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The City of Auburn has several volunteer Citizens Boards, Commissions and Committees that advise the Mayor and City Council in certain areas of government and policy issues. Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees are made by the Mayor and in some instances require confirmation by the City Council.

Persons interested in serving on a particular Board, Commission or Committee are asked to provide a letter of interest addressed to the Mayor, together with a brief synopsis of their pertinent background information.

The following is a list of present Auburn Boards, Citizens Commissions and Committees with a brief description. Please check the Public Meetings Calendar for exact times and locations.

Auburn Arts Commission – Twelve Members

(Chapter 2.84 Auburn City Code)
Within its funds appropriation, the Arts Commission may, alone or in cooperation with any other private, civic or public body of any city, county or the State of Washington, initiate, sponsor or conduct programs calculated to further public awareness of and interest in the visual, cultural and performing arts. The Board consists of twelve members who serve three-year terms.

Regular meetings of the Commission are held the first Tuesday of the month at 4:30 PM in Conference Room 1 located on the first floor of the City Hall Annex, One Main Building.

Auburn International Farmers Market Advisory Board – Seven Members

(Chapter 2.96 Auburn City Code)
Is an Advisory Board to the City Council in farmer market-related regulations and activities. The Board ensures that there is a proper mix of vendors, such as, farmers and crafts (keeping crafts at an approximate 10% level), assisting in ideas to promote sponsors and funding, and recommending promotional awareness and interest at the farmers market. The Board consists of seven members – one member from the City of Algona, five members from the City of Auburn, and one member from the City of Pacific. Members of the Board serve three-year terms.

Meetings: October through May (last Friday of the month at 3:00 PM) or as required. The public is welcome!

Auburn Municipal Airport Advisory Board – Five Members

(Chapter 2.33 Auburn City Code)
Advises the City Council regarding the operation of the Auburn Municipal Airport, including master planning, facilities improvements, leasing, rental fees and other aviation concerns. The Board consists of five members who serve three-year terms. No Board member shall have business interests at the Airport, other than the standard hangar or tie down rental.

Regular meetings of the Board are held the third Wednesday of each month at 8:00 AM, in Conference Room 1 of the City Hall Annex located at 1 East Main Street in Auburn (no longer at the Aviation College).

Auburn Tourism Board – Five Members

(Chapter 2.76 Auburn City Code)
Advises the Mayor and City Council relating to the imposition of the lodging tax, any increases in the amount imposed, and its use to accommodate activities for tourism. The Board consists of at least five members consisting of one elected official and an equal number of members each from representatives of businesses required to collect the tax and those persons involved in activities to be funded by revenue received through the tourism tax. Board members serve three-year terms.

Regular meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 4:00 PM at the Chamber of Commercelinks to external site.

Business Improvement Area Committee of Ratepayers – Eleven Members

(Ordinance No. 4293)
In 1988, upon the petition of business owners and operators, the City of Auburn established the Business Improvement Area (BIA) to aid development of the Central Business District and facilitate merchant and business cooperation to improve trade. The Business Improvement Area Committee of Ratepayers reviews and evaluates the administration of the BIA by the Auburn Downtown Association. The Committee of Ratepayers is comprised of eleven members who serve three-year terms and are owners or operators of businesses located within the Business Improvement Area and whose businesses are subject to assessments.

Please contact the Auburn Downtown Association at 253-939-3982 for scheduled meeting dates and times.

Cemetery Board – Five Members

(Chapter 2.72 Auburn City Code)
Advises the Mayor and City Council on policy matters relating to long range planning, capital improvements, fee structure, cemetery expansion, rules and regulations, and budget for the cemetery. The Board consists of five members who serve five-year terms.

Regular meetings of the Board are held the second Tuesday of each even-numbered month at 2:00 PM at Mountain View Cemetery located at 2020 Mountain View Drive, Auburn.

Civil Service Commission – Three Members

(Chapter 2.57 Auburn City Code and RCW 41.08 and 41.12)
The Civil Service Commission adopts rules and regulations, consistent with State law, for the examination, appointment, demotion, transfer, and promotion of uniformed (Police and Fire) personnel. The Commission hears and determines complaints and appeals. The Commission consists of three members who serve six-year terms. A member must be a resident of the city for at least three years and a registered voter.

Regular meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 PM in Conference Room 2, located on the second floor of Auburn City Hall.

Human Services Committee – Eleven Members

(Chapter 2.36 Auburn City Code)
Makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on the allocation of and application for grant funds to be used for community development. The Committee assists the Mayor and City Council in identifying local social service needs and recommends priorities to meet those needs. The Committee consists of eleven members who serve three-year terms.

Regular meetings are scheduled for the fourth Monday of each month at 4:00 PM in Conference Room 1 located on the second floor of the Auburn City Hall Annex at One East Main St.

LEOFF Disability Board - Five Members

(Chapter 41.26 RCW)
The Law Enforcement Officer and Firefighter (LEOFF) Disability Board approves and disapproves all applications for disability leave, medical and dental treatment, and disability retirement for City of Auburn members of the LEOFF I pension system. The Board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 AM at the City Hall, Council Conference Room.

The LEOFF Board consists of the two members of the City legislative body appointed by the Mayor, one LEOFF 1 or LEOFF 2 firefighter, one LEOFF 1 or LEOFF 2 police officer and one member from the public at large.

Parks and Recreation Board – Seven Members

(Chapter 2.42 Auburn City Code)
Advises the Mayor and City Council on planning, development, acquisition and management of City parks, recreation facilities and programs. The Parks and Recreation Board consists of seven members who serve three-year terms.

Regular meetings are held the Tuesday following the first Monday of each month at 5:30 PM at the Auburn Senior Activity Center located at 808 9th St SE, Auburn.

Planning Commission – Seven Members

(Chapter 2.45 Auburn City Code)
Conducts initial review and public hearings on Comprehensive Plan and text amendments, area-wide zoning and rezoning, and zoning text amendments. The Commission's recommendations are forwarded to the City Council for review and final decision. The Planning Commission consists of seven members who serve three-year terms.

Regular meetings are held the Tuesday following the first Monday of each month in the Council Chambers located on the first floor of Auburn City Hall at 7:00 PM The Commission conducts a study session from 6:30 to 7:00 PM prior to the regular meeting.

Transportation Advisory Board

(Ordinance No. 6556)
The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) replaces the Transportation, Transit and Trails Committee. The TAB meets quarterly or as needed and is comprised of 15 members that includes 1 representative from the Auburn School District; 1 representative from Green River College; 1 representative from the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce; 1 representative from the Auburn Downtown Association; 1 representative from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe; 2 local business representatives; 1 bicycling community representative; 1 high school student representative; 1 senior citizen representative; 3 citizens at large selected to maximize geographical representation; 1 American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility advocacy group representative; and 1 transit users group representative. The TAB meetings are facilitated by a Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson elected by the TAB members. The TAB is an advisory only body meaning that it doesn’t have independent decision-making ability. However, as a broad-based group of stakeholders, the TAB serves a critical role in giving the Mayor, Council and staff invaluable community perspective that will help shape current and future policy and financial decisions affecting transportation in our community. The TAB provides on-going input or assistance in the following key areas:

  • Review and advise the Mayor and City Council on the City' s Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
  • Review and advise the Mayor and City Council on short-term and long-term strategies and approaches for prioritization and funding for street maintenance and preservation.
  • Review and advise the Mayor and City Council on updates to the City' s Comprehensive Transportation Plan.
  • Review and advise the Mayor, City Council, Community Development and Public Works Director and City Engineer on program approaches and funding options and alternatives for the City's Local Save our Streets (SOS) Program.
  • Review and advise the Mayor, City Council, Community Development and Public Works Director, City Engineer and the Assistant Director for Maintenance and Operations on program approaches and funding options and alternatives for the City's Arterial Streets Preservation Program.
  • Review and advise the Mayor, City Council, Community Development and Public Works Director and City Engineer on the City's Functional Street Classification System.
  • Review and advise the Mayor and City Council on planning, funding and implementation efforts and programs for increased walkability throughout the City.
  • Review and advise the Mayor and City Council on public transit issues affecting the City.
  • Review and advise the Mayor, City Council and City staff on transportation issues affecting persons with disabilities, the aging community and elementary, middle and high school students.
  • Review and advise the Mayor, City Council and City staff in the development, implementation and on-going monitoring and updating of a Citywide Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.
  • Assist City staff, Mayor and City Council in promoting public awareness and education on a broad range of transportation issues. Act as ambassadors to residents and businesses.

Urban Tree Board - Five Members

(Chapter 2.43 Auburn City Code)
Through education and involvement, the Tree Board of the City of Auburn provides information and advocacy for "choosing the right tree for the right place," helping Citizens understand the value of proper pruning techniques and in managing an urban forest that is ever changing and needs to fit into the environment of this community. Board emphasis is on trees in public rights-of-way and on City-owned property. The Board is made up of five members who serve three-year terms. Regular meetings of the Board are held the first Tuesday following the first Council meeting of the month in the Parks Admin Building at 910 9th St. SE, Auburn.

White River Valley Historical Society Board – Seventeen Members

(Resolution No. 2340)
Develops policies for White River Valley Museum operations and management of collections, long-term plans for the Museum, and docent programs and other volunteer activities. Board membership is comprised of nine members elected by the general membership of the Historical Society, and eight members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.

Regular meetings of the Board are held the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 PM at the White River Valley Museum Muckleshoot Room, located at 918 H Street SE, Auburn.