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Below is a list of the City of Mount Vernon Boards and Commissions. If you have any questions regarding meetings or members, please call the
….. Mayor’s office (740-393-9517) or the
….. Safety Service Director’s office (740-393-9520).

Meetings:
Called as needed.

AUDIT REVIEW BOARD
Meets annually to review the results of the State Audit of City funds. All meetings called will be published in the Mount Vernon News.

For questions or member information, please call
740-393-9517

Meetings:
Every Thursday at 8:30 a.m., in Mayor’s office

BOARD OF CONTROL
This board approves contracts and contract change orders and authorizes the director of the appropriate department to enter into the contract.

For questions or member information, please call
740-393-9520

Meetings:
First and Third Wednesday of each month at
5:30 p.m., if there are items on the agenda.

BOARD OF PROPERTY MAINTENANCE APPEALS
This board meets to hear arguments from property owners who have received administrative sanctions and wish to appeal them before a citizen-run board. If the property owner is found to be free from the violation, then the penalty is rescinded. If the violation is upheld, then the next step of appeals is to the Court of Common Pleas.

For questions or member information, please call
740-393-9400

Meetings:
First and Third Wednesday of each month at
5:30 p.m., if there are items on the agenda.

BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS
The purpose of the BZA is to hear appeals of decisions rendered by zoning administrators, interpret unclear provisions in the zoning ordinance, and decide on applications by landowners to permit buildings or land uses which vary from the zoning regulations. (For more information consult the City Codified ordinances, Chapter 1155.08: BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS; POWERS AND DUTIES)

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For questions or member information, please call
740-393-2033

Meetings:
Called as needed.

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
The purpose of the Civil Service Commission is to govern the civil service regulations and oversee the budget of the Merit System Administrator. Board members develop an understanding of labor laws and civil service regulations.

For questions or member information, please call
740-392-0775

Meetings
Called as needed.

COMMUNITY HOUSING IMPROVEMENT STRATEGY
This public body has no regularly scheduled meeting. All meetings called will be published in the Mount Vernon News.

For questions or member information, please call
740-393-9517

Meetings:
Called when there is something on the agenda.

DATA BOARD
The data board reviews the technological needs and plans for the City of Mount Vernon and to recommend plans for advances in technological infrastructure to conduct city business.

Meetings:
Called when there is something on the agenda.
Then meets on the second Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers

HISTORICAL REVIEW COMMISSION
The purpose of the Historical Review Commission is to advise on the preservation of certain historical buildings and districts within the City of Mount Vernon. To maintain the architectural theme and neighborhood characteristics through the different buildings and homes. This group also helps to educate the public on the benefits of owning property in a historic district and to aid in the enhancement of property values within the districts.
740-393-2033

Meetings
Called as needed

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The purpose of the Library Board of Trustees is to oversee, manage, and decide on the disbursement of the interest of an endowment fund specifically used for library purposes.

For questions or member information, please call
740-392-2665

Meetings
Called as needed

LOCAL BOARD OF TAX REVIEW
The purpose of the Local Board of Tax Review is to hear appeals as provided in Ohio Revised Code Chapter 718, and consists of three members.

For questions or member information, please call
740-393-9524

Meetings
Called as needed

METROPOLITAN HOUSING AUTHORITY
This is a federally funded program since 1974 and consists of a volunteer board to administer the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program for Knox County. KMHA currently has 674, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers dedicated to this agency. A voucher represents a family receiving rental assistance.

For questions or member information, please call
740-397-8787

Meetings:
On the second Thursday of the month at 4 p.m.,
if there is something presented for the agenda.
Place Council Chambers

MUNICIPAL PLANNING COMMISSION

The purpose of the MPC is to balance the public good with private property rights and interests. The planning commission established under section 713.01 of the Revised Code shall make plans and maps of the whole or any portion of the municipal corporation, and of any land outside thereof, which, in the opinion of the commission, is related to the planning of the municipal corporation, and make changes in such plans or maps when it deems it advisable. Such maps or plans shall show the commission’s recommendations for the general location, character, and extent of streets, alleys, ways, viaducts, bridges, waterways, waterfronts, subways, boulevards, parkways, parks, playgrounds, aviation fields and other public grounds, ways, and open spaces; the general location of public buildings and other public property; the general location and extent of public utilities and terminals, whether publicly or privately owned or operated, for water, light, sanitation, transportation, communication, power, and other purposes; and the removal, relocation, widening, narrowing, vacating, abandonment, change of use of or extension of such public ways, grounds, open spaces, buildings, property, utilities, or terminals. With a view to the systematic planning of the municipal corporation, the commission may make recommendations to public officials concerning the general location, character, and extent of any such public ways, grounds, open spaces, buildings, property, utilities, or terminals.

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For questions or member information, please call
740-393-2033

Meetings:
Called as Needed

PATRIOTIC MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
This committee organizes and oversees the functions and activities of the Memorial Day Parade and service. Committee members work closely with the Mayor’s office and the Knox County Veterans Services.

For questions or member information, please call
740-393-9517

Meetings:
Called as Needed

RECORDS COMMISSION
This commission has the purpose of overseeing the records retention for city documents. They work closely with the different departments and specifically identify a plan for obsolete records (RC1), record retention schedules (RC2), and records to dispose of (RC3). This commission also works closely with the Ohio Historical Society and the Auditor of State.

For questions or member information, please call
740-393-9517

Meetings:
First Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
(except July and August)
Place: Lower Level Conference Room, City Hall

RECREATION BOARD
This board meets monthly and governs the plans for the use of city-owned parks and programs. Recommending budget items on an annual basis as well as managing the use of the different parks’ recreational spots (not including Ariel~Foundation Park), are among the chief purposes. Coordinating an annual Easter egg hunt and overseeing the administration of the Hiawatha Water Park are also significant duties of this board. They work closely with the Parks Superintendent and the Auditor.

For questions or member information, please call
740-393-9517

Meetings:
Last Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m.
For more information:
740-393-9520

SHADE TREE & BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE
The purpose of this commission is to provide and protect the shade tree landscape for the city. Providing a shaded canopy improves environmental, social, and economic developments. This commission works closely with the Engineering office as well as the Parks department.

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For questions or member information, please call
740-393-9528

Meetings:
Meet as needed

SOLID WASTE HAULERS BOARD OF APPEALS
This board hears cases from citizens and/or solid waste hauler companies who have been in violation of city code regarding waste and/or recycling. This commission hears cases as the first step of appeals before progression to the Court of Common Pleas.

For questions or member information, please call
740-393-9517

Meetings:
Annually

TAX INCENTIVE REVIEW COMMISSION (TIRC)
The TIRC meets once per year to oversee the agreements between developers of real estate or businesses who have been granted tax abatements or credits. Based on performance of the business plans, the TIRC recommends to the City Council whether to continue the tax benefit or to rescind it.

For questions or member information, please call
740-393-9517

Meetings:
Second Thursday of each month,
if there is something presented for the agenda.

TAXICAB BOARD
This board oversees the needs of the taxicab industry in meeting the needs of the citizenry in providing quality transportation. Manages applications for taxicab licenses and can establish and adopt rules and regulations for taxicabs.

For questions or member information, please call
740-393-9517

Meetings:
First Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m.
Place: Council Chambers,
City Hall

UTILITIES COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF MOUNT VERNON
This commission shall regulate the rates and the services of the water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities for users of the city utilities. The Utilities Commission will set the rate for the wastewater billing, whereas City Council sets the rate for the water department and the stormwater department.

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740-393-9528

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