Volunteer Opportunities

Commissions & Committees

City of Taylors Falls MN city hall

We offer citizens the opportunity to become involved in shaping the culture and quality of life in our city by volunteering. Questions on these volunteer opportunities should be directed to Taylors Falls City Hall.

COMMISSIONS

  • Planning Commission
  • Economic Development Commission
  • Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Heritage Preservation Commission

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • Election Volunteers (paid)
  • CERT (Certified Emergency Response Team)
  • Taylors Falls Fire Department
  • Library Board

Planning Commission

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Planning Commission advises the City Council on planning and zoning issues. The Commission also reviews plats and other land subdivisions, site plans for commercial and industrial buildings, rezoning requests, variances, conditional use permits and other land use issues. Their recommendations then go to the Council for final action.

Meetings
The last Monday of the month, 5 pm, Council Chambers at Taylors Falls City Hall
Agendas are posted at City Hall and all meetings are open to the public.

Membership
The Planning Commission consists of five members appointed by the City Council. Terms are for three years, with appointments made in January.

PLANNING COMMISSION – Accepting Applications
Planning Commission members are as follows:
Council Liaison:  Brandon Weiberg            Alternate Member 2024:

Term Expires  12/31/2024
Lyle Johnson

Term Expires 12/31/2025
Fred Bechtold

Term Expires 12/31/2026
Brian Oman – Chair
Sandra Berg

Parks & Recreation Commission

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Parks and Recreation Commission advises the City Council on park acquisition, park development, and recreational programming. If you are interested in recreational opportunities in Taylors Falls, this commission may be a good fit for you.

Meetings
3rd Wednesday of the month, 6 pm, lower level conference room at Taylors Falls City Hall
Agendas are posted at City Hall and all meetings are open to the public.

Membership
The Parks & Recreation Commission consists of five members appointed by the City Council. Terms are for three years, with appointments made in January.

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION – Accepting Applications
Heritage Preservation Commission members are as follows:
Council Liaison:  Larry Julik-Heine                          Alternate Member 2024:

Term Expires 12/31/2024

Term Expires 12/31 /2025

Term Expires 12/31/2026

Heritage Preservation Commission

The Heritage Preservation Commission advises the City Council on preserving Taylors Falls’ history.  If you are interested in preserving the history in Taylors Falls, this may be the spot for you.

Meetings
2nd Wednesday of the month, 7pm, lower level conference room at Taylors Falls City Hall
Agendas are posted at City Hall and all meetings are open to the public.

Membership
The Heritage Preservation Commission consists of seven members appointed by the City Council.  Terms are for three years, with appointments made in January.

HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Heritage Preservation Commission members are as follows:
Council Liaison:  Lee Samuelson                             Alternate Member 2024:

JoAnn Kuntemeier – Chair
Dan Brown, Vice Chair
Alyssa Auten, Secretary
Geri Aanonsen
Lesli Johnson
Randy Krey

 

Economic Development Commission

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Economic Development Commission recommends policies supportive of economic growth to the City Council. Agendas are posted at City Hall and all meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in the economic growth in Taylors Falls, this may be the place for you.

Meetings
3rd Tuesday of the month, 7pm, lower level conference room at Taylors Falls City Hall
Agendas are posted at City Hall and all meetings are open to the public.

Membership
Commission members are appointed by the City Council. Terms are for three years, with appointments made in January.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION – Accepting Applications

Economic Development Commission members are as follow:
Council Liaison:  Brandon Weiberg                            Alternate Member 2024:

Term Expires 12/31/2024
Wade Vitalis

Term Expires 12/31/2025
Brett Lincoln
Molly Irish

Term Expires 12/31/2026
Diane Nelson

Emergency Management

Disaster strikes quickly and often without notice. The City of Taylors Falls is prepared to the extent it can be, and its goal is to prioritize and minimize the immediate emergency needs of its citizens.

Taylors Falls has designed a pamphlet to educate its citizenry regarding its civil defense siren and how it relates to threatening weather. Please review it carefully prior to the tornado season.

The Taylors Falls Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a network of concerned residents that are trained to assist in a variety of emergency situations, such as severe storms, tornadoes, fires and flooding. The CERT members would assist emergency personnel by helping with crowd control, first aid, comforting victims and other situations.

If you are interested in more information, please read our manual or contact the City Office at (651) 465-5133 or zoning@taylorsfalls.org.

Certified Emergency Response Team. In mid-2010 the City Council appointed a Task Force to research the possibility of participating in the Certified Emergency Response Team program. CERT members are community volunteers trained in basic response skills by emergency personnel. The concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. Natural disasters since then, including floods, fires, earthquakes and tornadoes to name a few, have confirmed the need for training civilians to help meet immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs.

The CERT training program will:

  1. Present citizens the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services.
  2. Give the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness.
  3. Train them in needed life-saving skills with emphasis on decision-making skills, rescuer safety, and disaster assessment.
  4. Organize teams so that they are an extension of the first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.

The captain is JoAnne Kuntemeir. The current active 2023 members are: JoAnne Kuntemeir, Gene Andersen, Sheryl Grote, Juli Hobson, Melba Johnson, Mark Luemann, Barb Nelson and Kim Zitelman. A Procedure Manual has been adopted that includes several forms intended for Volunteers (attached). For more information email taylorsfallscert@gmail.com.

CERT is about readiness, and is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where the actions of citizens can make a difference. CERT promotes a partnership between emergency services and the people they serve. Additional information is available on the MN Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management site: www.hsem.state.mn.us.

Library Board

If you are interested in literacy and reading, this may be the place for you.

Meetings
This board meets the last Wednesday of the month, at the Library.

Membership
The members are as follows: Roger Boleman (President), Jo Williams, Liz Valleen, Joan Boleman and Deb Julik-Heine. Diane Dedon is the Librarian.