Graham City Council took a massive leap in reforming the advisory boards and committees it uses, a process that has been underway for months, by approving a roster of new appointments to the council’s 10 different boards.

Advisory boards and committees serve to help the city council make informed decisions on specialized topics. For example, if a runway at the Graham Municipal Airport needed to be repaired or repaved the Airport Board, a five member committee that includes a city alderman, would meet to determine that, then make a recommendation to city council. City council would then approve or deny any expenditures.

“We had gotten kind of out of whack on keeping up with who was on what board and what their true terms were and things like that,” said Mayor Jack Graham at the June 19 meeting where new appointees were approved. “I know it was kind of a chore, but it was something that we really needed to do. This will be very helpful moving forward.”

The new appointments fill many vacancies on the various boards, but five holes are yet to be plugged. The previously vacant Park and Recreation Board was identified as an area of need in past council discussions with numerous park projects looming, namely Salt Creek Park and a possible ATV park.

The roster of new appointments adds five members to the seven-man board leaving two spots open. There is also a single vacancy on the seven-spot Planning and Zoning board and two vacancies on the five-spot Main Street Board. Councilman Darby Brockway asked how the remaining vacancies would be filled, specifically on the Main Street Board.

Read the entire story in this weekend's Graham Leader.