About Commissions and Boards
The City’s advisory commission and their designated purpose shall be as follows:
1. AIRPORT COMMISSION
The airport commission shall function as an Advisory Commission to the City Council in order to facilitate the understanding of the commitment to the appropriate and sustainable funding, functioning, operation, and managed growth of the Vero Beach Municipal Airport. Duties of the Commission shall include, but are not limited to, the review of and report to the City Council on airside and non-airside leasing contracts, FAA and FDOT -funded projects involving airport funds, airport budgets, including capital investments and infrastructure projects, and preliminary items to be brought to the City Council by Airport staff for consideration; keeping abreast of current and new legislation regarding public use airports; and preserving the history of the Airport.
Barbara Drndak, Chairman
2. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMISSION
The Architectural Review Commission shall perform those duties set forth in Chapter 77 of the Land Development Regulations and proved guidance and recommendations on the quality of architecture and urban design in the City and work toward preserving and enhancing the City’s unique character and attributes as outlined in the City Comprehensive Plan, Vision Plan, and other district and small area plans as may be adopted by the City Council. The Commission shall consider and advise the City Council on such other matters as may be referred to the Commission by the City Council. The regular and alternate members shall be architects, engineers, or landscape architects, or have related training or experience. To the extent practicable, a majority of the Commission members shall be City residents, or those who own real property or work in the City. No meeting of the Commission shall be held without at least one member of the quorum being an architect. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMISSION meets when necessary at 3:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
Richard Bialosky - Chairman
3. FINANCE COMMISSION.
The Finance Commission shall review City monthly financial statements and reports and advise the City Council of any negative trends; review and advise the City Council on any loans; review and make recommendations as to budget formats; make recommendations as to selection of accounting firms and bond counsel; and review City investments. The Finance Commission may be called upon from time to time by the City Council to provide oversight of any transaction. The Finance Commission may consult with the Finance Director and other City department heads and employees as it finds necessary. In performing its mission, the Finance Commission shall initiate its own proposals, make recommendations, and provide alternatives to the City Council. Any regular voting Commission member may request the City Clerk to coordinate with the Commission Chairman the placement of items on the Commission agenda and/or request a Commission meeting. Meetings may also be called by the City Council to review issues prior to City Council deliberations. The Finance Commission shall meet at least once every quarter. An annual review of pension funds will be performed by the Finance Commission with recommendations made to the City Council. All members of the Finance Commission shall be residents of the City.
Ryan Bass - Chairman ---------------- Lange Sykes – Nov. 2018
4. HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ZONE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EZDC)
The Historic Downtown Economic Development Zone Advisory Committee shall study, prepare, and recommend to the City Council an economic development plan for the Historic Downtown Vero Beach Economic Development Zone pursuant and subject to the requirements and provision of the Economic Development Zone Ordinance. The Committee shall study and make recommendations to the City Council from time to time on administration of and amendments to the economic development plan adopted by the City Council, changes in the boundaries of the Zone, and specific infrastructure, capital projects, and expenditures to be funded from the Historic Downtown Vero Beach Economic Development Trust Fund. The Economic Development Zone Advisory Committee meets on the third Monday of every month at 10:00 a.m. at City Hal.
Committee Members:Jessica Hawkins, Chairman
J. Garry Rooney, Vice-Chairman
Bob DelVecchio, Alternate #1
Nick Novak, Alternate #2
5. MARINE COMMISSION
The Marine Commission shall study and make recommendations to the City Council on all phases of marine related activities and marine tourism affecting the City.
Thomas G. Juliano, Chairman
6. RECREATION COMMISSION
The Recreation Commission shall advise and assist the City Council regarding the leisure needs and interests of the citizens. In its advisory capacity, the Commission shall conduct open public meetings as a means of identifying and delivering recommendations to the City Council concerning the extensive programs and usage of Parks managed by the City Recreation Department. The Recreation Commission meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the City Hall, Council Chambers. There is currently one Alternate position open on the Recreation Commission.
Commission Members:Richard (Dick) Yemm – Chairman
Sue Dinenno – Vice Chairman
Greg Holtan, Alternate
7. TREE AND BEAUTIFICATION COMMISSION
The Tree and Beautification Commission shall advise the City Council on all matters concerning trees and the beautification needs of the City, including preservation of the natural beauty of the City and recommending actions necessary and desirable to maintain the City as a member in good standing of the “Tree City, U.S.A.” program. The Commission shall also hear and decide applications for dedication trees to be planted in the City pursuant to resolution of the City Council. To the extent practicable, the Commission shall be composed of at least one (1) member of the Nurserymen’s Association and one (1) member of a local garden circle. Currently there is one (1) Alternate poison open on the Tree and Beautification Commission. The Commission meets the third Thursday of the month at 9:00 a.m. in the City Hall, Council Chamber.
Chris Runge, Chairman
8. UTILITIES COMMISSION
The Utilities Commission shall provide recommendations and advice to the City Council on all matters related to the administration and operation of the City’s utilities, including finances and accounting; efficient and economic operations; maintenance; expansion and contraction of service areas; rates and fees, including taxes; improvements; and other matters specifically relating to the electric, water and sewer, and solid waste enterprise funds. The Commission may seek counsel with the City Manager and the other Charter Officers from time to time, as well as City department heads and employees as the Commission finds necessary. In performing its mission, the Commission shall initiate and provide its own proposals, recommendations, and alternatives to the City Council. In addition, the Commission shall also review and constructively critique all proposals from City staff, consultants, and the public and make its own independent recommendations on such proposals in order to provide the best and most complete information possible to the City Council. Any Commission member may request the City Clerk to coordinate with the Commission Chairman to place items on the Commission agenda and/or request a Commission meeting. Meetings may also be called by the City Council to review issues prior to City Council deliberations. The Utilities Commission shall meet at least once every quarter. The Commission is expressly charged with representing and considering all utility customers of the City in its activities, including City resident and non-resident customers alike. As long as the Town of Indian River Shores receives utility services from the City of Vero Beach under a franchise, at least one (1) member of the Utilities Commission shall be a resident of the Town of Indian River Shores.
9. VETERANS MEMORIAL ISLAND SANCTUARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
The Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Advisory Committee shall study and review documentation for memorials proposed to be constructed on the Island and make recommendations to the City Council. The Committee shall also consider and advise the City Council on such other matters as may be referred to the Committee by the City Council. The Committee shall include one member from the Veterans Service Office and one member from the Veterans Council of Indian River County.
John Matthews - Chairman
The City’s Regulatory Boards and their designated purpose shall be as follows:
1. PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD
The Planning & Zoning Board shall carry out the procedures, duties, and functions set forth for it in the Code. The Planning and Zoning Board is also designated as the Local Planning Agency pursuant to Florida Statutes § 163.3174. All members of the Planning and Zoning Board appointed by the City Council shall be residents of the City.
Lawrence C. Lauffer - Chairman ------ Lange Sykes – Nov. 2018
2. BOARD OF BUILDING APPEALS
The Board of Building Appeals shall conduct hearings on appeals from the decisions of the Building Official in the application and interpretation of the State Building Code and the other technical codes adopted by the City, as well as those other duties and functions as provided by law. The Board shall be comprised of at least one architect, one civil engineer, one additional person with an engineering background, and one general contractor.
3. HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION – CITY RESIDENTS
The Historic Preservation Commission shall develop and administer a comprehensive historic preservation program to identify and maintain the City’s historic resources for the benefit of both present and future residents, as more fully described in the Code. The Commission shall also consider and advise the City Council on such other matters as may be referred to the Commission by the City Council. The Historic Preservation Commission meets on the second Thursday of every month at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall.
Debra Atwell, - Chairman
The City’s Statutory Boards and their designated purpose shall be as follows:
1. CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD – CITY RESIDENTS
The Code Enforcement Board meets the second Wednesday of every month at 2:00 p.m. in the City Hall, Council Chambers. The Code Enforcement Board is created pursuant to the authority of the Florida Statutes and shall carry out duties, functions, and procedures set forth for it in the Code Enforcement Ordinance of the City. Currently there are two Alternate positions open on the Code Enforcement Board.
a) Composition; Board member qualifications, appointment, term, and removal. The Code enforcement Board of the City of Vero Beach shall be composed of seven (7) regular members and two (2) alternate members appointed by the City Council in its sole discretion, as follows:
1) Board members shall be residents of the City who possess outstanding reputations for civic pride, interest, integrity, responsibility, and business or professional ability and demonstrate experience, interest, and knowledge in code enforcement matters.
2) Appointment and reappointment of Board members shall be made in accordance with the applicable Ordinances of the City and the additional qualifications specified in this section. The Charter Officers of the City shall make recommendations to the City Council regarding appointments and reappointments. The membership of the Board shall, whenever possible, include an architect, a business person, an engineer, a general contractor, a subcontractor, and a realtor. Board members shall have no contract or property rights in their respective positions.
Kirk Noonan – Chairman
2. FIRE PENSION BOARD
The Fire Pension Board operates pursuant to the provisions of F.S. ch. 175, as amended. The Fire Pension Board normally meets on a quarterly basis in the City Hall Council Chambers. There is currently one full position open on the Fire Pension Board.
Terry Zokvic, Chairman
3. POLICE PENSION BOARD
The Police Pension Board operates pursuant to the provision of F.S. ch. 185, as amended.
Lt. Matt Harrelson, Chairman
4. LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY
The Planning and Zoning Board is designated as the Local Planning Agency for the City pursuant to F.S. § 163.3174 in addition to its regular authority and duties, and shall convene as such when called upon to perform those duties and functions.