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There are currently two vacancies – one for the Parks and Recreation Commission and one for the Measure C Oversight Committee – that the City of Lathrop is attempting to fill early next month.
The positions are open to any adult Lathrop resident that is able to serve in the capacity that is needed.
A seat on the Parks and Recreation Commission became available last month when Minnie “Cotton” Diallo was sworn in as a member of the Lathrop City Council. Diallo, who had run for council in previous elections, credited her experience on the commission and her work within the gears of local government for preparing her to assume the duties of an elected official.
The duties of the Parks and Recreation Commission are outlined in the Lathrop Municipal Code and include advising the Lathrop City Council on matters pertaining to local recreation and parks, assisting in the development of parks for the community to enjoy, advocating for recreational space to meet the needs of the growing community, and fostering a culture of partnership with local businesses and community organizations.
The commission meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. inside of Lathrop City Hall – located at 390 Towne Centre Drive – and meetings routinely include the commissioners providing input about proposed parks and recreation plans and evaluating the needs of the community.
If appointed by the council, the person will serve the remainder of Diallo’s term – which expires in June – and will then be appointed to the next three year term which runs through June of 2024.
Members of the Lathrop Parks and Recreation Commission are required by law to file an annual statement of economic interest, although that requirement is not placed on members of the Measure C Oversight Committee.
That committee, which was formed after voters overwhelmingly approved a one-cent sales tax increase in 2012, is tasked with providing an annual report to the council on the status of the proceeds generated from the Lathrop Public Safety and essential City Services Transaction and Use Tax – also known as Measure C.
In order to ensure transparency and independence, the Measure C committee has no formal role in contracting, project management, or any other element of Measure C funding, and serves only in an advisory capacity to the Lathrop City Council which selects from qualified applicants.
The Measure C Oversight Committee is scheduled to next meet on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. inside of the council chambers at Lathrop City Hall.
Neither of the available positions include any compensation, except for in special circumstances warranted by approval by the Lathrop City Council.
Applications for both positions, which can be found on the City of Lathrop’s website, will be accepted through Jan. 31 and announcements will be made at the meeting of the Lathrop City Council scheduled for Feb. 8.
For additional information, visit the City of Lathrop’s website at www.ci.lathrop.ca.us, or call the Lathrop City Clerk’s office at 209.941.7230.
To contact reporter Jason Campbell email email@example.com or call 209.249.3544.