Beaufort council seeks residents to serve on variety of advisory committees

emoody@beaufortgazette.comSeptember 10, 2013 

Beaufort City Council met Tuesday night at City Hall for a work session, closed-door session and brief voting meeting.

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  • In other business, council:

  • Met in closed session to receive legal advice and discuss pending contractual issues. Officials declined to give more specific reasons for the session.

  • Granted approval for street closures and the use of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park for the Main Street Beaufort, USA, Annual Trick-or-Treat Downtown on Oct. 24.

With vacant seats on a number of city of Beaufort advisory boards and commissions, officials are seeking residents willing to volunteer their time and talents.

City Council continued interviewing new applicants during a work session Tuesday night at City Hall. The city issued a plea for volunteers to fill the positions in August.

Boards with openings include:

  • The Tourism Development Advisory Committee
  • The Historic District Review Boar
  • The Zoning Board of Appeal
  • The Election Commission
  • The Beaufort Housing Authority
  • The Tourism Management Advisory Committee

Along with interviewing board members and commissioners whose terms are expiring but who are eligible for additional terms, councilmembers are speaking with a number of residents who have not previously served.

They include Elinor Gray, Jeremiah Smith, Jan Malinowski, Michelle Knoll, Richardson LaBruce, Cleveland Cohen and David Easton. Most have been interested primarily in the Historic District Review Board, but some have agreed to consider other panel.

Mayor Billy Keyserling said it is encouraging to see so many new faces take an interest in local politics. Councilman Mike Sutton emphasized his desire for board members who support the planning and growth initiatives the city is undertaking. But he also said constructive criticism is encouraged.

"If you disagree with what we're doing in this city, do yourself a favor and don't serve on these boards," he said.

Information and applications are available on the city's website, cityofbeaufort.org.

In other business, council:

  • Met in closed session to receive legal advice and discuss pending contractual issues. Officials declined to give more specific reasons for the session.
  • Granted approval for street closures and the use of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park for the Main Street Beaufort, USA, Annual Trick-or-Treat Downtown on Oct. 24.

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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