Are you interested in serving your community? The Town of Westwood is looking for residents to volunteer to serve on many of its local Boards, Committees or Commissions. You can choose your area of expertise from Finance to Environmental to better serve your community. Resident participation results in a stronger and more responsive local government. The below-listed Boards are currently seeking members but the Town has many other Boards and Committees that do not have membership restrictions. Please contact the Selectmen’s Office if you would like to learn more about any board/committee.
The Westwood Board of Selectmen is looking for interested volunteers to fill the current vacancies on the following:
Commission on Disability – Associate Membership Available
The Commission on Disability is comprised of residents appointed to three-year overlapping terms. The Commission’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to the implementation of Americans with Disabilities Act and advise the Selectmen accordingly, monitor local, public and private compliance with State architectural access requirements, and serves as liaison with Council on Aging, Educational Department, Public Health Department, and Town offices and organizations regarding disability issues. The Commission meets ten times per year.
Communication and Technology Advisory Board – 2 Regular Member Vacancies
CTAB’s mission is to optimize existing technology resources and to provide new technology guidance to enhance performance and produce better services for the Town.
The Communications and Technology Advisory Board (CTAB) is composed of seven members appointed by the Board of Selectmen to two-year overlapping terms. The Board meets generally on the second Tuesday evening of the month. As required, CTAB members participate in other meetings and activities with employees and officials of Town government whenever needed to help oversee Information Technology systems as well as broadband, cable and high-speed Internet access activities in Westwood.
Dedham Westwood Water Commission – 1 Vacancy
The Dedham-Westwood Water District is a non-profit, locally controlled public water system. The District was created by the Massachusetts legislature in 1985 to operate as a self-supporting unit of local government. Rates are set by the Water Commissioners to cover the cost of delivering a product which meets federal and state guidelines under the Safe Drinking Water Act Policy is also set by the Board, a six-member commission with three commissioners from each town, appointed by their Board of Selectmen. Public meetings are held each month at the District’s office at 50 Elm Street in Dedham. Dates and times of meetings are posted at both town halls and on this site. All customers are encouraged to attend these meetings.
The Dedham-Westwood Water District (DWWD) Board of Water Commissioners sets policy, prepares operating and capital budgets, and establishes rates along with rules and regulations for the Water District. The mission of the DWWD is to provide the residents and businesses of Westwood and Dedham, with high-quality drinking water for domestic purposes and for fire protection.
Historical Commission – 3 Vacancies
The mission of the Westwood Historical Commission is to identify, document, and protect Westwood’s historic resources, to increase public awareness of Westwood’s heritage and the value of historic preservation, through the guidance and council of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, in cooperation with other Town boards and committees. The WHC endeavors to be a preservation information resource to all citizens of Westwood and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by means of research, public meetings, and local media outlets.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee – 1 Vacancy
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee was created by the Board of Selectmen to help make Westwood a more “walkable” and “bikeable” community by engaging residents and Town departments in a sustainable and ongoing process of identifying needs, designing solutions and implementing improvements. The Committee continues its commitment by researching ideas on how to encourage walking and biking by consulting with neighboring towns, attending presentations from local agencies, meeting with our own Public Works Department, and seeking input from Westwood residents.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee was created by the Board of Selectmen in 2009 to help make Westwood a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly community by engaging resident and Town departments in a sustainable and ongoing process of identifying needs, designing solutions and implementing improvements. Since its inception, the committee has been researching ideas on how to encourage walking and biking by consulting with neighboring towns, hearing presentations from local agencies and our out Department of Public Works, and by seeking input from Westwood residents.
If you are interested in serving on a board/committee in Town, please contact Christine McCarthy, Executive Assistant in the Selectmen’s Office with a copy of your resume and/or a statement of interest of how you think you could contribute to the mission of the board/committee.
Send resumes and/or statements of interest to:
580 High Street
Westwood, MA 02090