Volunteer Spotlight: Newcastle Commissions
Posted on 04/13/2017

April is National Volunteer Month and over the next few weeks, Newcastle will recognize volunteers who support city programs, projects and events. This week we highlight the city’s Community Activities Commission and the Planning Commission.

Residents on the all-volunteer commissions serve an important role in local government as they advise the City Council on a wide-range of issues.

The Newcastle Community Activities Commission is comprised of seven community members who volunteer their time and expertise to serve as a review and advisory body to the City Council on city-owned park planning, design, and construction, park and facility development, renovation, trails and paths, recreation programs and special community events. The group is currently working on ways to bring more public art into the city, exploring methods to increase volunteerism and preparing for the 2017 Newcastle Days festival.

Patti Magers, Russ Segner, Leslie Harris, Victoria Sandoval, Diane Lewis, Tony Ventrella and Jim Price are the current CAC commissioners. The CAC meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Newcastle Planning CommissionThe Newcastle Planning Commission serves an important role by helping to shape the city's built environment and conserve its natural spaces. They advise the City Council on the Comprehensive Plan, development codes and other matters related to development and land use. The group is currently working on drafting and revising regulations and design guidelines for the Downtown Newcastle Strategic Plan.

Karin Blakley, Stacy Lynch, Kurt Utterback, Rodd Kippen, Charlie Gadzik, Bryan Brewer and Tom Magers make up the current Planning Commission. The commission meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Many thanks to all of our dedicated commissioners who spend a few hours each month giving their energy and insights to better the Newcastle community!

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