Board Member Applications for High School Juniors and Seniors

Posted on August 6th, 2019

Applications Due: September 6, 2019

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 2019 through June 2020. 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. 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 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. All selected applicants will meet with the City Manager prior to commencing their duties.

Please complete the following application. If you have any questions, then contact the City Manager at (231) 526-2104 or

Application Deadline: Friday, September 6, 2019

You may submit your application by e-mail or mail, or drop it off at City Hall. Thank you!

High School Board Member Application Form