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City Council has established advisory boards and commissions to allow citizens to participate in Oberlin Government. More than 70 Oberlin residents participate, providing recommendations to City officials on a variety of issues. City staff members serve as coordinators with each of these groups. Council reviews applications and conducts interviews with candidates as part of the selection process. For more information, call Oberlin's Clerk of Council at 440-775-7203.

CITY GOVERNMENT:  BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS LISTING

Central Lorain County Ambulance District

Member Title End of Term
Ron Rimbert Primary Member December 31, 2014
Kristin Peterson Alternate Member December 31, 2014


City Records Commission
Five member board provides rules for retention and disposal of records of the City corporation and to review applications for one – time disposal and schedules of records retention and disposition submitted by City offices.  Meets on a bi-annual basis, at 85 S. Main Street in Conference Room 1 @ 10:00 a.m.

Member Title End of Term
Belinda Anderson Clerk of Council, Chair Unlimited
Gerard "Gerry" Findlan Public Member December 31, 2015
Eric Norenberg City Manager Unlimited
John D. Clark Law Director Unlimited
Sal Talarico Finance Director Unlimited
Elizabeth Meadows Council Liaison  
Marissa Toothman Secretary  


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.

Member Title End of Term
Robert Coan Member December 31, 2015
Mike Loflin Member December 31, 2016
Philip Verda Member December 31, 2014
Anne Beth Weiss Member December 31, 2016
Vacant Member December 31, 2014
Elizabeth Meadows Council Liaison  
Wanda Davis ACM/HRA, Staff Support  
Annette Wey Secretary  


Design Review Subcommittee
Five member committee reviews matters referred by the Director of Planning and Development or the Planning Commission. Meets the first and third Wednesday of the month, at 85 S. Main Street in Conference Room 2 @ 4:00 p.m.

Member Title End of Term
James Young (Historic Preservation) Chair December 31, 2014
Carol Spiros (OSVE) Vice Chair  
Jennifer Wilson, (Council) Member December 31, 2014
Peter Crowley, (Planning) Member December 31, 2014
Richard Gallagher (Planning) Member December 31, 2014
Sharon Soucy Council Liaison  
Gary Boyle Planning/Dev. Director, Staff Support   
Wendie Flemming Secretary  


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.

Member Title End of Term
Eric Norenberg City Manager, Member December 31, 2014
Scott Broadwell Council President, Member December 31, 2014
Norman Bevan Public Member December 31, 2014
Dennis Kirin Fire Chief, Ex Officio Member December 31, 2014
Diane Ramos Secretary  


Firefighter’s Dependents 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.

Member Title End of Term
Chales Bailey Member December 31, 2014
Scott Braodwell Member December 31, 2014
Shawn Clawson Member December 31, 2014
Elizabeth Meadows Member December 31, 2014
Susan Hiesser Assistant Fire Chief Secretary December 31, 2014


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.

Member Title End of Term
Elizabeth "Liz" Schultz Chair December 31, 2014
Doren Harley Vice Chair December 31, 2014
Stepen Johnson III Member December 31, 2016
Donna L. VanRaaphorst Member December 31, 2016
James Young Member December 31, 2014
Elizabeth Meadows Council Liaison  
Carrie Handy EHD Officer, Staff Support  
Saundra Phillips Secretary  


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 the fourth Thursday of every other month, at  85 S. Main Street  in Conference Room 2 @ 4:00 p.m.

Member Title End of Term
Doren Harley Chair December 31, 2014
Jon Hall Vice Chair December 31, 2016
Norman Bevan Member December 31, 2015
Stephen Campbell Member December 31, 2016
Peter Crowley Member December 31, 2014
Scott Broadwell Council Liaison  
Gary Boyle Planning/Dev. Director, Staff Support  
Saundra Phillips Secretary  


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 second Tuesday of the month, at 85 S. Main Street in Conference Room 2 @ 6:30 p.m.

Member Title End of Term
Martin Buck Chair December 31, 2015
Barbara Mehwald Member December 31, 2016
Joanne Rahn Member December 31 2016
Megan Schief Member December 31, 2014
Vacant Member December 31, 2014
Bryan Burgess Council Liaison  
Wanda Davis Staff Support  
Diane Ramos Secretary  


Income Tax Board of Review
Five 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.

Member Title End of Term
James Holliman Member December 31, 2016
Vacant Member December 31, 2016
Bert Locke Member December 31, 2016
Darren McDonough Member December 31, 2016
Vacant Member December 31, 2016
Sal Talarico Finance Director, Staff Liaison  


Library Board of Trustees
Appointments made by City Council in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code – Members serve four-year terms which are staggered with three members terms ending 2 years earlier than the other three.

Member Title End of Term
Mary Picken President December 31, 2014
Julia Binder V-President December 31, 2014
Meredith Gadsby Member December 31, 2016
Mary Kirtz-Van Nortwick Member December 31, 2014
James Peake Member December 31, 2016
Audrey Kolb Member December 31, 2016
Jeff Baumann Member December 31, 2016


 Lorain County General Health District Board

Member Title End of Term
Edward Von Hofen Amherst and Oberlin Representative December 31, 2014


Oberlin Community Improvement Corporation (OCIC) Board
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  Quarterly first Wednesday of the month, at 85 S. Main Street in Conference Room 1 @ 8:00 a.m.

Member Title End of Term
Public Sector Members - (2 year Staggered terms)
Bryan Stubbs Chair December 31, 2016
Scott Broadwell Vice Chair December 31, 2016
Marianne Cochrane Member December 31, 2014
Eric Norenberg Member December 31, 2014
David Sonner Member December 31, 2014
Kristin Peterson Member December 31, 2016
Private Sector Members – (3 Year Staggered Terms)
Steve Fleming Member December 31, 2015
Dennis J. Flood Member December 31, 2015
Mary Fowler Member December 31, 2014
Janet K. Haar Member December 31, 2015
Tina Reed Member December 14, 2015
Frank Carlson Legal Counsel  
Sal Talarico Treasurer  
Carrie Handy EHD Officer, Staff Support  
Wendie Fleming Secretary  


Oberlin Early Childhood Center

Member Title End of Term
Sharon Pearson Member December 31, 2014


Ohio Municipal Electric Association
Sixteen member board is legislative liaison for eighty-one (81) Ohio municipal electric systems and serves to protect the independence and constitutional right of these municipal electric system.  The OMEA also serves as the legislative liaison to AMP and represents both the State and Federal legislative interest for AMP member systems.  Meets four times a year.

Member Title End of Term
Scott Broadwell Council Representative December 31, 2017


Open Space and 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 Rom 2 @ 5:00 p.m.

Member Title End of Term
Kate Pilacky Chair December 31, 2014
Carol Spiros Vice Chair December 31, 2014
Pradnya Martz Member December 31, 2016
Melissa Reed Member December 31, 2016
David Sonner Member December 31, 2014
Kristin Peterson Council Liaison  
Jeff Baumann Public Works Director, Staff Support  
Sheri Runals Secretary  


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.

Member Title End of Term
Peter Crowley Chair December 31, 2014
Matt Adelman Vice Chair December 31, 2014
Ellen Mavrich Member December 31, 2016
Tony Scott Member December 31, 2015
Bryan Stubbs Member December 31, 2016
Sharon Soucy Council Liaison  
Gary Boyle Planning/Dev. Director, Staff Support  
Wendie Fleming Secretary  


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. 

Member Title End of Term
John Scofield Chair December 31, 2016
Marianne Cochrane Vice-Chair December 31, 2014
Kristin Braziunas Member December 31, 2015
Daniel Gardner Member December 31, 2014
Carl N. McDaniel Member December 31, 2016
Scott Broadwell Council Liaison  
Steve Dupee OMLPS Director, Staff Support  
Cindy Simons Secretary  


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.

Member Title End of Term
Tanya Rosen-Jones Chair December 31, 2015
Jaquita Willis Vice Chair December 31, 2014
Erik Andrews Member December 31, 2014
James Banta Member December 31, 2016
Michael Gaines Member December 31, 2016
Erik Andrew Member December 31, 2014 
Ron Rimbert Council Liaison  
Ian Yarber Recreation Coordinator, Staff Support, Secretary  


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.

Member Title End of Term
Jennifer Wilson Chair December 31, 2016
Heather Adelman Vice-Chair December 31, 2015
Norman Bevan Member December 31, 2014
Bridget Flynn Member December 31, 2016
Paul Kobulnicky Member December 31, 2014
Sharon Pearson Council Liaison  
Jeff Baumann Public Works Director, Staff Support  
Sheri Runals Secretary  


Senior Citizens

Member Title End of Term
Roger Cooper Member December 31, 2014


Underground Railroad Center Implementation Team
Nine member committee servers as the primary advisory body to the City Council during the design, fundraising, construction, and implementation phases of the Underground Railraod Center Project.  Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 85 S. Main Street in Conference Room 1 @ 3:00 pm.

Member Title End of Term
George Abram Chair Unlimited Terms
Leo Evans Member Unlimited Terms
Becky Lower Member Unlimited Terms
Tony Mealy Member Unlimited Terms
Barbara Mehwald Member Unlimited Terms
Jessie Reeder Member Unlimited Terms
Kenneth Sloane Member Unlimited Terms
Donna Van Raaphorst Member Unlimited Terms
Vacant Member Unlimited Terms
Sharon Pearson Council Liaison  
Wanda Davis  Staff Support  
Diane Ramos Secretary  


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.

Member Title End of Term
Stephen Campbell Chair December 31, 2015
Marion Campbell Vice Chair December 31, 2014
Gerald Findlan Member December 31, 2014
Kurt Sarringhaus Member December 31, 2015
Thomas Weber Member December 31, 2016
Bryan Burgess Council Liaison  
Gary Boyle Planning/Dev. Director, Staff Support  
Wendie Fleming Secretary  

Contact Information

Scott Broadwell
Council President
Phone: (440) 935-8547
Contact Council President


Sharon Fairchild-Soucy
Vice President
Phone: (440) 775-4031
Contact Council Vice President


Bryan Burgess
Phone: (440) 707-6026
Contact Council Member


Elizabeth J. Meadows
Phone: (440) 775-7025
Contact Council Member


Sharon Pearson
Phone: (440) 452-6607
Contact Council Member


Kristin Peterson
Phone: (440) 775-4652
Contact Council Member

Ron Rimbert
Phone: (440) 775-2343
Contact Council Member


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