Pursuant to the general policy adopted by the Village Board, guidelines for membership on Scarsdale's appointed Boards, Councils and Committees cover four areas:
Boards, Committees and Advisory Councils are comprised of residents of the Village. While comments from outside the community can be sought as needed, actions recommended or taken by Boards, Committees and Advisory Councils should ultimately reflect the views of Village residents.
2. Professional or Business Affiliation
Various professional skills and training are required by Village law or deemed desirable by the Village Board of Trustees for the successful fulfillment of some Board, Council or Committee charters.
3. Civic Interest and Involvement
The majority of the members of Village Boards and Councils are appointed by reason of demonstrated interest in Village affairs, through volunteer involvement. Scarsdale is the beneficiary of a long history of voluntary civic endeavors. Since the overriding purpose of Boards, Committees and Councils is to assure the continuation of high community standards, it is appropriate that members on Boards, Committees and Councils be those residents who have demonstrated willingness and initiative to work in support of this objective.
4. Specialized Knowledge
Certain Boards, Committees and Councils benefit by having one or more members with specialized knowledge. For example, the Land Use Boards (Board of Appeals, Planning Board, and Board of Architectural Review) benefits from the services of residents with a background in architecture, architectural design or engineering; the Cable Television Commission benefits by having people with knowledge of the communications industry; the Advisory Council on People With Disabilities benefits from the experience of residents with disabilities; the Advisory Council on Youth benefits from people who have worked with young people; and the Advisory Council on Parks and Recreation benefits from having a parent active in the Recreation Department's Elementary School Sports Program.