Manager George J. Proakis is seeking Watertown residents interested in serving on the following City Boards, Commissions and Committees with appointment dates in May 2024 in accordance with Ordinance # 2007-46, an Ordinance on the Timing and Process of Appointments to City Boards, Commissions and Committees. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest accompanied by a resume or other information concerning background or experience by email to or City Manager’s Office, 149 Main Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.

Traffic Commission

Vacancy/Term:  One Member, Two Year Term 

Description: The duties and responsibilities of the Traffic Commission shall include: study the traffic situation in the City and shall suggest and advise the City Manager in ways and means to regulate traffic in the City and recommend changes and amendments to the Traffic Rules and Orders of the City with a view towards reducing accidents and relieving traffic congestion.   The Traffic Commission meets the last Wednesday of each month. One current member holding the position wishes to serve another term.

Board of Assessors

Vacancy/Term:  One Member, Three Year Term    

Description: The Board of Assessors are responsible for the fair and equitable valuation of all real and personal property.  Candidates should have background in assessment administration, real estate appraisal, law, or related fields.  Board meets as needed.  One current member holding the position wishes to serve another term.

Watertown Housing Authority

Vacancy/Term  :  One Member – Five Years    

Description: Commissioners are responsible for establishing operating procedures and policies for the Authority. Persons with an understanding and appreciation for the housing needs of low-income residents in the community are encouraged to apply.  The Housing Authority meets the second Monday of each month.

Council on Aging

Vacancy/Term:  Three Members, Three Year Term   

Description: The Council on Aging identifies needs and interests of older residents in Watertown, educates the community about the needs of seniors, formulates policies, and promotes services and programs to meet senior needs and work with professional staff and volunteers to provide programs.  Board meets the second Wednesday of each month. Two current members holding the position wishes to serve another term.

Cultural Council

Description: Cultural Council exists to promote the Arts in Watertown by distributing state-allotted money to approved artists/artistic organizations each year.  Duties of council members include review and discussion of grant applications once a year, administration of funds, record and bookkeeping, and on-going communication with the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Candidates should have an interest in promoting cultural enrichment. Council meets as needed.

Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee

Vacancy/Term:  Two Members, Three Year Term  

Description: The Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee will assist the City in improving the operational efficiency, flexibility, and capacity of the Public Works Department to meet the City’s growing needs to manage contractors, respond to work order requests, oversee development projects, plan and implement infrastructure improvements, improve communications to residents about road construction, comply with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) 2030 Solid Waste Management Plan, and maintain complete streets infrastructure. Consider what technology platforms are needed to support the Department.

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