Greenwich’s Condemnation Commission seeks one more member
GREENWICH — The search continues for a volunteer to serve on the town’s Condemnation Commission — and a deadline is looming for next month.
The commission considers cases when the town needs to condemn land for public use — such as constructing a highway, installing town sewers or even adding a public parking lot. In these cases, the commission assesses the damages and benefits so that the landowners can receive compensation.
The all-volunteer commission doesn’t meet regularly; it convenes only when needed.
The requirements to serve on the nonpartisan commission are for the volunteer to be both a resident of the town and registered to vote in Greenwich.
According to Representative Town Meeting member Jude Collins, vice chair of the body’s Appointments Committee, four members of the five-member commission are in place. But they need that fifth member.
A call has gone out for candidates, especially those who have a background in engineering and/or construction. Previously, the RTM said it wanted members with backgrounds in real estate evaluation, the law, town planning and public representation.
Candidates should also be familiar with the town’s code of ethics and be able to comply with the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
This is the second time since November that the RTM has gone looking for candidates.
“We had two candidates for that fifth spot, but neither of them could get the majority support of the appointments committee,” Collins said. “So we’re opening it up for the public again.”
RTM member John Eddy, chair of the RTM’s Appointments Committee, said in November that the board want residents of diverse backgrounds to cover all the relevant areas of expertise needed on the commission. The four people currently on the commission have legal and real estate backgrounds, including Collins, who is a member and a real estate appraiser.
With one Democrat already on the commission, the state requirements for minority representation for political parties has already been satisfied. Candidates can be unaffiliated, Republican, Democrat or a member of another party.
The candidate will be assessed on their ability to work and communicate with the public, attend to issues of “both detail and large scope” and “serve in the public interest.”
The deadline to apply is noon April 17. Typically a term is four years, but the terms will be staggered so the members don’t come up for renomination at the same time.
To apply, download and fill out the form at http://rtm.greenwich.org/node/2509 . Then, email the form with a resume to Stuart Reider, who is vice chair of the appointments committee, at email@example.com. Call him at 203-550-7122 for more information.
The appointments committee will interview eligible candidates May 7 during a public meeting, starting at 8 p.m. at Town Hall. The nominees will be considered by the committee, and those who receive a majority vote will be formally nominated.
Those candidates will then have interviews with the RTM’s Land Use and Public Works Committees before their nominations are considered at a future full meeting of the RTM.
Last year, a special RTM committee, led by Eddy, completed work to update the town charter’s language regarding the Condemnation Commission’s powers and responsibilities.