PINOLE -- The city is encouraging residents to become involved with their community by serving on an advisory panel. Currently, the city seeks applicants to serve on the Community Services Commission and the Traffic and Pedestrian Safety (TAPS) Committee.

The seven-member Community Services Commission advises the City Council on recreation, parks, arts, cultural and historical activities, public access television, senior and youth activities, and community services. It also cultivates relationships with schools and community and civic organizations; advocates for recreation and community services; and works with civic clubs, nonprofit organizations and citizen groups to raise donations and foment volunteerism.

The Community Services Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday every month. The current opening is for an unfinished term that expires July 1, 2014.

The five-member Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee advises the City Council on traffic safety, traffic control and planning, speed limits, parking and other traffic matters, and recommends changes to regulations and issues for further study.

The TAPS committee meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every other month. The current opening is for an unfinished term that expires Nov. 30, 2013. TAPS members must either be Pinole residents or Pinole business owners.

Applications and supplemental questionnaires are available at City Hall, 2131 Pear St., and also can be downloaded from the city website at www.ci.pinole.ca.us/admin/cityclerk.html.

Completed applications and questionnaires must be submitted to the City Clerk's office in City Hall by 4:30 p.m. March 28. Candidates will be interviewed by a subcommittee of the City Council. The full council will make appointments at a regular meeting.

For more information, contact City Clerk Patricia Athenour at Pathenour@ci.pinole.ca.us or 510-724-8928.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760 or tlochner@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at twitter.com/tomlochner