January 29, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Summary of Citizen Volunteer Requests

The City of Springfield made several requests this week for citizens who would be interested in volunteering for a variety of committee roles.

The following information summarizes the calls for volunteers, application information and deadlines.

Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Retirement System Board of Trustees

The City Council Public Involvement Committee is seeking three citizens with specific areas of expertise and one citizen at large for the Board, along with a retiree of the pension system.

To fill out an application online, visit: www.springfieldmo.gov/boards and click on “Apply to Serve.”

The application deadline is: Feb. 10, 2010.

Citizens’ Sales Tax Oversight Committee

The Public Involvement Committee also is seeking citizens interested in reviewing and monitoring the collection of the ¾-cent Pension Fund Sales Tax revenues and allocations to ensure that the revenues received by the City are properly deposited into the City’s self-funded Police-Fire Pension Fund.

The application form is available online at: www.springfieldmo.gov/taxcommittee

The application deadline is: Feb. 9, 2010.

Long-Range Planning Groups

The City is looking for citizens who want to serve on one of the work groups for the City of Springfield’s long-range strategic planning process.

The application asks citizens to list their top six areas of interest among the 11 planning groups and the coordinating committee. The topics of the planning groups are: Arts and Culture; Economic Development; Education/Workforce Development; Early Childhood Development; Global Perspectives and Diversity; Growth Management and Land Use; Housing; Natural Environment; Public Health; Public Safety; Transportation; and the overall Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee.

The participants will be selected by the Chairs of the  Planning Groups, which are in the process of being developed by City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Tim Smith.

The application form is available at: www.springfieldmo.gov/planninggroups

The application deadline is: Feb. 5, 2010.

Citizens without computer access can call 864-1010 or 864-1653 to request mailed applications for any of these volunteer positions or stop by the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville Ave., during normal business hours.

More complete information on each of these requests is available on the City Web site at: www.springfieldmo.gov/cityconnect or by calling 864-1010.

For more information, contact: Louise Whall, Director of Public Information, 864-1010.

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Department of Public Information

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1010 • Fax: 417-864-1114 • springfieldmo.gov