L&L Districts Advisory Committee
Volunteer advisory committees are an integral part of local government, intended to provide advice and recommendations from a resident’s perspective. Advisory committees help plan the future of their communities, bringing together disparate views that might not otherwise be heard.
As the size and scope of the Cosumnes Community Services District (District) has grown, so has the need for public engagement and education on the subject of landscape maintenance and funding. Therefore, the Landscape & Lighting Districts Advisory Committee (Committee) has been created to improve communication between the District and public.
Recruitment & Appointment
Now Accepting Applications for Committee Members!
Interested parties must review the L&L Districts Advisory Committee Handbook (PDF) and submit a completed L&L Districts Advisory Committee Application (PDF). Applications can be submitted via mail or email.
Applications will be reviewed by the Board, and appointments will be made at a future Board of Directors Meeting. Each applicant will be notified of the Board’s decision by mail.
The Committee will meet every other month; the exact day and time will be determined by the appointed members once they have been appointed.
The Committee will be primarily responsible for making recommendations on Landscape & Lighting (L&L) budgets, projects, and planning. Committee members will also provide updates on the status of landscape maintenance in their benefit zone or district, particularly any areas of concern that may need to be addressed by District staff. Furthermore, committee members will assist with the District’s L&L funding education outreach and help facilitate volunteer landscape maintenance events in their benefit zone.
A successful member of the Committee will:
- Be fair and impartial.
- Be respectful of the public, Staff and other Committee members.
- Offer new proposals and recommend changes to existing programs, policies and procedures.
- Respect the limitations of their individual and collective authority. The role of the Committee is to advise the Board and/or Staff, and members are not empowered to make final decisions.
- Attempt to reach consensus. If consensus is not possible, and there are strong differing opinions, a minority opinion should be recorded and acknowledged in the Committee’s report to the Board.
- Interpret and relay community opinions, attitudes and needs to both Staff and the Board.
- Provide the community with information about District programs, policies, procedures and budgets.
- Educate themselves on topics related to their committee’s purpose.
The Committee will provide a number of benefits to its members and the community-at-large.
- An additional forum to provide feedback on the District’s landscape maintenance services.
- Increased communication between the District and the public.
- An opportunity to become engaged in the process of landscape maintenance.
- A chance to learn how and why the District provides landscape maintenance services.
- An opportunity to meet like-minded people who are interested in parks, landscape maintenance, sustainability and the environment.
- A chance to become a neighborhood leader; to serve as an advocate and help build community.
- An opportunity get involved in local government.