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A new city commission that’s tasked with creating a cleaner, greener future in Jackson is finally taking shape. The Jackson Environmental Commission is holding its first meeting on Wednesday, March 27.
Spearheaded by Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies, the Jackson City Council voted to create the 12 member board in Feb. 2018. It consists of five city residents who are nominated by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. The rest of the commission is made up of seven ex-officio members who are also approved by the city council after recommendations by the city manager and mayor.
The Environmental Commission will develop comprehensive environmental policies for the city to protect and enhance its air, water and land quality. As an advisory body, the commission cannot enact policy, but will advise and make recommendations to the city council for review.
Mayor Dobies says he’s looking forward to the commission getting to work, with enhancing recycling options and integrating green technologies for infrastructure, transportation and conservation top priorities. “The commission will help us become more efficient, explore new funding opportunities and join with community partners on keystone projects to emphasize our commitment to sustainability,” Dobies said.
The commission’s first meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, taking place in the 10th Floor Conference Room of Jackson City Hall.
There are currently nine openings on City of Jackson boards and commissions. They include the Building Code Board of Appeals, Downtown Development Authority, Historic District Commission, Jackson Transportation Authority, Local Officers Compensation Commission, and Public Arts Commission. Those interested in serving on a board or commission can pick up a copy of an application on the 14th floor of Jackson City Hall or on the city’s website: cityofjackson.org.