Have you ever wanted to do something for your city or serve on a board? Now you can do both as the Anna City Council is asking citizens to become actively involved in city government by serving on a city board or commission. Board and commission applications are accepted at any time throughout the year; however new appointments will be made in June. The effective term begins in July for most new and re-appointed Board and Commission members. Several current and former City Council members began their public service careers as members of the various boards and commissions.

Applicants must reside within the Anna city limits, be willing to attend the regular scheduled meetings of the board or commission and complete an official board and commission candidate application form.

Volunteers are being sought to serve on the following five boards:

Anna Community Development Corporation (3 vacancies):

Members of the Anna Community Development Corporation (CDC) work in cooperation with the Economic Development Corporation to coordinate efforts that expand the city’s business tax base and promote job growth within the community. They also identify and fund community facilities and related projects to maintain and enhance the quality of life in Anna. The corporation has recently helped fund the construction of Slayter Creek Park and Natural Springs Park. Membership consists of seven volunteers who serve for two-year staggered terms. Meetings normally occur at 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

Anna Economic Development Corporation (3 vacancies):

The Anna Economic Development Corporation (EDC) works in cooperation with the Community Development Corporation to coordinate efforts that expand the city’s business tax base with a focus on creating primary jobs within the City of Anna. The corporation provided incentives that resulted in the development of the Anna Market Center and the construction of Brookshire’s grocery store, Joe’s Italian Bistro and KFC/Taco Bell. The EDC was instrumental in recruiting Images Vision, a growing software engineering cyber security company whose headquarters is now Anna. Membership consists of seven volunteers who serve for two-year staggered terms. Meetings normally occur at 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month following the Community Development Corporation meeting.

Planning and Zoning Commission (1 vacancy):

The Planning and Zoning Commission is responsible for reviewing all new commercial and residential developments that locate within the city. It reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council on subdivision plats, site plans, Zoning Ordinance amendments, Comprehensive Plan amendments, specific use permits and rezoning requests. The commission recently completed work on reviewing and recommending approval of a new Comprehensive Plan which the City Council adopted in April of 2010. Membership consists of seven volunteers who serve for two-year staggered terms. Meetings normally occur at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.

Board of Adjustment (1 alternate vacancy):

The Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial board that serves as an appeal body for individuals seeking variances to the Zoning Ordinance and sign regulations and to persons who wish to appeal a decision made by an administrative official enforcing the Zoning Ordinance. Membership consists of five regular members and two alternates who serve for two-year staggered terms. The board schedules meetings as needed.

The official board and commission candidate application form is available at annatexas.gov. Applicants can fill this out and return it along with a current resume (if available) to:

Office of the City Secretary 111 N. Powell Parkway PO Box 776 Anna, TX 75409-0776 For more information, contact the City Secretary at 972-924-3325 or e-mail nwilkison@annatexas.gov.