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The Needham Conservation Commission is a seven-member volunteer board appointed by the Board of Selectmen pursuant to state law for promotion and development of natural resources and for the protection of watershed resources of the town, including administration of the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act and Regulations and Needham Wetlands Bylaw and Regulations. The Commission oversees the Town’s conservation lands, including Ridge Hill Reservation. Applicants must be residents and registered voters of Needham. No specific experience is required, although familiarity with conservation and land use issues and theMassachusetts Wetlands Protection Act permitting process is desirable. The Commission meets twice monthly on Thursday evenings. Membership terms are for three years.
Council on Aging (three vacancies)
The Council on Aging is the Town’s general advisory board for matters affecting elders, and works directly with department staff and other town agencies on a wide range of programs and issues. The responsibilities of this Board include (1) To assist in identifying the needs and concerns and strengths of Needham's elderly and retired persons and those approaching retirement age; (2) To assist in designing, promoting, coordinating or implementing services and programs to meet those needs and concerns; (3) To assist in informing the community and enlisting the support and participation of all citizens in this effort; and (4) To work in coordination with programs of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Committee meetings are at least monthly from September through June, and more often as necessary. Membership terms are for three years.
Cultural Council (multiple vacancies)
The Cultural Council supports community-based projects and activities in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to benefit the residents of Needham, through dispensing public funding allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. They also sponsor events such as New Year’s Needham and the Spring Arts Festival, for which money is raised separately.
The Council is responsible for informing the public about the availability of public funding for cultural projects and for reviewing and approving applications. Funding of the Massachusetts Cultural Council is determined annually by the state Legislature.
Support is also provided to the Needham Cultural Community through the facilitation of communication among the many cultural organizations and their collaboration through NeedArts and other venues.
Residents who have experience or an interest in the arts, event planning, fund raising, marketing, record keeping and public relations are urged to apply. Meetings are generally the third Monday of each month at 7 pm. Membership terms are for three years.
Design Review Board (alternate)
The Design Review Board (DRB) reviews and approves signage under the Town sign by-law, evaluates and makes recommendations regarding design elements of construction projects on Planning Board submissions and on applications for renovations and new construction on commercial and institutional properties of the town, and certain other categories of development. The purpose of the Committee is to encourage quality design, including architectural appearance, historic considerations, enhancement of landscape, and relationships to the visual environment. For the current vacancy, candidates with experience in art or design or working in retail business within the town are preferred. The DRB meets about twice a month. Membership terms are for three years.
Golf Course Advisory Committee
The Golf Course Advisory Committee acts as liaison between the Needham Golf Club and the Board of Selectmen. The Committee monitors Golf Club operations in an advisory capacity to ensure that the Club is operated in accordance with the terms of the lease with the Town. The Committee also provides a forum for residents to obtain information about the operation of the Club and to resolve any disputes with the Club. The Committee meets prior to the beginning of the golf season and at the end of the season, and may schedule additional meetings as needed. Membership terms are for three years.
Human Rights Committee (multiple vacancies)
The Needham Human Rights Committee is an advisory committee of up to twelve members appointed by the Board of Selectmen.
The Human Rights Committee strives to reaffirm the worth and dignity of every human being. The diversity of the community is embraced and celebrated through the following activities: (1) Education: Advocate appreciation for and respect for diversity; (2) Community Outreach: Organize community events to constructively promote diversity and tolerance; and (3) Community Response: response to issues that challenge the human rights of any individual or group in the Needham community.
Meetings are usually held the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Membership terms are for three years.
Needham Community Television Development Corporation
The Needham Channel is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides PEG (public access, educational and governmental) cable television programming for the residents of Needham through three public access channels available to Comcast, RCN and Verizon subscribers. Work is accomplished by a small full-time staff and a large number of community volunteers overseen by an Executive Director.
Board meetings are quarterly, but candidates should also be interested and willing to provide expertise and some time working with staff on projects in any one (or more) of the following areas:
- television and video production and broadcasting
- news and public affairs journalism
- marketing and promotion, especially outreach to local business
- supporting, cultivating and recognizing an active community of volunteers
Needham Community Revitalization Trust Fund (two vacancies)
The mission of the Needham Community Revitalization Trust Fund (NCRTF) is to revitalize Needham public spaces and bring more art into the public venue through the use of private funds. The NCRTF fund allows private citizens, organizations and businesses to contribute to the general fund to help support a variety of NCRTF projects or directly to a specific NCRTF approved project within the Town.
The NCRTF Committee is composed of seven members. Members are chosen for their ability to represent a cross section of Town areas and interests. Project proposals are brought to the Committee for consideration by committee members and members of the community and Town government. Committee meets as often as required. Membership terms are for three years.
Norfolk County Advisory Board
The Town of Needham is seeking a volunteer to serve as Needham’s representative on the Norfolk County Advisory Board. The Advisory Board, comprised of a representative of each Norfolk County municipality, represents the cities and towns in budget, capital planning, and other matters. The principal responsibilities of the Advisory Board are review and approval of County budgets and appropriations. The Advisory Board also receives reports and makes recommendations on other matters affecting the County and its municipalities. The Advisory Board meets approximately six times per year, usually at the Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole. The Norfolk County Advisory Board also serves as a resource for member communities. Membership term is one year.
Property Tax Assistance Committee
The Property Tax Assistance Committee reviews suggested eligibility criteria and makes recommendations for any changes to the Board of Selectmen for its review and approval. The funds will be distributed on the basis of need, as determined by the Committee’s interpretation of the eligibility guidelines. Membership terms are for three years.
Solid Waste Disposal Recycling Committee
The general purpose of the Solid Waste Disposal Recycling Committee is to review proposals for changes to general user fees and charges prepared by the Town, and make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen as to whether such proposed rates are adequate to sustain the services to be provided. Additionally, at the request of the Department of Public Works or Board of Selectmen, review existing and / or proposed policies and procedures for residential and commercial disposal, making recommendations to the Department of Public Works (or Board of Selectmen as appropriate) regarding changes and at the request of the Department of Public Works, review and recommend measures to promote recycling.
This Committee is comprised of five members at large appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Meetings are held as necessary and membership terms are for three years.
Traffic Management Advisory Committee
This committee meets monthly to hear from town staff and residents, and reviews and makes recommendations regarding both neighborhood and town-wide traffic issues.
The goal of the Traffic Management Advisory Committee is to provide for the safety and continually improve the quality of life both for pedestrians and users of other forms of transportation. This Committee provides a means for public input, including the opportunity for commenting on traffic management options proposed by staff. This committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the evening. Membership terms are for three years.
With respect to all of the above vacancies, interested residents are requested to submit an application consisting of a brief letter of interest, summary of relevant experience, and contact information. Applications may be submitted in writing or by email, or may be completed online at: www.needhamma.gov/committeeform.
Applications are requested by August 18, 2017. Any vacancy may remain open until a suitable candidate has been appointed.
Applications, or any questions or requests for information, may be submitted to:
Needham Board of Selectmen, Attn: Ms. Sandy Cincotta, Needham Town Hall, 1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492 Tel: 781-455-7500 Email:
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