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• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Serving Page 7 WEST U ESSENTIALS C West U is easy Volunteer for a policy-making board By George Boehme Almost all policy making decisions in West University Place originate on one of its seven volunteer boards, commissions, and committees — and all but one will be appointed in September. If you are interested in serving on one of the city’s boards or commissions, City Secretary Thelma Gilliam at tgilliam@westutx.gov is the person to contact to request an application. Although unelected, these seven volunteer bodies hold enormous power. Texas law requires that all zoning changes and changes in building standards originate in one of these committees; only then are they reviewed by the City Council. Zoning variances, zoning hardships and Special Exceptions to the zoning laws are singularly decided by the Zoning Board of Adjustment, with no review by the City Council. The collection of residents who volunteer their time on these seven ������������������������������������������������������������������ the workhorses who help set policy, settle disputes between and among fellow residents, have a say in park site selection and design, fundraising, and in overall planning for West U’s future in a number of ways that impact everyday life of each resident. Generally, each member of a West University Place board or commission ���������������������������������������������������������������� on Sept. 1 of each odd-numbered calendar year and extending through Aug. 31 of the next following oddnumbered calendar year. Each member appointed serves for ���������������������������������������������������������������������� portion of a term. On occasion, a member may also serve after a term ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� can be appointed. Here’s the breakdown of each board or commission’s scope: Building and Standards Commission — The BSC hears appeals from administrative actions of the Building �������������������������������������������������������������� They also are responsible for the enforcement of some health and nuisance ordinances. But mainly, the BSC considers changes to the West U building codes. This is a very technical committee, and unless you are interested in deciding weighty matters on a quasijudicial body, the BSC is probably not ���������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������ (plus alternates) and meets at 6 p.m. ����������������������������������������������������������������


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