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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

The Copperas Cove City Council is seeking volunteers to serve on two committees to improve the city’s public service.

The Animal Shelter Advisory Committee and the Copperas Cove Cemetery Advisory Board are seeking members to fill vacant positions.

Three members are needed for the animal shelter committee, a city news release stated.

“If people have an interest in animals and their welfare, they should apply,” said Copperas Cove Deputy Police Chief Mike Heintzelman, who oversees the animal advisory committee.

People who belong to the committee can bring forward new ideas to aid in the animal shelter’s operations, Heintzelman said. The group also will work on implementing those ideas.

The committee is seeking only certain types of individuals — a veterinarian, a member of an animal welfare group and a resident, the release stated.

The committee is regulated by state law, Heintzelman said, and the state dictates who is needed to be on the board.

Regardless of who sits on the committee, the board strives to focus on how the city manages the shelter and programs that “benefit not only the residents but the animals,” Heintzelman said.

Cemetery board

The cemetery board, which was recently re-established, will serve as a liaison between city staff and Cove residents by determining expectations and giving recommendations to the City Council on matters about the municipal cemetery.

“I want just a little more interest in the cemetery,” said Cheryl Meredith, the councilwoman who sought to re-establish the board. “I want (residents) to know that we care what happens at the cemetery.”

Seven volunteers are needed to fill the board and will serve for two years.

The group will be responsible for planning special projects at the cemetery, such as historical or genealogy searches; notifying staff of special problems, such as maintenance issues and vandalism; and cooperating with other public and private groups in advancing the interests of the Copperas Cove Cemetery.

A lot of phone calls about concerns at the cemetery have been received, Meredith said. Re-establishing the board was one way the city can ensure the public’s concerns are being addressed.

Applications for both groups are at 914 S. Main St., Suite E, the library, or they may be printed at www.copperascovetx.gov. Click on the “Online Services” tab and on the “Forms and Applications” webpage.

The deadline to apply for the cemetery board is July 31, while the animal advisory committee application deadline is Aug. 12.

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