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Boards & Commissions Summaries
Board of Examiners of Stationary Engineers
Members
Three members appointed by the City Council for terms which expire on the first Monday in May, succeeding the regular biannual city election; provided however, all appointments remain in effect until successors have been appointed. The city clerk or a designated representative of that office will serve as secretary to the board. Members of the board must be licensed stationary engineers, belong to the N.A.P.E., and be well informed as to the construction, operation, and theory of steam boilers and steam engines.

Powers & Duties
Powers and duties of the board include determination of qualifications, examinations, and licensing of stationary engineers,which relates to the operation of steam engines, boilers, pumps, and turbines.

Board of Fire and Police Commissioners
Members
Five members appointed by the City Council for three year terms. Of the five members, one minority, one woman, one member of the employee class, one member of the employing class, and one representative citizen not identified with either employee or employing groups.

Powers & Duties
Powers and duties include hiring and discipline of members of the fire department and hiring of members of the police department with the exception of specified upper management positions and promotions for sergeants and lieutenants.

Board of Health
Members
Members are appointed by the City Council. The board is composed of one physician, one dentist, one registered nurse, and such other members as may otherwise be determined by the City Council. The physician and dentist appointed to the board shall be engaged in active practice in the city. The board elects one of its members as chairman. The city’s public health officer is the executive officer and secretary of the board.

Powers & Duties
Powers and duties include holding quarterly meetings and special meetings as necessary, initiating and carry out activities deemed necessary and desirable in the promotion and protection of health and control of disease, and recommending to the City Council the adoption of ordinances as may be deemed necessary and desirable for the promotion and protection of the public health and the control of disease.

Board of Local Improvements
Members consist of the mayor and members of the City Council. The mayor serves as president. Powers and duties of the board relate to administration of special assessments.

Building Commission
Members
The commission shall consist of seven voting members. Four members shall be appointed to the commission by the city council and shall include a registered structural engineer experienced in building construction, a licensed architect experienced in building construction, a general contractor experienced in commercial and / or industrial construction, and a general contractor experienced in residential construction. Each appointed member shall either be a resident of the city or shall have their principal employment within the city. Each member so appointed shall serve for three years and may be reappointed by the City Council. The City Council appoints one member as chairman.

Powers & Duties
Power and duties of the commission include holding hearings and making rulings on appeals pertaining to the electrical, plumbing, heating, building, and fire safety regulations of the city or denials of registration as a warm air heating or electrical contractor; review recommendations of the electrical, warm air heating, and plumbing committees for modifications of codes relating to building process; and recommending to the City Council changes in any codes as deemed necessary for the protection of public health and safety.

Electrical Committee
Members
Five members are appointed by the City Council for three year terms. The voting members of the electrical committee shall be comprised of three electrical contractors registered within the city and one representative employed or otherwise affiliated with an electricity supply company. The chief of the fire department or his / her designee shall also serve on the electrical committee as a voting member. The director of the department of code administration and development services or his / her designee, shall be an ex-officio member of the electrical committee with no voting rights.

Powers & Duties
Powers and duties include recommending to the building commission provisions for the city’s electrical code and review of completed applications and examinations of applicants for registration as an electrical contractor.

HVAC Committee
Members
Three members are appointed by the City Council for three year terms. Each member shall be an experienced, qualified HVAC contractor and shall be registered as an HVAC contractor within the city. The director of the department of code administration and development services or his / her designee shall be an ex-officio member with no voting rights.

Powers & Duties
Powers and duties include recommending to the building commission provisions for the city’s warm air heating code and review of completed applications and examinations of applicants for registration as a warm air heating contractor.

Plumbing Committee
Three members are appointed by the City Council for three year terms. Each member shall be registered as a plumbing contractor within the city. The director of the department of code administration and development services or his / her designee shall be an ex-officio member with no voting rights. Power and duties include recommendations to the building commission regarding the city’s plumbing code.

Centre Advisory Board
Members
Seven members are appointed by the City Council. Each member of the board appointed shall serve for two years and may be reappointed to a consecutive term of one year. In addition, one member of the City Council shall be appointed by the City Council as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board. All members of the board shall as a condition of their original appointment and continued membership on the board have a membership at The Centre or be active in programs or activities offered at The Centre. The majority of the members of the board shall have active memberships at The Centre.

Powers & Duties
Powers and duties include making recommendations to the City Council to improve The Centre building, recommending new ideas or programs to improve and meet the needs of The Centre, reviewing customer service communications at The Centre, providing recommendations to improve customer service, and preparing and submitting an annual report to the City Council concerning its activities.

Cultural Arts Commission
Ten members are appointed by the City Council for three-year terms. All members must be residents of the city who are known to have an interest and expertise in the function of the commission. Powers and duties include making recommendations to the City Council for the provision of the environment in which cultural arts will flourish in the city and fostering educational opportunities and enhance the quality of life for residents of the city by making recommendations to develop arts and cultural programs.

Economic Development Council
Members
The ciouncil consists of 15 members; four are ex-officio members do not have the right to vote. Two members are City Council members appointed by the mayor. Two members are from the general public appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. Seven members are from the business community appointed by the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce. Four members are ex-officio members holding the office of City of Elgin City Manager, Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President, FRWRD Executive Director and Elgin Community College President. Members are appointed for two-year terms.

Powers & Duties
Powers and duties of the council are advisory in nature to the city and to the Chamber of Commerce regarding influencing the expansion and redevelopment of existing businesses and industry and attracting new business and industry to the city.

Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Members
Of the 13 members on the Board of Directors, four are appointees of the mayor and City Council. Membership on the Board of Directors may be increased by amending the bylaws to accommodate representation of additional municipalities as they become funding resources. Representation of additional cities shall be limited to one member for each additional city. One additional City of Elgin member shall be added for each two members from new municipalities. Two of the four members to be appointed by the mayor and City Council may be members of the City Council. Members serve two-year terms.

Powers & Duties
Powers and duties include encouraging, fostering, promoting, and stimulating conventions and tourism in the Elgin area.

Emergency Telephone System (E-911 Board)
Five members are appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council for three-year terms. Powers and duties include planning, coordinating, and supervising an E-911 Emergency Telephone System.

Heritage Commission
Members
Nine members appointed by the City Council for three-year terms. The building official or his / her designee serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the commission and acts as secretary of the commission. Members shall include one architect, one local historian, one licensed real estate agent, and one representative of the Elgin Area Historical Society to the extent that such professionals or persons are available.

Members shall also be appointed from among professionals in the disciplines of architectural history, historical architecture, planning, archeology, historic preservation, or related fields to the extent that such professionals are available and may also include other persons who have demonstrated special interest, knowledge, or experience in architecture, history, neighborhood preservation, or related discipline.

Powers & Duties

Powers and duties relate generally to promoting the preservation of historic and architecturally significant structures and areas including making recommendations to the City Council for preservation of historic districts; and designation of landmarks and issuance of certificates of appropriateness through the design review subcommittee.

Heritage Design Review Subcommittee
Members
Four members from the Heritage Commission and one representative from each of the city’s historic districts. Elections of members of the subcommittee who are members of the Heritage Commission are elected by the entire Heritage Commission each June. Members of the subcommittee who are historic representatives shall be appointed by the City Council. The terms of the members of the Design Review Subcommittee shall be for one year.

Powers & Duties
The committee is responsible for receiving applications for and issuing or denying certificates of appropriateness affecting the exterior architectural appearance of any designated landmark or of any property within an historic district. The design Review Subcommittee provides technical assistance as to the application of design guidelines for proposed work on any landmark or on any property within a historic district.

Housing Authority of Elgin

Five members are appointed by the mayor with the approval and consent of the City Council for five-year terms or until a successor is appointed. Commissioners must be residents of the area of the operation of the housing authority. Powers and duties include providing for and maintaining the public housing of the authority.

Human Relations Commission
Up to seven members are appointed by the City Council for three-year terms. Powers and duties include providing advice and consultation to the city on all matters involving prejudices or discrimination and conducting investigations and hearings on claims of employment and housing discrimination.

Image Advisory Commission
Nine members are appointed by the City Council for three-year terms. The City Council appoints one member to serve as chairman. Powers and duties include analysis and recommendations on upgrading the appearance of the city and developing recommendations on specific projects to encourage projects by service clubs and other organizations concerned with the beautification of the city.

Liquor Commission
Members consist of the mayor and members of the City Council. The mayor serves as chairman. Power and duties include issuance of liquor licenses and conducting hearings on violations of liquor license regulations.

Parks & Recreation Board
Members
Eight members are appointed by the City Council for three-year terms. The City Council appoints one member to serve as chairman. In addition to the eight members regularly appointed by the City Council, the Elgin YMCA Future Leaders selects two representatives to share the youth member position.

Powers & Duties
Powers and duties include advising the city relative to the operations and maintenance of city parks and recreational facilities and preparation of suggested comprehensive plan for parks and recreational facilities.

Planning & Development Commission
Seven members are appointed by the City Council for three-year terms. The City Council appoints one member to serve as chairman. Powers and duties include making recommendations on a comprehensive plan and holding public hearings and meetings for annexations, text and map amendments to the zoning ordinance, planned developments, conditional uses, and variations that are associated with a map amendment and subdivisions.

Property Maintenance Board of Appeals
Members
Seven members are appointed by the mayor and the City Council for five-year terms or until a successor is appointed. Membership shall include five people who are qualified by experience and training to pass on matters pertaining to the property maintenance code and two members at-large who may or may not have such experience and training.

Powers & Duties
Powers and duties include hearing appeals based on claims that the true intent of the code or rules adopted there under have been incorrectly interpreted or that the provisions of the code do not fully apply to a specified circumstance.

Zoning & Subdivision Hearing Board
Members
Seven members are appointed by the City Council for three-year terms. The City Council appoints one member to serve as chairman.

Powers & Duties
Powers and duties include advising the City Council regarding policies, standards, and ordinances associated with zoning and subdivision matters; holding public hearings and meetings and making decisions concerning zoning and subdivision variations; and making findings and recommendations to the City Council concerning conditional uses except planned developments and appeals from the development administrator.