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Posted on: August 3, 2018

City Clerk announces Commission & Committee openings

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Want to make a difference in your community? Do you have expertise you could share? The City Clerk is accepting applications from Napa Residents for a total of twenty- five openings; three to serve on the Bicycle and Trails Advisory Commission, five to serve on the Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals, one to serve on the Community Development Block Grant Citizens’ Committee (CDBG), five to serve on the Disability Access Board of Appeals, two to serve on the Housing Authority of the City of Napa, one to serve on the Measure A Financial Oversight Committee, four to serve on the Parks, Recreation and Trees Advisory Committee, four to serve on the Senior Advisory Commission. Applications are available online for submission at www.cityofnapa.org and choose Boards Commissions & Committees form the City Clerk’s Page. Please submit applications by 5:00 pm Friday, August 31, 2018.

The Bicycle and Trails Advisory Commission advisory to City Council and to the City’s Public Works Department on matters regarding bicycle transportation and bicycle and trail issues. Each member should demonstrate dedication as a bicyclist and/or training in the field of transportation, recreational trail planning, or engineering. Applicants must be City of Napa residents and registered voters. The Bicycle and Trails Advisory Commission meets on the second Thursday of even-numbered months.  Meetings being at 4:00 p.m. in the City Council City Council Committee Room at City Hall, 955 School St., Napa.

The Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals is the local appeals board for the City of Napa regarding issues related to building and fire codes. Each member should demonstrate knowledge, experience, and training in matters related to building construction and fire protection. Three appointments shall serve concurrently on the Disability Access Board of Appeals.  Applicants must be City of Napa residents and registered voters. The Board has no regular meetings and are called as needed.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Citizens’ Committee is advisory to City Council on matters regarding the assessment, planning, development, implementation and amendment of programs under the Community Development Block Grant program, a grant program to assist low and moderate income residents administered by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Applicants must be City of Napa residents and registered voters. Members may include representatives from the business community, disabled persons, youth, seniors, minority groups, low and moderate-income persons, others who are directly affected by the CDBG program. The CDBG Citizens’ Committee meets on the fourth Monday of the month on an as-needed basis, with supplemental meetings during the Community Development Block Grant application process during the spring of each year.  Meetings are held in the City Council Committee Room at City Hall, 955 School St., Napa.

The Disability Access Board of Appeals renders decisions when a person aggrieved by a determination made by the Chief Building Official or Fire Code Official in administering or enforcing access to “public accommodations or facilities” appeals the determination. Two of five members are “physically handicapped persons” and the remaining three members also serve on the Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals. Applicants must be City of Napa residents and registered voters. Three of these appointments shall serve concurrently on the Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals and two appointment shall be a “physically handicapped person”. The Committee has no regular meetings and are called as needed.

The Housing Authority Board of the City of Napa consists of seven members, five members of the City Council of the City of Napa, as well as two tenants appointed by the City Council to two year terms.   One tenant commissioner shall be over 62 years of age if the Authority has tenants over that age. The Housing Authority provides rental assistance to very low-income families in Napa through Federal rental subsidy programs and develops affordable housing for low and moderate-income families in Napa. The tenant commissioners must be utilizing facilities providing rental subsidy programs. The Housing Authority Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month.  Meetings being at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 955 School St., Napa.

The Napa County Measure A Financial Oversight Committee functions under the authority of the Napa County Board of Supervisors to inform the public on expenditures of Flood Protection Sales Tax proceeds generated as a result of the passage of Measure A.  All members must be residents of the City or the County of Napa. Qualifications include an understanding of the type and nature of expenditures associated with public projects and budgetary documents, with an emphasis on capital project expenditures. The Napa County Measure A Financial Oversight Committee consists of seventeen members, one member is recommended by the City Council to the Napa Board of Supervisors to represent the City of Napa. Other members include representatives from various governmental jurisdictions, and a cross-section of the community at-large. The Napa County Measure A Financial Oversight Committee meetings are held quarterly.

The Parks, Recreation and Tree Advisory Commission is advisory to City Council and the Parks and Recreation Services Director on matters affecting the acquisition, development and maintenance of parks within the city; public recreation; cultural activities of public interest; matters affecting development of privately and publicly landscaped areas within the city; and matters related to trees, tree preservation and arboriculture, including the review of city tree ordinances, policies and programs. The commission is also authorized to take action as the decision-making body for specified actions set forth in the Municipal Code, particularly related to appeals of decisions regarding planting and removal of city trees under chapter 12.44 and the consideration of permits for activities affecting significant trees and appeals of determinations regarding activities affecting protected trees pursuant to chapter 12.45.Seven voting members appointed by the City Council. One member is a non-voting high school student in the City of Napa. The Commission meets on the third Wednesday of every other month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 955 School Street, Napa.

The Senior Advisory Commission makes recommendations to the City Council and the Parks and Recreation Services Director on matters regarding services, facility use, and recreational activities at the Napa Senior Center, as well as, establishes short and long term goals for senior programs. Applicants must be City of Napa residents and registered voters. One appointment shall fill the requirement of “senior agency representative” and three appointments shall fill the requirement of “senior community at large representative”. Commission meets on the first Wednesday of every other month. Meetings being at 2:00 p.m. at the Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson Street.


The City of Napa recruits throughout the year for interested residents to serve on a variety of boards and commissions that examine issues of community concern. Volunteers appointed to serve on a board or commission help City Council and city departments examine issues and, in turn, shape the future of Napa. Board and Commission members are appointed by the City Council and terms vary but are typically either two or three years. Most board members must be city residents and registered voters.


To find out more about the different commissions, committees and boards and to apply online, please our Boards, Commissions & Committees page from the Clerk’s Page. For more information contact Dorothy Roberts, City Clerk, at (707) 257-9503.

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