Board Member Application for High School Juniors and Seniors

Posted on August 25th, 2020

Applications Due: September 11, 2020

If you are a junior or senior in high school and attend Harbor Springs High School or live within the city limits of Harbor Springs, then you have an opportunity to serve on one of the City’s boards or commissions as a non-voting member. This is an excellent opportunity to experience local government and serve your community by being involved in the decision-making process.

The City is making one position available on each of the following three boards: Downtown Development Authority; Planning Commission; and Tree Advisory Board. You may apply for all three positions, but no student will be allowed to serve on more than one board. Terms last from September 2020 through June 2021. Staff and board chairs will review the applications and make a recommendation to the Mayor for appointment.

The Downtown Development Authority exists to promote and improve the downtown district developed under state law. DDA Board meetings are held monthly, typically the first Thursday of the month, at 8:00 a.m. There is also a potential to participate on DDA committees. The Planning Commission is responsible for the management of land use and regulation of building and development in the City. Meetings are held at 5:30 pm on the first and third Thursday of each month. The Tree Advisory Board provides guidance on the selection and planting of trees in public places throughout the community; encourages the proper maintenance, preservation and new plantings of trees; and educates the community about the benefits of trees. Tree Board meetings are held on every third Friday of the month at 12:00 pm.

Students selected to serve on City boards will be granted all duties and privileges that regular members possess except for the right to vote. They will be expected to have reviewed all agenda materials prior to meetings and should be prepared to comment on and discuss the materials with other board members. At the end of the year, students will be asked to summarize their experience in either a public presentation at a City meeting or by submitting a written essay. All selected applicants will meet with the City Manager prior to commencing their duties.

Please complete the following application. If you have any questions, contact the City Manager at (231) 939-9995 or

High School Board Members Application 2020-2021

High School Board Members Application 2020-2021 (Fillable Form)

Application Deadline: Friday, September 11, 2020
You may submit your application by e-mail or mail, or drop it off at City Hall. Thank you!