The city of Powell is looking for residents to fill vacancies on three of its boards and commissions.

The city of Powell is looking for residents to fill vacancies on three of its boards and commissions.

Serving on such boards is a good first step for people who want to get involved in city government or who want someday to run for city council, said Jeff Robinson, Powell spokesperson.

The city has openings on each of the following:

The planning and zoning commission is a seven-member commission that reviews all planned development proposals and applications within Powell. The commission also maintains and adheres to the city zoning code, recommends zoning map changes to city council and creates long-range and short-term development plans. The commission meets the second Tuesday of the month and if needed, the fourth Wednesday of the month.

The arbor advisory subcommittee has three members who oversee the coordination of activities and programs that promote Powell as a tree-friendly city. This subcommittee meets on an as-needed basis.

The tax incentive review council annually reviews all agreements granting exemptions from property tax and any performance and/or audit reports required for those agreements.

"You don't have to be a professional planner or zoning inspector to serve on the planning and zoning, or a CPA to be on tax incentive review council, and you don't have to be a park ranger or arborist to serve on the subcommittee," Robinson said. "You just need to be interested in those aspects of government and we would love to have you. Having an interest is a big part of it."

City residents interested in being considered for one of these vacancies should submit a cover letter with background information or resume to Susie Ross, city clerk, 47 Hall St., Powell, OH 43065 or sross@cityofpowell.us. Candidates also may download and fill out a board and commission application form available at http://www.cityofpowell.us/ government-employmentopp.php.