Whether you are interested in recreational activities, cultural events, technology issues or land-use practices, the Town of Rutherfordton has opportunities for you to volunteer to share your time and talents.
In addition to boards and commissions the Town, at times, forms special committees and task forces to work for a finite time on specific, current issues. Appointments to these special groups are made as needed and terms of service vary. For more information visit the Town's Website or If you are interested in knowing when the advisory volunteer opportunities are available again, please email Town Clerk Mara Short @firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in serving on a Boards or Commission, download an application
or request one from the Town Clerk’s office. After your application is received, you will receive a receipt of application email. If you do not receive that receipt within a day after submittal, please contact the Town Clerk Mara Short at email@example.com or 287-3520 to make sure that your application has reached the Town Clerk's Office. Once an application is received, the Town will place your name on the resource list for the particular board. When vacancies occur, the Town Council will review the resource list and schedule interviews. You will be contacted directly if it is necessary for you to interview for an appointment.
To find out more about a specific board or commission, see the summary below. Board and commission meetings are open to the public, so potential applicants are encouraged to sit in on monthly meetings. Meeting dates, times and locations vary and are available in the summary below or by contacting the Town Clerk.
Rutherfordton Boards & Commission Application
The ABC Board's mission shall be to serve the citizens of Rutherfordton responsibly by controlling the sale of spirituous liquor and prompting a customer- friendly, modern and efficient store (GS 18B-700). The ABC Board's regularly scheduled meeting is the second Thursday of each month at 12:00pm. The ABC Board is comprised of three appointed seats serving two-year staggered terms.
Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals from any order, decision, requirement, or interpretation made by the administrator, applications for special use permits, variances, and special exceptions permits. Questions involving interpretations of the zoning map, including disputed district boundary lines and lot lines. Board of Adjustment meets as needed. Board of Adjustment is comprised of five regular members and two alternates, appointed by the council. Four regular members and one alternate, appointed by the council, shall reside within the town. One regular member and one alternate, appointed by the county board of commissioners, shall reside within the town's extraterritorial planning area.
Broad River Water Authority, a non-profit municipal corporation formed under the laws of the State of North Carolina. The Board sets policy and rates, adopts an annual budget and hires a General Manager to carry out policy, make recommendations and administer the daily activities of the water system’s operation. Broad River Water Authority regular scheduled meeting is the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm. The Town of Rutherfordton appoints two members to this board.
The Historic Preservation Commission was established by the Rutherfordton Town Council to regulate historic landmarks and historic districts with the town limits. The Historic Preservation Commission's regularly scheduled meeting is the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm. The commission consists of five members appointed by the town council. Members of the commission shall serve terms of three years. Terms shall be staggered.
Friends of the Norris Library have created the Norris Library Foundation as a 501(c)3 organization. The Foundation conducts various fundraisers to purchase books and make other improvements to the Library. Some of the recent improvements made to the library with funds raised by the Foundation are new lighting, a new circulation desk, new cabinetry for audio-visuals, and additional shelving. Norris Library Foundation regularly scheduled meeting is the third Thursday of each month at 12:00 pm.
Parks and Recreation Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the town council, the town manager, and the administration of the town’s park and recreation department. The board makes recommendations to the town council concerning rules, regulations, and policies governing the town’s recreational facilities and their use. Parks and Recreation Committee meets as needed. The committee shall be composed of a total of seven members. The members of the committee shall be as follows: five at-large members from the community selected and appointed by the town council, one representative from the Rutherfordton Little League approved and appointed by the town council, and one ex-officio member from the town council appointed by the mayor.
Planning and Zoning Board makes comprehensive survey’s and studies existing conditions and probable future developments and prepares such physical, social and economic growth as will best promote the public health, safety, morals, convenience of the general welfare as well as efficiency and economy in the development of the Town. Planning and Zoning Board meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm as needed. Planning and Zoning commission consists of five members and two alternates.
Recreation Trust Fund makes recommendations to the finance director and the town council concerning the investment of the trust funds, and the expenditure of trust income in the cooperation with the town parks and recreation commission. Recreation Trust Fund Committee meets once in July and then as needed. There is hereby created a special commission to be known as the "recreation trust fund commission." Said commission shall consist of eight members. The eight members shall consist of the town manager and the chairman of the town parks and recreation commission during the term of their office for the town, and six members to be appointed by the governing body of the town for overlapping terms of three years. The initial appointments shall be as follows: two for a term of three years; two for a term of two years; and two for a term of one year. Two of the members shall be selected by the governing body from the following civic clubs: Kiwanis Club and Lions Club.
Rutherford Town Revitalization is a 501c3 organization whose main purpose is to aid in the growth of our historic downtown district and its businesses. Through facade grants, we also strive to preserve and restore our historic architecture and maintain its unique charm and beauty. Our goals are to promote quality of life, sense of community, economic growth and historic preservation. Rutherford Town Revitalization’s regular scheduled meeting is the second Thursday of each month at 8:00 am. The Board is comprised of nine to seventeen members serving three-year staggered terms. The Town of Rutherfordton appoints two members.