Scott County

The Scott County Board of Commissioners recently announced that it is looking for interested citizens to serve on several advisory committees. Members of advisory committees are provided with a per diem and mileage reimbursement for attendance at meetings.

For more information on serving on one of these committees, contact Deb Brazil via email, or at 952-496-8601Call: 952-496-8601. Note that some committees have incumbents who are eligible for being reappointed for another term.

Board of Adjustment and Planning Advisory Commission: 7 vacancies

Currently, there are seven vacancies, one in each Commissioner District and two at-large vacancies. The purpose of the Planning Advisory Commission is to hold public hearings on amendments to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance Amendments; review all applications for conditional use permits, interim use permits, and plans for subdivision of land; and to make recommendations for approval or denial to the County Board for the unincorporated area of the County (all eleven townships). The Board of Adjustment holds public hearings and makes decisions on variance requests. These Boards meet the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Community Corrections Advisory Board: 3 vacancies

There are currently three vacancies on this Board, one each in Commissioner Districts 1, 2, and 4. This Board is responsible for making recommendations to the Scott County Board of Commissioners as they relate to community corrections. The Board is comprised of law enforcement staff, corrections staff, judges, attorneys, social services personnel, educators, and citizens. There are five citizen members, one from each Commissioner District. Advisory Board members are appointed to serve two-year terms, and are eligible to serve three terms. Persons of color and from various ethnic groups are particularly encouraged to apply. This Board meets every other month on the fourth Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

Community Development Agency (CDA): 1 vacancy

Currently, there is a vacancy on this Board in Commissioner District 3. The mission of the CDA is to invest in possibilities to live and work in Scott County, with a vision to pursue opportunities for economic growth, develop pathways for residents to have affordable homes, and cooperate with communities to design achievable goals that support all people’s lives. The CDA meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m.

Extension Committee: 1 vacancy

Currently, there is one vacancy in Commissioner District 1. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, the Extension Committee assists in formulating programs, recommending budgets, and selecting and evaluating the Extension staff. The University of Minnesota Extension discovers science-based solutions, delivers practical education, and engages Minnesotans to build a better future. Together, we create a better world for today and tomorrow by keeping our food safe and affordable; preparing today's youth to thrive in a complex world; ensuring Minnesota communities are strong; improving our environment; and helping families make better decisions. The Extension Committee meets four times per year (Wednesday evenings, 5:15 p.m.). For more information on Extension, go to www.extension.umn.edu or contact Tammy McCulloch, Extension Regional Director, at tammym@umn.edu or (612) 735-6161.

Human Services Resource Council: 9 vacancies

The Resource Council consists of three representatives from each Commissioner District. Currently, there are nine vacancies on the Council, with vacancies in all Commissioner Districts. Members serve two-year terms, and are eligible to serve three terms. The Resource Council participates in development of the Strategic Plan for Health and Human Services; makes recommendations concerning the annual budget of Health and Human Services; makes recommendations related to human services programs, needs, priorities, goals, and objectives to the County Board; and receives, reviews, and comments on special interest group and community at-large input regarding Human Services plans, programs, services, and performance. Professional providers and consumers of Human Services programs are particularly encouraged to apply. The committee meets quarterly, on the third Monday at 6 p.m.

Library Board of Advisors: 2 vacancies

There are currently two vacancies on this Board in Commissioner Districts 4 and 5. The Library Board of Advisors consists of one representative from each Commissioner District. Members serve three-year terms, and are eligible to serve three consecutive terms. The Board participates in the formation of the Library Strategic Plan that is used to focus resources on library services that meet the needs of our customers; evaluates current and future services; and guides the creation of a budget that reflects identified customer needs. The Board recommends operating policies for the public library system and, by statute, is responsible for the content of the library collection. The Board currently meets on the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Each year, one meeting is held in each of the seven branch libraries and the Scott County Law Library and four meetings are held at Library Administration (Shakopee).

Mental Health Local Advisory Council: several vacancies

Currently, there are several at-large vacancies on this Council. Anyone with an interest in mental health services may apply. Consumers or family members of consumers of mental health services, adults who received mental health services as children or adolescents, and representatives of Scott County’s minority population are particularly encouraged to apply. The Council meets each month on the fourth Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Parks Advisory Commission: 7 vacancies

Currently, there are seven vacancies on this Committee, one in each Commissioner District and two at-large positions. The purpose of the Parks Advisory Commission is to provide leadership and direction to staff and elected officials in the area of parks, trails, and open space planning and implementation. Members advise the County Board on program priorities and policies; planning for parks, trails, and open space; and review and recommend proposed annual work plans. Commission members represent the citizens of Scott County and, as such, serve as community ambassadors. The Parks Advisory Commission typically meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Scott Watershed Management Organization (WMO) Planning Commission: 3 vacancies

Currently, there are three vacancies representing the Southwest Watershed, the Sand Creek Watershed and one at-large position. The Scott WMO Watershed Planning Commission reviews and makes recommendations on the Comprehensive Water Resource Management Plan, budgets, and program priorities; the implementation of the Comprehensive Water Resource Management Plan; and associated program goals and projects. The commission consists of seven members representing specific watershed areas. This Board meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 4 p.m.

Solid Waste Advisory Committee: 2 vacancies

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) is a legislatively required committee consisting of two citizen representatives, eight representatives from municipalities within the County, four representatives from the solid waste industry, and the Program Manager for Environmental Services. This Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Scott County Board of Commissioners as it relates to solid waste management. Additionally, the Committee assists in the development, implementation, and annual update of the Solid Waste Management Plan in order to improve recycling efforts in Scott County. The Committee meets approximately twice a year, or more if requested by Committee, to discuss implementation of the Solid Waste Management Plan.

Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization: 1 vacancy

This nine-member committee advises the Joint Powers Board regarding its duties under the Joint Powers Agreement, including the responsibility to guide the implementation of the watershed management plan, annual work plan, and budget; and recommend action regarding disputes pursuant to the JPA. The WPC meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 4 - 6 p.m. at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley. To be considered for appointment, you must live in the Scott County portion of the Vermillion River Watershed.

Commissioner Districts:

District 1, Commissioner Barb Weckman Brekke

The cities of Belle Plaine, Jordan (precincts 1 and 2), New Prague (precinct 2), and Shakopee (precinct 5); and Belle Plaine, Blakeley, Helena, Jackson, Louisville, St. Lawrence, and Sand Creek Townships

District 2, Commissioner Tom Wolf

The cities of Elko New Market and Prior Lake (precincts 2 and 3); and Cedar Lake, Credit River, New Market, and Spring Lake Townships.

District 3, Commissioner Michael Beard

The city of Shakopee, precincts 1 - 4, 6 - 8 , 12A, and 12B.

District 4, Commissioner Dave Beer

The cities of Prior Lake (precincts 1, 4, 5, 6A, 6B, and 7) and Shakopee (precincts 9, 10, 11, and 13).

District 5, Commissioner Jon Ulrich

The city of Savage.

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