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Longview City Council considers allowing outsiders on municipal boards, commissions

By Jimmy Isaac jisaac@news-journal.com
July 11, 2011 at 10 p.m.

Allowing non-Longview residents to serve on select municipal boards could be a double blessing, a city administrator said Monday.

The City Council on Thursday will consider allowing voting members of the fledgling Emergency Medical Service Advisory Board to live outside the city limits, along with non-voting members of other boards, committees and commissions.

The EMS board, created in spring, will benefit Longview and surrounding areas, said Mary Ann Miller, assistant to the city manager.

Because it is a more regional board, city leaders said there is a need to except it from city ordinances that require board members live within Longview's city limits, she said.

Other boards in which voting members are not required to live in the city limits are the Partners in Prevention Steering Committee, Certified Retirement City Committee and City Council Audit Committee.

As for non-voting members of other boards, Miller said the reason for administrators' recommendation was simple.

"We don't require city employees to live in the city for any other manner except the city manager, by charter," she said. "We just need to make it a blanket, across-the-board requirement."

Council members will consider the changes during their 5:30 p.m. Thursday regular meeting at City Hall, at 300 W. Cotton St.



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