As means to further engage and extend participation within the Gretna community, the City of Gretna is putting a call out to all interested residents.
Mayor Jim Timmerman and the City of Gretna have created an application form to find residents interested in serving on various city boards and commissions in future appointment opportunities.
“I want the community to be involved, and I don’t believe people have ever been made aware of these positions,” he said.
Timmerman said the city is currently seeking residents who are interested in participating on the planning commission, board of adjustment, library board and the tree board.
While those who apply may not be appointed right away, he said applications taken will be used to create a database for future use.
“There are a lot of good, qualified people in this city,” Timmerman said. “This way we’ll have a database to go to and hopefully have some citizens already available.”
In addition to selecting a board or commission of interest on the applications, residents are also asked to give a brief reason why they are interested in the board or commission, a brief background description and references.
Timmerman said the city may also conduct brief interviews with applicants to collect more information.
The idea of creating a database came from one of Timmerman’s campaign promises, he said, to further engage and include residents and the overall community in municipal decision making.
“I was elected by (the residents,) but I need their help,” he said.
While the application only lists four boards and commissions, Timmerman said there is also potential for future discretionary boards, such as a parks board.
While only in the preliminary stages of the database, the mayor said he wants any and all interested residents to fill out an application.
“I want to encourage people, this is our start,” he said.
Timmerman said applications can be picked up at City Hall or downloaded online at gretnane.org and dropped off or mailed to Gretna City Hall, 204 N. McKenna Ave., Gretna, NE 68208 upon completion.
For further questions, he said to contact City Hall at 402-332-3336.