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The city of Madras has openings on parks and public works, and forestry commissions, as well as the Madras City Council.

The city of Madras is looking for community members to fill several vacancies on local commissions and the Madras City Council.

The City Council has one position open that was not filled in the Nov. 8, 2016, election. The city is currently advertising for "letters of interest" for the position.

To be eligible to serve on the council, a candidate must be at least 18 years of age, a qualified voter, and have lived in the city at least one year immediately preceding the appointment.

For more information, contact Karen Coleman at 541-325-0302, at the Madras City Hall.

The Urban Forestry Commission currently has one vacancy to fill for a city resident, after the retirement of longtime member Rob Osborn.

The commission, which typically has six to seven members, advises the city on planting, tree removal, and maintenance and protection for trees and other vegetation in public areas.

The Urban Forestry Commission meets at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Public Works Building at 216 N.W. B St.

Interested individuals are urged to contact Michele Quinn, Public Works administrative assistant, at 541-325-0313, to obtain additional information.

The Public Works and Parks Commission has a couple positions available to add to the four current members on the commission.

The Public Works and Parks Committee meets at 8 a.m. on the first Wednesday, of every month at the Madras City Hall at 125 S.W. E St.

The commission makes recommendations to City Council on transportation and water system master plans, construction specifications, street signage, road maintenance and improvements, public works projects, landscaping issues, water, wastewater and storm drain system improvements, and anything else related to the city's livability.

"For example, recently the commission recommended to have a speed radar sign installed by Hall Road," said Quinn.

Individuals who are interested in serving on the commission are urged to contact Quinn at 541-325-0313 for more information.

"We would like to get another two to three," said Quinn, noting that the commission has been depleted by people retiring and moving away.

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