Notice of City Board & Commission Openings

Vacancies on city boards, commissions, and committees offer Oberlin citizens opportunities to serve their community. There are a number of vacancies on City Boards, Commissions, and Committees beginning January 1, 2018.

Eligibility

Candidates must be residents and registered and qualified electors of the Municipality at the time of their appointment.

Current Opportunities

Civil Service Commission

Five member commission conducts practical and impartial examinations, provide a list of eligible employees and arrange for promotions to positions within the Classified Service and hears appeals on disciplinary matters involving Oberlin municipal employees.  Meets the first Wednesday of every other month, at 85 S. Main Street in Conference Room 1 @ 5:30 p.m. (Staggered Terms, Full Term 3 years).  There are currently 2 vacancies.

Fire Code Appeal Board

Three member board hears and decides appeals of orders, decisions, or determinations made by the Fire Chief or any Municipal Fire Safety Inspector relative to the application and interpretation of the Fire Prevention Code. Meets on an “as needed” basis.  (Annual Term). There is currently 1 vacancy.

Firefighters Dependents Fund Board

Five member board authorized to make all necessary rules and regulations for the handling and processing of claims which may be submitted to it and shall perform all such other duties as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter and the provisions of Ohio Revised Code Chapter 146. Meets on an “as needed” basis.  (Annual Term). There are currently 2 vacancies.

Historic Preservation Commission

Five member commission protects and promotes the historic character of the City and oversees the appearance of construction and renovation projects and recommends to City Council the designation of landmarks and historic districts. Meets the third Tuesday of every other month, at 85 S. Main Street in Conference Room 2, @ 4:00 p.m. (Staggered Terms, Full Term 3 Years). There are currently 3 vacancies.

Housing Renewal Commission

Five member commission hears and decides appeals resulting from any order of decision made by a city administrative office in enforcing housing ordinances.  The commission may also authorize variances, provided they do not conflict with the public interest.  Meets on an as needed basis. (Staggered Term, Full Term 3 Years). There are currently 2 vacancies.

Human Relations Commission

Five member commission works toward a wholesome attitude of mutual respect and understanding among all people and organizations within the City.  The commission may enter into any alleged disputes, disagreements, misunderstandings or acts which involve the unlawful or unfair infringement upon basic human rights or freedoms guaranteed by law and investigate them, presenting reports, facts, findings and recommendations to Council, and serves in an advisory and consultative capacity to the City and to the City administration.  Meets the first Tuesday of each month, at 85 S. Main Street in Conference Room 1 @ 5:00 p.m. (Staggered Terms, Full Term 3 years). There are currently 2 vacancies.

Income Tax Board of Review

Three member board hears appeals made by any person dissatisfied with any ruling or decision of the income Tax Administrator.  Meets on an “as needed” basis. (2-Year Term). There are currently 3 vacancies.

Oberlin Community Improvement Corporation (OCIC)

Oberlin Community Improvement Corporation is a non-profit corporation formed under Chapters 1702 and 1724 of the Ohio Revised Code for the sole purpose of advancing, encouraging, and promoting industrial, economic, commercial and civic development within the City of Oberlin. Meets Monthly the Second Wednesday of the month, at 85 S. Main Street in Conference Room 1 @8:00 a.m. There are currently 3 public vacancies and 1 private vacancy.

Open Space Visual Environment Commission

Five member commission serves as an advisory body to City Council and shall cooperate with all other City, County and State agencies which are active in the area of open space development and preservation.  Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 85 S. Main Street in Conference Room 2 @ 5:00 p.m. (Staggered Terms, Full 3 Year Terms). There are currently 3 public vacancies and 1 private vacancy.

Planning Commission

Five member commission holds public hearings pertaining to the plan, design, location, removal, relocation, widening, extension, and vacation of streets, parkways, playgrounds and other public places; the approval of plats for subdivision of land; and the zoning of the City for any lawful purpose.  The Commission endeavors to formulate plans for the future physical development of the City.  Meets the first and third Wednesday of the month, at 85 S. Main Street in Conference Room 2 @ 4:30 p.m. (Staggered Term, Full Term 3 Years). There is currently 1 vacancy.

Public Utilities Commission

Five member commission serves as an advisory body to the City Council on any and all questions concerning the maintenance, operation and improvement of the public utilities serving the City, both privately and municipally owned.  Meets the second Tuesday of the month, at 85 S. Main Street in Conference Room 1 @ 6:00 p.m. (Staggered Terms, Full Term 3 Years). There are currently 2 vacancies.

Recreation Commission

Five member commission serves as an advisory body to the Council on any and all questions concerning the operation and improvement of City recreation programs.  Meets the third Tuesday on a bi-monthly basis (excluding summer months), at 85 S. Main Street in Conference Room 2 @ 7:00 p.m. (Staggered Terms, Full Term 3 Years). There are currently 2 vacancies.

Resource Conservation and Recovery Commission

Five member commission reviews proposed rules and advises City Council regarding the City’s refuse, recyclable materials and yard waste collection program.  Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 85 S. Main Street in Conference Room 2 @ 6:30 p.m. (Staggered Terms, Full Term 3 Years). There are currently 2 vacancies.

Zoning Board of Appeals

Five member board hears and decides appeals resulting from any order or decision made by a city administrative officer in enforcing zoning ordinances.  The board may also authorize zoning variances, provided they do not conflict with the public interest.  Meets on an “as needed” basis. (Staggered Terms, Full Term 3 Years). There are currently 2 vacancies.

Applications

Persons interested in serving can pick up an application at the Oberlin Clerk of Council’s office located at 85 South Main Street, Oberlin, Ohio or may visit the City’s website at:

http://www.cityofoberlin.com/application-to-serve-on-a-board-commission-or-committee/

The deadline for applications will be Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 4 p.m.