Serving on a public body can seem like a daunting endeavor but there is no better way to give back to your community.

Morrow County is searching for people for its planning commission to represent the Boardman and Ione areas. The role is a volunteer one and individuals are appointed for four-year terms ending in December 2025. The planning commission meets once a month.

The board is important for obvious reasons. Volunteer legislators hold hearings on land use applications and issues. Members also review changes to the county’s subdivision and zoning ordinances and the county’s comprehensive plans. Commission members also guide county staff on long-term planning linked to land use.

Members of the commission, then, play a pivotal, mostly unseen role. Land use issues are a central part of any rural county and Morrow is no exception.

As a volunteer position, there isn’t much in terms of concrete benefits that will go toward an individual who decides to step up and become a commission member. Yet that really isn’t the point. At least not with this board.

The board needs community members who care — care about their county, care about the future and care enough about their neighbors that they want to be there in a crucial position to help them.

No doubt there isn’t much instant gratification from working on such a board. And, as with anything connected to democracy, there is always the possibility a decision will spark controversy or push back from voters.

Still, that is the form of government we live by. Democracy can be messy but that should never be a reason an individual shies away from an important volunteer position.

The work on such a board as the Morrow County Planning Commission isn’t going to be a glitzy one, but it will be one where someone can make a real difference. Not just now, but down the road. The key, of course, is finding the right person for the job. We believe there are lots of people out there who could use their expertise for just such a role and we hope they step up.

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