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Board & Commission Positions

The following Committee(s) are accepting applications:
Agricultural Preservation Board
Local Conservation (BC) Apply Online
Township Government (BC) Apply Online
Agricultural (BC) Apply Online
Community Action Agency Advisory Board
Public Sector (BC) Apply Online
Private Sector (BC) Apply Online
Community Corrections Advisory Board
Defense Attorney Apply Online
Business Community Apply Online
Workforce Investment Board Apply Online
Service Areas (Emp & Training) Apply Online
Media Sector (BC) Apply Online
Service Areas (CMH, PH, Sub Abuse, Com Alt Prog) Apply Online
Community Mental Health Board
Primary Consumer (BC) Apply Online
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee (CEDS)
Private Sector (BC) Apply Online
Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, (K.O.M.) Foreign Trade Zone Authority
Member (BC) Apply Online
Land Bank Authority
Representative OC Econ. Dev. Corp. Apply Online
Township Representative Apply Online
Parks and Recreation Commission
Public (BC) Apply Online
Remonumentation Committee
Supervisor/Assessor (BC) Apply Online
Real Estate Attorney (BC) Apply Online
Surveyor (BC) Apply Online
Road Commission
Member (BC) Apply Online
Sanitary Board of Appeals
Member (BC) Apply Online
Member (BC) Apply Online
Member (BC) Apply Online
Tax Allocation Board
Member appointed by Board of Commissioners (BC) Apply Online
Veteran's Affairs Committee
War Veteran (BC) Apply Online
West Michigan Regional Planning Commission
Ottawa County Private Sector (BC) Apply Online

Committee Descriptions

Agricultural Preservation Board

Established by the PDR Ordinance as passed by the County Board to oversee and administer the PDR Rights Program. Establish selection criteria for ranking and prioritization of all landowner applications for PDR Rights. Provide recommendations to the County Board based on top scoring applicants & negotiate pricing to be offered to property owners. Monitor PDR restrictions and authorize negotiations for conservation easement purposes. Provide an annual report to the County Board.

Community Action Agency Advisory Board

The Community Action Agency Advisory Board offers advice in the setting of basic goals, policies, procedures for the CAA-funded programs, and recommends needed changes to best serve Ottawa County residents eligible for services, including senior citizens, low income, and individuals with barriers to self-efficiency. The length of the term is three (3) years. Meetings are every other month, on the fourth Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Holland.

Community Corrections Advisory Board

Is to implement the County Comm.Corr.Plan, act in an advisory capacity to the OC Director of Comm. Corr., approve applications for grant funding, monitor programs in accordance with Public Act 511 of 1988, utilization of the County jail with respect to felony and misdemeanant population and operational programs that divert offenders. The opening must be filled with a representative from mental health, public health, substance abuse, employment and training or community alternative programs.

Community Mental Health Board

The CMH Board is a Policy Governance Board pursuant to Section 226 of the Mental Health Code. The Board is comprised of up to 4 County Commissioners, 4 Primary Consumers & Family Members & 4 General Public Members. Appointments are made by the Board of County Commissioners. The CMH Board meets every 4th Monday of the month at 3:00 p.m. Members must attend the monthly CMH Board of Directors meeting & may be required to attend ad hoc meetings as needed.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee (CEDS)

This committee is a subcommittee of the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission (WMRPC).

Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, (K.O.M.) Foreign Trade Zone Authority

Oversee 3 county, federally designated Foreign Trade Zone #189. FTZ's can assist importers with the reduction & possible elimination of duties and excise taxes on products brought into general purposes zones and sub-zones.

Land Bank Authority

To acquire, hold, improve and return to the tax rolls land within its jurisdiction. Property can come from tax-foreclosed property, purchases from HUD, gifts from people, an agreement with a developer, and more. The goal is to take acquired property and do something with it that results in the community being enhanced. The responsibilities consist of directing all decisions regarding the Authority including property, finances and staffing.

Parks and Recreation Commission

The Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission oversees all functions of the Parks and Recreation Department. These functions include park and open space acquisition, development, operations and outdoor education programs. The meeting schedule is the first Wednesday of each month, at 3:00 p.m., in the Fillmore Street Complex Board Room.

Remonumentation Committee

The Ottawa County Remonumentation Commission is responsible to adopt an Annual County Plan for monumenting or remonumenting all public land survey corners. The Plan must address all objectives of Public Act 345 of 1990 and contain all areas identified in the model plan, yet provide flexibility to accommodate the monumentation in a timely manner.

Road Commission

The Road Commission provides direction and sets policies for the Ottawa County Road Commission Board. Actions include property acquisitions, equipment purchases, contract approvals, and traffic control.

Sanitary Board of Appeals

The Appeals Board for Sanitary Code is responsible to hear on-site sewage related appeals of the requirements contained in the Ottawa County Environmental Health Code. The meeting schedule is on an as needed basis.

Tax Allocation Board

The Committee is responsible for setting tax rates within statutory guidelines. This rate may be recommended for one or multiple years. If one year, the County Board of Commissioners must approve. If multiple years, the County Board of Commissioners must approve and set a ballot for public vote.

Veteran's Affairs Committee

Provides financial assistance for widows and families of deceased veterans; provides financial assistance in purchasing headstones for graves of veterans. The terms are three years and the meeting schedule is once a month.

West Michigan Regional Planning Commission

To assist planning efforts in community and economic deveelopment, provide a regional forum for sharing information and ideas, and promote cooperative soluictions to regional issues.