It is people like you that make Altoona a great place to live. It is our job to provide you with access to services that keep Altoona a safe, clean, beautiful, and family-friendly city. Here's your guide to living and working in Altoona.
Over 40 citizens serve their fellow Altoona citizens on boards, commissions and committees. These groups advise the City Council on various matters. The City Clerk's office maintains a Citizen Resource Bank made up of city residents interested in serving on one of the many boards, commissions or committees. The primary qualifications are an interest in participating in City government and a willingness to work with others to help address the needs of our Altoona. You will find below a list of opportunities to serve, responsibilities, meeting schedules and term of appointment.
We encourage you to submit a Citizen Resource Bank Form for the boards, commissions or committees that interest you. When a vacancy occurs, you may then be considered to serve. Please fill out the form and e-mail to the address below. You are welcome to provide additional information such as a resume or vitae that may support your appointment. Your application will be maintained in the Citizen Resource Bank for three (3) years.
Ad Hoc Altoona Business Park Development Review Committee Responsibilities: Reviews development plans for the Altoona Business Park. Meets: As needed, which is typically not more than one time per year. Term: One year
Ad Hoc Knollwood Restrictive Covenant Review Committee Responsibilities: eviews all plans, grant, deny and/or condition all approvals necessary under any restrictive covenants which the city has the responsibility to enforce and/or administer. Meets: As needed, which is typically 1-2 times per year. Term: One year
Altoona Housing Authority Responsibilities: Oversees operations and expenditures of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.) funded low income rentals. Meets: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. Term: Four years
Community Development Committee Responsibilities: Oversees the issuance of community development loans which are made possible by Federal programs and administered by the State of Wisconsin. Loans are issued to low and moderate income qualified home owners. Meets: As needed, which is typically not more than one time per year. Term: Four years
Finance Committee Responsibilities: Monitors ongoing financial operations of the city, formulates recommendations for the city's long-term financial planning, reviews annual comprehensive financial report. Meets: As needed, which is typically 1-2 times per year. Term: One year
Library Board Responsibilities: Oversees operations, supervises administration of the library, expenditure of moneys, making of annual reports, managing and disposing of gifts and donations and other powers and duties described in statutes. Meets: 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. Term: Three years
Parks & Recreation Committee Responsibilities: Reviews and formulates policies pertaining to stewardship of city parks and recreational facilities; reviews and recommends recreational programs. Meets: 4th Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Term: Three years
Personnel Committee Responsibilities: Reviews and recommends city policies pertaining to personnel; reviews wage and salary ranges of employees not represented by unions; oversees collective bargaining subcommittee, which shall conduct labor negotiations and make recommendations regarding collective bargaining agreements; reviews employee grievances as set forth in the city personnel policy. Meets: As needed, which is typically 1-2 times per year. Term: Two years
Plan Commission Responsibilities: Makes, adopts and amends the comprehensive plan for the physical development of the city; makes reports and recommendations consistent with the spirit and intent of the comprehensive plan. Meets: Meets: 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Term: Three years
Police & Fire Commission Responsibilities: Oversees all aspects of Fire Department and Police Department operations. The Commission sets policy while the chief of each department manages daily operations and implements the Commission's policy direction and goals. Meets: As needed, which is typically 4-6 times per year. Term: Five years
Zoning Board of Appeals Responsibilities: Authorized to hear appeals in matters relating to all zoning ordinances. Meets: As needed, which is typically 1-2 times per year. Term: Three years
The School District of Altoona is comprised of four schools. The elementary school is located on Bartlett Avenue on the east side of the city. The intermediate, middle, and high schools are located on one campus at the corner of Bartlett Avenue and 7th Street West.
The Altoona Fire, EMS, & Rescue Department is comprised of paid, on-call professionals who provide full fire protection, fire inspections, burning permits, emergency medical response, patient treatment until an ambulance arrives, ambulance response service contracted with the City of Eau Claire, and community outreach and education programs relating to fire prevention, first aid, and CPR.