Member Responsibilities & Qualifications
Functions and Duties
Examples of the members' functions and duties are as follows:
- Receive and review input from neighborhood groups and individuals that may be directed to (and also referred from) individual departments, the alderman's office or the mayor's office, as applicable
- Develop solutions within the multi-disciplinary group to assure these solutions are thoroughly investigated and well thought out
- Encourage active and regular input from neighborhood residents or organizations to assure that resident/neighborhood input will shape priorities, plans and developed solutions
- Encourage collective appraisal of which issues or problems are widespread or frequently occurring, and thus, should become priorities
- Attempt to recognize which problems or issues may actually be symptoms of a larger problem that requires a comprehensive, rather than a simple approach
- Recommend to the city council, as this council from time to time deems appropriate, amendments to the code or policies resulting from the cumulative efforts of this council
Members are expected to:
- Attend all scheduled meetings
- Read the packet of material sent to you prior to each meeting, and familiarize yourself with the various agenda items
- Members are encouraged to attend conference and seminars to familiarize themselves with the latest research and trends in neighborhood quality of life issues
- Members are encouraged to utilized new and existing organizations to educate the greater public on neighborhood quality of life issues
- Members are encouraged to volunteer in the community and for committees to promote neighborhood quality of life practices
A Member's primary job is to advise the city council and educate the general public on neighborhood quality of life policies and practices. Therefore, the first priority of a Member must be to develop decision-making skills and knowledge of City policies and local and national research and trends in neighborhood quality of life issues.
Suggested qualifications for a Member include:
- A willingness and ability to research and report on issues, programs and policies related to neighborhood issues.
- A willingness to attend night meetings on a regular basis.
- A willingness to assist in implementing projects as decided upon by the City Council.
- The ability to fairly represent different areas of interest, knowledge and expertise, including but not limited to business, industry, labor, farming, government and other relevant disciplines.
- The ability to sustain harmonious working relationships with fellow Members, City Staff, the City Council, and the greater public.
- A willingness to attend extracurricular meeting and training seminars related to neighborhood uses.
- You should be civic minded and genuinely interested in neighborhood issues.
- You should be able to assemble information from both written and oral testimony and apply it to the making of meaningful recommendations that are based upon adopted plans, ordinances, required findings of fact and established polices, and not upon personal values.
- Objectivity is important. You should have an ability to listen to opposing views and still keep a clear focus on where the real public interest lies, what is not only within the law but also really fair, and the ability to distinguish between fact and opinion.
- You should be energetic and outgoing, not afraid to speak out, and be able to express yourself clearly and concisely in public.