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Boards & Commissions
Our boards and commissions represent the very best of what our city has to offer. These board members represent the interests of the city and designate guidelines, processes and procedures for consistent management of our city policies. If you are interested in serving on a board or commission, please complete the questionnaire below. Thank you in advance.
Protecting our environment
The Tree Board shall advise the city council on any matters pertaining to this orticle and its enforcement. The Tree Board shall be responsible for making recommendation to the city council for all city regulations concerning trees.
The Tree Board shall consist of a minimum of five members who shall all be residents and citizens of the city. All members shall be appointed by the mayor with the consent of the city council. The members of the commission shall serve a three year term.
The Tree Board meets quarterly on the 4th Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers.
Learning from the past
Historic Preservation Commission
The Historic Preservation Commission shall consist of nine voting members. Seven members shall be residents of the City of Macomb, appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council. The remaining members shall include the city’s downtown development director and a city council member, appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council.
The members shall be appointed on the basis of expertise, experience or interest in the area of local heritage and history, building construction, finance, rehabilitation and reuse of historical and architectural structures, small business or real estate.
Members of the commission shall be appointed for terms of three years. Of those members first taking office, two shall be appointed for one year, three for two years and two for three years. Alternate members shall be appointed to serve in the absence of or disqualification of the regular members. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term only. Member shall serve without compensation.
Officers shall consist of a chairman, vice-chairman and a secretary elected by the preservation commission who shall serve a term of one year and shall be eligible for re-election.
The commission meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in City Hall council chambers. Click here for a Meeting Schedule.
Community Development Coordination
Zoning Board of Appeals
The Board of Zoning Appeals shall consist of seven members appointed by the mayor with the consent of the city council. Each commission member shall serve a five year term.
The board of Zoning Appeals is hereby established and given its authority within the laws of the State of Illinois and by ordinance of the city council. The Board of Zoning Appeals shall have the following powers and duties:
To hear and decide appeals from, and to review orders, decisions, or determinations made by the community development coordination.
To hear and decide upon applications for variances from the requirements of the chapter.
To hear and decide all matters referred to it by the city council.
All hearings conducted by the Board of Zoning Appeals shall be open to the public. The Board of Zoning Appeals shall keep minutes of its proceedings showing the vote of each member upon each question, or if absent or failing to vote, indicating such fact, and shall also keep records of its hearings and other official actions. Findings of fact shall be included in the minutes of each case of a requested variation, and the reasons for granting or denying such application shall be specified. Every rule or regulation, and every order, requirement, decision or determination of the board shall be filed immediately in the office of the board and shall be a public record.
The Board of Zoning Appeals meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 5:15 p.m. in City Hall council chambers. Click here for a Meeting Schedule.
Growth & Development
Equal Opportunity and Fair Housing Commission
It is the desire o the city council to foster and encourage the growth and development of the city in a manner that will assure to all persons equal opportunity to live and work free if discrimination imposed because of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry or physical or mental handicap. The city government shall direct its efforts and resources toward eliminating any discriminatory practices within the city in the areas of housing, employment, city services and programs, law enforcement, and public accommodation. Click to access the complaint form.
In order to accomplish the policy set forth, there is hereby established a commission known as the equal opportunity and housing commission consisting of nine members who are broadly representative of the religious, racial, ethnic and economic groups in the city, to be appointed by the mayor upon consideration of recommendations from representative or constituent groups, with the advice and consent of the city council.
All nine members of the commission shall be inhabitants of the city. Membership of the commission shall be composed of one member who has housing-related expertise, one member of a minority group, one member from the local branch of the NAACP, one member from the ministerial alliance, and five at-large members appointed by the mayor with the consent of the city council.
The members of the commission shall serve a term of four years or until their successor is appointed and confirmed.
The commission meets quarterly on the 4th Thursday of January, April, July, and October at 5:30 pm in the City Hall Council chambers.
Liquor Advisory Commission
A liquor control advisory commission is given its authority by State law and by ordinance of the city council. The commission shall have the following powers and duties:
To perform the duties and functions requested by the local liquor commissioner and the city council; and
To be present at hearings held by the local liquor commissioner, sitting as a silent observer and submitting an advisory opinion to the local liquor commissioner on the decision and penalty.
The Liquor Advisory Commission shall consist of three members appointed by the mayor, with consent of a majority of the city council. Each commission member shall serve a three year term. The three year terms shall be staggered. A member whose term has expired may be reappointed for another three year term. The initial terms shall be as follows: one member shall serve a one year term, on shall serve a two year term and on shall serve a three year term.
The commission meets when there is business to address scheduled by the mayor.
Fire and Police Commission
The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners consisting of three members, as provided by statute, who shall serve without compensation. The Commissioners are appointed by the mayor with the consent of the city council. The terms of office shall be three years and until their respective successors shall be appointed and have qualified.
The commission is required to follow the State of Illinois Statute: Fire and Police Commission Statute. In addition, the commission follows local Rules and Regulations: Download PDF
The commission meets quarterly on the 2nd Tuesday of January, April, July, and October at 5:15pm at the Macomb Police Department at 120 S. McArthur.