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Monday, December 2, 2013

Dakota County accepting citizen advisory committee applications

The Dakota County Board of Commissioners receives advice from a variety of volunteer committees. Residents are invited to join any of the following citizen advisory committees to make a difference in local government.


The Extension Committee, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, assists in approving programs, establishing the budget and evaluating staff to enhance Extension programs. The committee meets bi-monthly in Farmington.


The Human Services Advisory Committee studies and discusses topics relating to the human service areas that Minnesota counties are responsible for, including social services, public health and income maintenance. The committee meets monthly in West St. Paul.


The Library Board participates in planning library facilities and services, sets operating policies for the library system and prepares the annual budget. The board meets monthly at various library locations.


The Personnel Board of Appeals provides the County Board with impartial analyses concerning appeals filed by employees or job applicants. Board members must have 10 or more years of managerial experience or comparable qualifications. Board members may not have a contractual, commercial or professional relationship with Dakota County. The board meets for full-day or half-day hearings as needed in Hastings.


The Planning Commission reviews plans and proposals and makes policy recommendations to the County Board in the following areas: transportation; transit; parks, trails, and greenways; land conservation; water resources; and environmental management. The Planning Commission may review capital projects or be asked by the County Board to address emerging issues that impact the physical or natural infrastructure of Dakota County. In addition, the Planning Commission considers conditional use permits in the shore land and floodplain areas of Dakota County. The committee meets monthly or as necessary in Apple Valley.


The Public Art Citizen Advisory Committee recommends art projects for county buildings to the County Board. The committee meets monthly in Apple Valley.


The Special Board of Appeal and Equalization hears appeals from property owners regarding property valuation or classification of properties. One member must be a real estate appraiser, or be familiar with county property valuation. The board meets in Apple Valley annually in June.


For more information about commissioner districts, various committees, specific openings or qualifications, visit and search citizen advisory committees.


Incumbents may be eligible for reappointment. Citizen advisory committee applications are retained for one year. To get an application, call 651-438-4418. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 20, or until all openings are filled.

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