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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dakota County accepting applications for citizen advisory committees

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners receives advice from a variety of volunteer committees and is inviting its residents to apply for an opportunity to make a difference in local government. Positions are available on the following citizen advisory committees:
Dakota – Scott Workforce Investment Board
Help oversee the activities of the Workforce Centers in Dakota and Scott counties. In partnership with the Dakota County Board, determine methods and delivery systems to assure the best mix of programs and services for eligible citizens of both counties. The board meets monthly on the third Friday in West St. Paul.
Extension Committee
Partner with the University of Minnesota to approve programs, establish a budget and evaluate staff to enhance Extension programs. The committee meets bi-monthly in Farmington.
Human Services Advisory Committee
Study and discuss topics relating to human service areas such as social services, public health and income maintenance. The committee meets monthly in West St. Paul.
Library Board
Participate in planning library facilities and services, set operating policies for the library system and prepare the annual budget. The board meets monthly at varying locations.
Personnel Board of Appeals
Provide the County Board with impartial analysis of appeals filed by employees or job applicants. Board members must have at least 10 years of managerial experience or comparable qualifications and cannot have a contractual, commercial or professional relationship with Dakota County. The board meets for full-day or half-day hearings as needed in Hastings.
Planning Commission
Review plans and proposals and make policy recommendations to the County Board in the following areas: Transportation, transit, parks and trails, land conservation, water resources and environmental management. Review capital projects and address emerging issues that impact the physical or natural infrastructure of the county. Consider conditional use permits in the shoreland and floodplain areas of Dakota County. The committee meets monthly or as necessary in Apple Valley.
Special Board of Appeal and Equalization
Hear appeals from property owners regarding property valuation or classification of properties. The board meets every June in Apple Valley.
Dakota County residents interested in serving on a committee can call County Administration at 651-438-4418 for an application. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and are kept on file for one year. Incumbents may be eligible for reappointment.
For more information about committees, commissioner district information and specific qualifications, visit

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