Have you ever wanted to have a say in how the city runs things? Some citizens get that opportunity by serving on civic boards.

If this is something that you are interested in doing, applications are now available, and the deadline to respond is Aug. 4.

Certain qualifications must be met in order to serve on the boards and appointments will be made by City Council during the Aug. 23 meeting.

“This is a perfect way for citizens to plug in and get involved in shaping our community,” said Tyler Mayor Martin Heines. “The City’s boards and commissions play a vital role in making recommendations to City Council.”

Citizens who are appointed to serve on a City of Tyler board or commission will serve voluntarily, without pay, for a two-year term. The boards and commissions include:

Regular Boards (Boards that meet monthly or bi-monthly)
Airport Advisory Board
Animal Care Advisory Board
Historical Preservation Board
Keep Tyler Beautiful Board
Library Board
Neighborhood Revitalization Board
Half-Cent Sales Tax Board
Parks Board
Planning Commission
North East Texas Public Health District Board
Traffic Safety Board

Periodic Boards (Boards that meet only as needed)
Board of Adjustment (Zoning)
Civil Service Commission
Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals
Disabilities Issue Review Board
Health Facilities Development Corp.
Industrial Development Corp.

“Boards and Commissions fulfill an important role in City government by evaluating issues which affect our community and making recommendations to the Council for needed action,” said City Manager Edward Broussard. “It is important that we get vacancies on the boards filled.”

Citizens interested in serving can download an application online at https://www.cityoftyler.org/Departments/CityClerk/BoardsCommission.aspx.

Applications can also be picked up at the City Clerk’s Office located in City Hall at 212 N. Bonner Ave. or applicants can call the City Clerk at (903) 531-1106 to have an application faxed or mailed.