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Boards and Commissions

Live at the Uni

The Arts Commission sponsors the Live at the Uni Concert series each fall.

Boards and Commissions are an important part of our democratic process.  Volunteer members offer City government a diversity of talents, an important perspective, and a high energy level for dealing with community concerns.  Boards and Commissions are established to research and review City programs, projects and issues, and to advise and recommend action to City Council.  Elected officials are ultimately the ones responsible to the community.

Boards and Commissions enable citizens to have a voice on issues early in the decision cycle, provide greater community participation in local government, and facilitate quality decisions by the City Council. The majority of Montgomery’s Boards and Commissions are members of either standing committees or commissions.

Members of these standing committees and commissions are appointed for several years and their areas of responsibility can be both broad and narrow in focus.  For instance, the Planning Commission is expected to make recommendations on the overall development of the City including zoning and long-term planning in addition to the approval of specific development projects.  Similarly, the Parks and Recreation Commission is expected to make recommendations on the overall development of City Parks as well as on the purchase of specific playground equipment.

Boards and Commissions were created by the City Council to advise and assist City Council in special issue areas.  Each Board and Commission is empowered to make recommendations to the City Council.  They make many decisions, but do not pass legislation, nor make the final determination of City policies or administrative direction.

Qualifications: There are no special qualifications required to volunteer for any of the Montgomery boards and commissions.

Arts Commission
Purpose To foster and promote the visual and performing arts within Montgomery.
Activities Photography Contest, Bastille Day Celebration, Fine Arts Sampler, Live at the Uni and July 3rd Concert
Meetings First Monday of the month, 5pm, City Hall
Appointment Appointed by City Council
Term 3 years
Max. Size 7 members
Members Christine Genovese, Greg Leader, Nancy Nolan, Rosalee Ritchie, Nancy Bolander, Elise Williams, vacancy
Beautification and Tree Commission
Purpose Develops a yearly plan for the care of trees, shrubs and flowers in public areas.
Activities Beautification Week flower planting, Beautification Awards, Arbor Day Celebrations, Tree City USA recognition, Plant Swaps, Downtown Holiday Decorating, hanging basket planting and tree workshops
Meetings Meets on the second Monday of the month, 9am, City Hall
Appointment Appointed by City Council
Term 3 years
Max. Size 7 members
Members  Shirley Freedman, Helen Grimes, Jane Hohn, Jodi Keith, Aaron Kellenberger, Martha Seaman, Jacquie Webb,
Board of Tax Review
Purpose To hear appeals of persons dissatisfied with rulings or decisions made by the Tax Commissioner for the purpose of affirming, reversing or modifying such rulings or decisions.
Meetings Meetings as needed
Appointment Appointed by City Council
Max. Size 3 Members
Members Council appointees: Gary Blomberg, Shari Kolnicki, and Ed Steinebrey  City Manager appointees: John Rothgeb, Robert Uhrig
Board of Zoning Appeals
Purpose Holds public meetings to review variance requests and appeals regarding the City zoning code.
Meetings Fourth Tuesday of the Month
Appointment Appointment by City Council
Term 4 years
Max. Size 7 members
Members Mary Jo Byrnes, Doug King, Tom Molloy, Livia Santschi, Bob Saul, Steve Uckotter and Richard White
Civil Service Commission
Purpose To ensure that all appropriate civil service examinations and procedures are applied for appointments and promotions in the classified service of the city and are made according to merit.
Meetings As needed
Appointment Appointment by City Council
Term 3 years
Max. Size 3 members
Members Michael Hawkins, Fred Kleiser, Benny Miles
Environmental Advisory Commission
Purpose To develop practical ways in which City Council, its Commissions, and City residents can responsibly use our resources so that Montgomery, Ohio is an environmentally-conscious community in which to live.
Appointment Appointment by City Council
Term 3 Years
Meetings Second Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm, City Hall
Max. Size 7 members
Members Laith Alfaqih, Ralph Buncher, Elaine Cohen, Mary Ann Folz, Mark Laskovics, Donna Schwartz,  Carol Suer
Landmarks Commission
Purpose To provide for the preservation of Montgomery’s historical, architectural and archaeological heritage.
Activities Making recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council on matters of legislation and development that may affect the city’s landmarks or heritage and working for the continuing education of the City’s residents and businesses to foster greater awareness of the City’s heritage.
Meetings Second Wednesday of the month, 7 pm, City Hall
Appointment Appointment by City Council
Term 3 years
Max. Size 7 members
Members Jane Garfield, Doug Hughes, Stephen Raab, Stephen Schmidlin, Larry Schwartz, David Clark, and Mark Stella
Parks and Recreation Commission
Purpose To improve the quality of life of Montgomery citizens through development and maintenance of an integrated park system and comprehensive recreational program.
Activities Developing a long term plan for the City’s park system while focusing on current safety standards, reviewing the recreation program and monitoring the pool policy.
Meetings Second Thursday of the Month, 6:30 pm, meeting locations vary
Appointment Appointment by City Council
Term 3 years
Max. Size 7 members
Members Cindy Deihl, Cherie Estill, Kristy Felss, Judy Lowe, Pete Teitelman, John Tholking, and Bev Stull
Planning Commission
Purpose Reviews and makes recommendations on zoning, development, and variance requests, subdivision proposals and code amendments.
Activities Members prepare studies and surveys, plans, reports, and maps as necessary to plan for the growth, development, redevelopment, rehabilitation and renewal of the City.
Meetings First and third Mondays of each month, 7:30pm, City Hall
Appointment Appointment by City Council
Term 4 years
Max. Size 7 members
Members Vince Dong, Barbara White, Michael Harbison, Darrell Leibson, James Matre, Barbara Steinebrey and Patrick Stull
Records Commission
Purpose To review record management procedures to ensure that they follow guidelines established both at the local and state level.
Activities Review schedules for records retention and applications for one-time records disposal pursuant to state guidelines.
Meetings As needed
Appointment Appointment by the City Manager
Members The City Manager, the Finance Director, the Law Director , and one citizen representative, currently Matthew Vanderhorst
Sister Cities Commission
Purpose To work towards “bringing the world together one friendship at a time.” Montgomery’s Sister City is Neuilly-Plaisance, France.
Activities The July Fourth Parade, Bastille Day Celebration, professional and student exchanges, the International Reception.
Meetings Third Tuesday of the month, 7pm, City Hall
Appointment Appointment by City Council
Term 3 years
Max. Size 7 members
Members Jody Ballah, Blair Davis, Kathy Lonneman, Patricia Robitaille, Dina Schmid, Marcallene Shockey, Jack Wild