Boards and Commissions

Hickory City Council has 14 advisory groups with a variety of purposes that includes everything from increasing the recycling rate, guiding the future of parks and recreation, to assisting with economic development and beautification grants. All groups are made up of citizens from different wards and/or diverse backgrounds. Most people serve between three and six years, with terms ending in June. Below is a link to the City's advisory groups. If you are interested in applying for a position in one of the groups, please fill out an application and send it to the City Clerk's Office.    Click here for an application


We are thankful for the citizens that devote their time and energy to serve on Hickory's advisory boards. The volunteers don't receive much of a reward, but they volunteer because they enjoy serving the public and I have a great deal of respect for that. People that serve in these groups are there to reflect the interest and the concerns for the community they represent. Mayor Rudy Wright.

Bond Implementation Commission

The bond commission is an advisory board to City Council on the bond projects, budgets, timeframes and more, which will continue throughout the entire bond process. There were 28 appointments made from City Council and the Mayor, each having four appointments, 13 ex officios from the City boards and commissions, and one ex officio from the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, for a total of 42 members. The Bond Implementation Commission meets as called.


Business Development Committee

The Business Development Committee serves in an advisory role to Hickory City Council. The purpose is to support economic development in the City of Hickory for increased employment by identifying and assessing ideas and applying local economic development resources to determine the level of success of the project/proposal. Projects that receive a favorable recommendation will be forwarded to Hickory City Council for consideration and action. The committee meets at City Hall on the third Wednesday of each month at 11:30AM unless otherwise notified. (See Event Calendar for Schedule)


Citizen's Advisory Committee

Citizen participation and continuing citizen involvement in the Community Development Block Grant Program is not only required but is a vital and instrumental process in the success of this program. The program provides citizens with an opportunity to participate in an advisory role in planning, implementing and assessing the Block Grant Program. The committee consists of seven members and meets on the first Thursday of the month at 12:00 noon. Term is three years.


Community Appearance Commission

The purpose of this board is to promote implementation of programs of general community beautification and to coordinate activities of individuals, agencies and organizations whose plans, activities and programs affect the appearance of the city. The Commission is composed of 10 members - one from each ward, three at-large, and one member of the Hickory Regional Planning Commission. Terms are three years. The board meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. at City Hall.


Community Relations Council

The City of Hickory Community Relations Council was established in 1963. The mission of the CRC is to promote positive relationships within our community through dialogue, education, programs and resources. The Council meets on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.  All meetings are held at City Hall unless otherwise noted.  For more information call Staff Liaison Hickory Police Chief Thurman Whishant @ 828-261-2600.


Hickory International Council

The Hickory International Council was established by the Hickory Mayor and City Council to serve as a forum for the international community in Hickory and to advise the City Council regarding ways to improve Hickory as an international city that welcomes and values international visitors, residents and businesses.  The Hickory International Council meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Moretz Board Room in the Arts & Science Building (SALT Block).


Hickory Regional Planning Commission

The Planning Board recommends to the City Council amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, Thoroughfare Plan, rezoning requests and related matters. This commission may also conduct studies, prepare plans and advise council on matters affecting the sound and orderly development of the Hickory Regional Planning Area. This Board also serves as the Board of Adjustment and hears and rules upon requests for minor variances from the Zoning Ordinance usually in the form of appeals of the Zoning Administrator's decision. The Board is composed of 12 members who serve three-year terms. One member is appointed from each City ward, two members reside in Catawba County within the Planning Area but outside the limits of Hickory, Longview or Brookford, one is a resident of Burke County within the Planning Area, one is a resident of Caldwell County, and one resident from each Longview and Brookford. The Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.


Historic Preservation Commission

The purpose of the Historic Preservation Commission is to safeguard the heritage of the City by preserving properties, which embody important elements of its cultural, social, economic, political, or architectural history. The Commission reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness when modifications are proposed for a property in a historic district. In addition, they identify individual landmarks of historic significance recommending their designation as Historic Properties to the City Council. Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The term is three years.


Library Advisory Board

This ten-member board acts in an advisory capacity for Patrick Beaver and Ridgeview Libraries. The term of office is three years and the board meets on the second Thursday in January, April, July and October at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.


Parks and Recreation Commission

The Commission advises the Hickory Parks Recreation Department in the operation of recreational facilities and activities for all age groups and strives to enhance the quality of life at a cost that is the most economical for the city of Hickory. The commission provides input on a wide range of community recreational needs including programming, facilities, and maintenance. The 12-member commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at various City Parks and Recreation Centers.


Public Art Commission

The Public Art Commission was appointed by the Hickory City Council to provide a forum for integrating public art into the public space, to help create a visual sense of the community, and to provide leadership in implementing a public art program for Hickory. The Public Art Commission is composed of nine members - one from each ward, three at large members, and one Youth Council member. The terms are for three years. The Commission meets the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Planning and Development Conference Room at City Hall.


Recycling Advisory Board

This is an advisory board to the Solid Waste Manager which recommends waste reduction and recycling goals and objectives to the City Council to enable the city to meet the solid waste management goals set by the State and to encourage citizens to participate fully in the programs designed to achieve these goals. Membership consists of at least one member appointed from each of the six wards and 4 members appointed at large who reside and/or regularly do business in the City. The board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Public Works and Utilities Complex located at 1441 9th Avenue NE. For more information contact staff liaison Andrew Ballentine, Solid Waste Manager by email at aballentine@hickorync.gov or by phone at 828-323-7439.


University City Commission

The purpose of this board is to deepen and broaden the relationship between Lenoir-Rhyne University, the City of Hickory, and their students and residents. The Commission meets at 10:00 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month unless otherwise notified.  (Location rotates from LRU and City Hall - See Calendar of Events)


Youth Council

A vibrant group of young people who serve as an advisory council to the Hickory City Council. These high school students also participate in community service projects and hold events that build leadership skills for themselves and their peers.  The Youth Council meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. at various City facilities between August and May.  (See Calendar of Events)

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