Get Involved in Your City Government

The City of Monroe has several boards and commissions that are made up of volunteers of the community. The following is a brief description of each. If you are interested in serving on a board or commission, please submit a letter of interest to Angela S. Wasson, Clerk of Council, City of Monroe, 233 South Main Street, P. O. Box 330, Monroe, Ohio 45050 or email to Angela Wasson no later than January 3, 2008. Unless otherwise indicated, you must be an elector of the City of Monroe and hold no compensated position with the City of Monroe to qualify.

Planning Commission
Planning Commission consists of five members, one of which is a Member of Council. The term of the citizen members is four years. Planning Commission conducts studies and surveys and prepares plans, reports and maps relative to the overall planning of the growth, development and redevelopment of the City and makes recommendations to City Council, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and the administrative officers of the City. This Commission is responsible for the continuous review of the effectiveness and appropriateness of the Planning and Zoning Code, review of site plans and conditional use permits, and review of subdivisions. Planning Commission meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm.
Board of Zoning Appeals
The Board of Zoning Appeals consists of five members with a term of five years. The Board of Zoning Appeals hears appeals from decisions issued by the Zoning Enforcement Officer relating to the enforcement of the Planning and Zoning Code and the International Property Maintenance Code. In addition, the Board of Zoning Appeals renders decisions on variance requests. The Board of Zoning Appeals meets on an as needed basis.
Park and Recreation Board
The Park and Recreation Board consists of five members with a term of five years. This Board studies the recreational needs of the City and develops plans for the operation, maintenance, and use of recreational facilities within the City. The Park and Recreation Board meets on an as needed basis.
Personnel Board
The Personnel Board consists of five members with a term of five years. This Board is responsible for the determination of merit and fitness for the basis for appointment and promotion of employees in the classified service of the City. The Personnel Board meets on an as needed basis.
Community Reinvestment Housing Council
The Community Reinvestment Housing Council consists of seven members with a term of three years. The Housing Council is responsible for making an annual inspection of all exempted properties and hearing appeals. The Housing Council has the power to overrule decisions of the
Housing Officer such as whether or not a project met the time and cost requirements or continued to comply with the provisions of the exemption agreement. The Community Reinvestment Housing Council meets on an as needed basis, but at least once per year.
Tax Incentive Review Council
The Tax Incentive Review Council (TIRC) consists of eight members as follows: 1) City Manager or designee; 2) a Member of Council appointed by the Mayor; 3) County Auditor or designee; 4) City Director of Finance or designee; 5) individual appointed by the School District; 6) individual appointed by the Joint Vocational District; and 7) Two appointments made by the City Manager with one required to be a minority (African-American, Hispanic, or Native American). The membership term is two years. The Review Council is responsible for annually reviewing all exemptions and determining if the owner of the exempted property has complied with the provisions of the exemption agreement (hiring practices, etc.). Based on those findings, the TIRC will recommend that the City continue, modify, or cancel each agreement. The TIRC issues recommendations that the City Council must then accept, reject, or modify in order to take action. The TIRC has no enforcement power by itself. The TIRC meets on an as needed basis, but at least once per year.
Income Tax Board of Review
The Income Tax Board of Review consists of three members for a term of three years. The Board of Review may affirm, reverse, or modify the Tax Commissioner’s decision or any part of that decision. The Income Tax Board of Review meets on an as needed basis.
Audit Committee
The Audit Committee consists of five members for a term of three years. The primary functions of the Audit Committee are to review financial information, review the system of internal controls, and provide independent recommendations to City Council. The Committee shall have one representative sit on the City Finance Committee in a non-voting, advisory capacity. The Audit Committee meets at least once quarterly at a time and place selected by a vote of its members.

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