If you have an interest in aviation, sports, housing, hotels, parks, zoning or another municipal concern, the city of Midland wants you to volunteer for one of its boards, committees or commissions.  

54 seats will be open come October 1st because 30 members will be ineligible for reappointment, the council is putting its usual summer emphasis on finding people with applicable knowledge.  City Secretary Amy Turner says, "It takes many people to run a government effectively, each board has different qualifications, and you can serve on more than one.  Some are more difficult to get on than others, but with as many boards and committees as we have, there's almost always a vacancy somewhere.  We encourage all interested citizens to apply."

Three boards will be abolished the 30th of September but the ones that require some help are the Airport Planning & Development Board, Development Advisory Committee, Hotel-Motel Tax Advisory, Housing Authority Commission, Midland Center Advisory Board and one of the Football, Soccer and Baseball Complex Development Corp.  Others are the HIgher Education Facilities Corp., Housing Finance Corp., Urban Transit District Board, Parks & Recreation Commission, Planning & Zoning Commission, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and Construction Board of Adjustments & Appeals.

Councilmen Scott Dufford and John James are always recruiting, and if you see one of them and confide some needed expertise, there is a good chance you will find yourself in Turner's office or online signing up.  It is a big undertaking, but Dufford says "there is a board or committee for every kind of interested citizen."  

We encourage people to get involved because volunteering to serve is a great way to help mold and shape your community.

You can sign up in person at Secretary Amy Turner's office on the third floor of City Hall or on the city website at www.midlandtexas.gov to volunteer.