Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are an important part of North Reading Town Government.  The Board of Selectmen and the Town Administrator appoint individuals to a large number of boards and committees, many of which require only a small time commitment.  Listed below are a few of the committees that are currently seeking new members.  A complete listing of all town boards and committees may be found in the Board and Committee Information Center. Interested individuals may complete an on-line application or by contacting the Town Administrator's office at (978) 664-6010 for a paper application.   

Updated - October 27, 2016

Board of Appeals
This is a quasi-judicial board that acts on appeals of zoning interpretations and variances from the Zoning By-laws.  Also acts as special permit granting authority for certain uses allowed under zoning.  Meets twice a month.

Cable Advisory Committee
This committee will prepare for the upcoming license negotiations with Comcast Cable Communications Inc. and Verizon New England Inc.  The Cable Advisory Committee is the liaison between the Town and the cable television companies.  This committee oversees consumer satisfaction, upgrades to the system and general policy and oversight. Meets as needed.

Commission on Disabilities
This commission advises and assists municipal officials in ensuring compliance with State and Federal laws that affect people with disabilities.  Meetings are held monthly.

Conservation Commission
This commission is responsible for formulating local environmental protection policies and enforcing the state and local Wetlands Protection Act.  This commission meets twice a month,

Forest Committee
This committee is responsible for care and management of Town owned forest lands.  Members are involved in forest management policy formulation and in charge of public cutting programs.  Meets as needed.

Hillview Commission
This commission is responsible for the management of the Hillview Country Club golf course and function facility.  Meets weekly.

Historic District Commission
This commission is responsible for regulatory control over new construction, reconstruction, alterations, removals and demolition of all exterior architectural features of buildings and structures within the Center Village Historic District.  Meets as needed.

Historical Commission
This commission is responsible for the preservation, protection and development of the historical or archeological assets of the Town.  Meets monthly.

Library Trustees
This board is responsible for public library programs and service policy formation.  Meets monthly.

Martins Pond
This committee is responsible for researching and making recommendation to the Board of Selectmen regarding the improvement and maintenance of the quality of Martin’s Pond.  It also initiates and maintains programs held at the pond.

Mobile Home Rent Control Board
This regulatory board hears proposals for trailer space rent increases.  Cannot include trailer park owner or renter.  Meets as needed.

Reading Municipal Light Department Citizen’s Advisory Board Representative
Representative for North Reading will serve on an advisory board consisting of 5 members.  Reviews and makes non-binding recommendations to the RMLD Board on budgets and financial   matters including rate setting as well as other policy and operational matters. Responsible for acting     as the liaison between North Reading and the Reading Municipal Light Department.  Will report any issues affecting the Town of North Reading to the Board of Selectmen.  This board meets as needed.

Veterans Committee
This committee will assist the Director of Veterans Services.  Meets as needed.

Water Commission
This commission develops rates, regulations and budgetary information concerning the Town water supply for use by the Board of Selectmen.  Meets as needed.

Youth Services
This committee assesses needs, establishes goals and develops programs to better serve the community’s youth.

Appointments by Town Administrator

Council on Aging
Support and advise the Director of Elder Affairs in advocating for older adults within the community.  Works in cooperation with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and other area agencies on aging.

Land Utilization Committee
This committee reviews real properties for municipal purposes and recommends actions to the Board of Selectmen concerning the acquisition and use of town-owned property.  Meets as needed.

Recreation Committee
Responsible for development and delivery of recreation programs, maintenance of facilities and coordination of facility use.  User fee funded operation.  Meets once a month.

Trustees of Trust Funds
Manages all trusts funds which have been given or bequeathed for the benefit of the Town and its inhabitants.