Volunteers needed for committees

DEL MAR — With the terms of several members expiring at the end of the month, Del Mar is seeking volunteers for six of its citizen advisory committees. 

There will be one vacancy on the Sustainability Advisory Board at the end of April.

This committee was established to assist City Council in promoting clean and reliable energy and taking a leadership position in educating residents and businesses about energy-saving programs.

The six members work with other regional and municipal groups to seek combined efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. They also advise council on bills before the California Legislature that the city should take a position to support or oppose as they affect Del Mar and the region.

One Del Mar business owner can serve on this board.

Three terms also expire at the end of April on Parks and Recreation, which oversees city parks and open space areas such as Powerhouse and Seagrove parks, the river path and the tennis courts. The committee also works to improve access within and between the parks and the beach.

Members actively consider citizen requests, proactively pursue improvements in park areas and work with city staff to solve park deficiencies.

One of the seven members, who serve four-year staggered terms, may be a nonresident.

There are currently four vacancies on the Design Review Board, which is charged with preserving and improving the scenic amenities of Del Mar and protecting the city’s natural environment, scenic vistas and overall aesthetic quality.

The review process involves an evaluation of a structure’s placement and size, the materials and colors to be used, and in the case of a new structure, the type and extent of the proposed landscaping.

The seven-member board meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Members serve four-year staggered terms. Interested residents must file a financial disclosure statement. The term of the ex-officio member ends in November.

The Finance Committee currently has one vacancy, with two more coming in July.

Members, who serve three-year, overlapping terms, should be well-versed in financial matters and must file a financial disclosure statement.

One nonresident can serve on this nine-member committee, which reviews the annual budget, quarterly financial reports, annual audited financial statements and the city’s investment policy.

The Traffic Parking Advisory Committee has two vacancies, one of which can be filled by a Del Mar business owner.

This five-member group seeks to improve the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists by reviewing issues such as speeding, recurring regulatory violations, traffic congestion and parking problems.

Appointed members, who must file a financial disclosure statement, serve four-year overlapping terms.

The 10-member San Dieguito Lagoon Committee, which oversees the preservation and enhancement of the San Dieguito Lagoon on local and regional levels, has three vacancies.

Appointed members must file a financial disclosure statement.

The city is also seeking a resident to serve as the Del Mar representative on the San Diego County Water Authority. The position is currently vacant. The term ends in March 2017.

Hershell Price, who has served in the position since 2004, resigned in March to spend more time with his wife, Pam Slater-Price, who recently stepped down after 20 years on the County Board of Supervisors.

Applications for all positions are due by April 19, except for the DRB. The deadline for that committee has passed, but residents are encouraged to submit a form in the event sufficient applications weren’t received.

Current members whose terms are expiring must fill out a citizen interest form, available on the city website or in the clerk’s office at City Hall.

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