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BOARDS & COMMISSIONS
Below is a current listing of our existing boards and commissions as well as a brief description of their purpose. Any person interested in making application may simply click on the pdf file to apply to serve in a volunteer capacity.
Because of the continuous change in the makeup of our boards and commissions, specific meeting dates are not listed here. For additional information about the frequency, dates and/or times of meetings, contact Kelly Kresser at 419.627.5850.
ADA Advisory Board
Animal Appeals Board
Bayfront Corridor Committee
Board of Zoning Appeals
Civil Service Commission
Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council
Downtown Design Review Committee
Downtown Parking Committee
Electrician Examining Board
Erie County General Health District
Erie Regional Planning Commission
Fair Housing Board
Fire Prevention Code Board of Appeals
Housing Appeals Board
Human Relations Commission
Income Tax Board of Review
Plumber Examining Board
Residential Building Code Board of Appeals
Revolving Loan Fund Committee
Sandusky Tree Commission
Solid Waste Collection Review Board
Tax Incentive Review Council
The A.D.A. Advisory Board was established in 2001 to provide a self-evaluation of the services, programs, facilities, policies and procedures of the city ensuring non-discrimination on the basis of disability. This board makes recommendations for corrective measures to provide accessibility for city services, programs and facilities to persons with disabilities.
The A.D.A. Advisory Board is made up of seven members and they serve for a two-year term. According to the Code of Ordinances, these members must be residents of the City of Sandusky.
The City of Sandusky remains committed to full compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and to continue to make the City's public programs and facilities accessible to the disabled and those with mobility impairments. The ADA Board recently adopted a Proclamation declaring these goals.
ADA Advisory Board's Mission Statement: To assist the City of Sandusky, actualize and thereby assure its residents and visitors:
- A user-friendly community that is accessible for all.
- A City that is disability-receptive, sensitive, supportive and responsive to the unique needs of physically and mentally challenged.
- An ADA compliant environment that abets as well as fosters the spirit of attainable, discreet independence.
- An ADA Advisory Board that acts as an attentive conduit of ideas and concerns involving the disabled community with the City.
The Animal Appeals Board was created in 2004 to conduct hearings pertaining to dangerous or vicious animals. This board is made up of the city’s Law Director, a doctor of veterinary medicine and an officer or board member of the Humane Society of Erie County.
The Audit/Finance Committee was created to review the annual unaudited financial report submitted to the Auditor of State, to periodically review the process used to prepare financial information, to review audit results and ensure that audit recommendations are addressed. Members also serve as a liaison between management and independent auditors and to assist, in an advisory capacity to the City Commission and the city administration in the preparation of written financial reports and control policies.
The Audit/Finance Committee is made up of seven members of the community with backgrounds in business in addition to the Finance Director, the City Manager and one member of the City Commission. Members serve for two-year terms.
The Bayfront Corridor Committee exists to provide feedback and support for development projects along Sandusky Bay such as the Paper District, the Sandusky Bay Pathway, Brownfield sites, etc. This Committee is predominantly made up of city residents or business owners who have a vested interest in our waterfront and its future development.
The Oakland Cemetery Board was established in 1975 to make rules, bylaws and regulations for the management and protection of Oakland Cemetery. Seven members make up this board and each serves at the pleasure of the City Commission for three-year terms.
The Civil Service Commission was established to assist with the hiring and termination processes for city employees. Members are appointed for two-year terms in compliance with the laws of the State of Ohio and adopt rules and regulations consistent with these laws.
The Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council consists of seven members serving for three-year terms.
This Council makes annual inspections of properties within the Community Reinvestment Area of the City of Sandusky for which exemptions have been granted. Further, they hear appeals from property owners whose CRA applications have been denied or tax exemptions revoked by the Housing Officer.
The Downtown Design Review Committee was established to make recommendations about changes to structures and objects in the downtown district when staff of the Community Development Department cannot resolve problems.
There are 3 – 6 members of this committee who serve three-year terms who must reside in Erie County (three being city residents) and their meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis. More specifically, some members must have expertise in certain areas such as architecture, planning, law, history, design or art.
The Downtown Design Review District boundaries are Sandusky Bay on the north, Hancock Street on the east, Washington Street on the south, and Decatur Street on the west. All properties within such boundaries and all properties fronting on the opposite side of Washington, Decatur, and Hancock Streets are subject to the regulations of this chapter.
The Downtown Parking Committee is an advisory committee and was established to address parking issues in the downtown area on an on-going basis. Members of the committee include city staff, business and property owners and residents of the downtown area. There are no terms for membership on this Committee.
The Examining Board of Electricians consists of five members, one of which must be a licensed electrical contractor, one licensed journeyman electrician, one member from the local electric utility and one member of the Sandusky Fire Department.
Members serve for one year terms and the board meets to examine and subsequently grant journeyman electrician’s licenses or for other matters, including complaints, relating to the installations of electrical wiring.
According to the Ohio Association of Boards of Health, Erie County has representation from each municipality (of 5,000 or more) on this board. According to our population, Sandusky has five members on the Erie County Board of Health and they are appointed to serve five–year terms by the Sandusky City Commission.
The Board of Health sets goals & policies, hires and evaluates the Health Commissioner, reviews operational data, inquires of organizational activities and controls expenditures of the Health District.
The Erie Regional Planning Commission is in place to make plans and maps throughout the county identifying transportation, highways, park and recreational facilities, water supply, sewage and sewage disposal, garbage disposal, civic centers and other public improvements which affect the development of the county. Changes, supplements or deletions from plans or maps are made through recommendations of this Commission.
Membership of this regional commission includes one representative and one alternate representative from each municipality, township or village in the county. The City Commissioners appoint these representatives each calendar year.
The Fair Housing Board was established to assist city residents with housing related issues whether through landlords, tenants or property owners. Hearings may be conducted if violations to the city’s housing ordinance have been made.
The Board consists of 5 members who must be residents of the city. The terms are staggered for membership; each member respectively holds: one 1-year term, one 2-year term, one 3-year term, one 4-year term, and one 5-year term. There are also two alternate members, each serving a 5-year term.
The Fire Prevention Code Board of Appeals was established to rule upon appeals made through an order of the Fire Chief. There are five members on this board and are each appointed for one-year terms. Members must be qualified by experience and training to matters pertaining to fire prevention. Meetings are held on an as-needed basis.
The Housing Appeals Board was established to rule upon appeals made against the city’s Housing Code. There are five members on this board and each is appointed for three-year terms. In addition, there are two alternate members of the board who also serve three-year terms. Members must be qualified by experience and training pertaining to matters related to property maintenance.
The Human Relations Commission was originally established in 1967 to do and accomplish all things feasible and practical which will eliminate practices of discrimination against individuals because of race, color, creed, national origin or ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, age, or disability in our community. Additionally, this Commission has a duty to reduce and eliminate prejudices, tensions, disorders and discriminations in Sandusky.
There are nine members who must be residents of the city and are appointed to serve for terms of five years.
The Income Tax Board of review consists of three residents of the city.
This Board was created to conduct hearings with persons dissatisfied with a ruling or decision made by the Income Tax Division of the City of Sandusky. This Board meets on an as-needed basis.
The MPO Policy Committee’s purpose is to guide the development and implementation of a coordinated, comprehensive and continuing urban transportation planning program for all of Erie County in cooperation with the cities, villages and townships, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Membership consists of ten members chosen from various governmental bodies of Erie County, one ODOT representative, and one Federal Highway Administration representative.
The Planning Commission is governed according the Ohio Revised Code, Section 713.02 and is responsible to make decisions on site plan and off-street parking proposals, lot combinations, minor and major subdivisions and recommendations on zoning map and zoning code amendments, right-of-way vacations and planned unit developments. Recommendations are made for the general location, character and extent of all properties, both public and private, in Sandusky.
There are seven members of the Planning Commission including six residents of the city and one representative from the Sandusky City Commission. Members serve for terms of six years.
The Plumber Examining Board consists of five members, one of which who is the city’s Plumbing Inspector, two master plumbers and two journeyman plumbers. Members serve for one-year terms and the board meets to examine and subsequently grant licenses to conduct plumbing within the City of Sandusky.
The Records Commission was established according to the State of Ohio’s guidelines to provide rules for retention and disposal of municipal records and to review applications for records disposal and schedules of records retention and disposition submitted by municipal offices.
In addition to the City Manager, the Finance Director and the Law Director, there is one community member.
The Recreation Board assists in the development of long-range planning for recreation programs for the City of Sandusky. In addition, members assist the City Manager in obtaining, maintaining and operating recreational facilities throughout the city.
There are eight members of the Recreation Board who are residents of the city. Members serve three-year terms. More specifically, one of the members is a member or designee of the Sandusky Board of Education.
TheResidential Building Code Board of Appeals was established in 1980. This board consists of five members who are qualified by experience and training to pass on matters pertaining to building construction.
Individuals may take an appeal to the Residential Building Code Board of Appeals from any decision of the Building Official. Meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis.
The Revolving Loan Fund Committee was established in 1986 to assist in the distribution of Federal and State grant/loan programs administered by the City of Sandusky.
The Committee is made up of one representative from: a) city government, b) citizens of the community, c) financial institutions, d) utilities, and, e)business community.
Sandusky’s Tree Commission was established to consider matters related to the care, preservation, trimming, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in all public areas. The Commission also assists in educating and informing residents about proper care and selection of trees and shrubs.
There are eight members of the Tree Commission, including the Superintendent of Forestry, one member of the City Commission, and five residents of the city. Their terms are three years in duration.
The Solid Waste Collection Review Board was established to hear and decide upon appeals of individuals relating to solid waste collection efforts in the city. There are three members of this board who must be residents of the city and at least one shall have experience, education and/or expertise in the area of solid waste hauling or recycling processes. Terms of office are three years.
The Tax Incentive Review Council was developed to be a review body for each Enterprise Zone authority. Members are composed of: 1) Chief Executive Officer of the city; 2) a member of the legislative authority; 3) County Auditor; 4) Chief Financial Officer; 5) individual appointed by the Board of Education, and; 6) two members of the public. Further, at least four members of the Council must be residents of the city and at least one of the two members appointed shall be a minority.
The Board of Zoning Appeals was created to conduct hearings for appeals by any person aggrieved or affected by rulings made by the Planner or other administrative official (except the Planning Commission) in the interpretation of the Zoning Code. The Board then has the authority to reverse or affirm the respective decisions.
The Board is made up of five members who are residents of the city and serve five-year terms.
The Sandusky Youth Commission was created in 2011 for the purpose of providing a youthful viewpoint on matters pertaining to the youth of the community. Members of this commission act in an advisory capacity to the Sandusky City Commission on matters pertaining to the youth population and municipal government.
Members are nominated for appointment through the Sandusky City School Board, the Sandusky City Commission and the Superintendent of Sandusky City Schools. They serve for one year and must be in Grades 9 - 12.