Boards & Commissions

 Below is a complete listing of all boards and commissions in the city of Kent. Some of these boards are filled by citizens. Current board members and the date their term expires are also listed. Each board has a brief description, and the section of the Kent City Charter or Kent Codified Ordinance is listed for further information.  The City of Kent relies on volunteers to serve on these boards.


AKRON METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION STUDY BOARD (AMATS)

City Manager or designee

 


CITY-UNIVERSITY LIAISON COMMITTEE
 

City Manager Mayor K.S.U. Representative



NORTHEAST OHIO FOUR COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION (N.E.F.C.O.)
 

City Manager or designee



TREASURY INVESTMENT BOARD

(Codified Ordinances of Kent 171.02: The Treasury Investment Board shall consist of the City Manager, Law Director, Finance Director & Chairman of Finance Committee of Council, which shall determine whether such surplus funds should be invested, and if so, in what securities. Ord. 1977-167; passed 9-21-77)
 

 Wayne Wilson, Chair, Finance Com  David Coffee, Dir. of Bud & Fin
 James Silver, Law Director  Dave Ruller, City Manager


ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

(Codified Ordinance 1120.06:  Shall consist of five (5) members appointed by Council for staggered three (3) year terms. Initial terms shall be as follows:  one (1) member for a term of one (1) year; two (2) members for a term of two (2) years; and two (2) members for a term of three years.  Subsequent appointments shall be for terms of three (3) years)
William Willoughby Term expires 09/17/16
Howard Boyle II Term expires 08/14/17
Kevin Koogle Term expires 10/14/17
Allan Orashan Term expires 08/14/15
Matt Glassner Term expires 08/14/15
 



BOARD OF CONTROL

(Kent City Charter Chapter 61(c): The Board of Control shall consist of three (3) members: the Manager, The Finance Chair of Council, and a member of Council elected from its members including the President of Council. The Manager shall act as Chairperson of this Board. The Board shall keep record of its proceedings. All votes shall be by yeas and nays entered in the record, and the vote of a majority of all members of the Board shall be necessary to adopt any question, motion or order.)
 

Wayne Wilson Dave Ruller, City Manager Garret Ferrara



BOARD OF BUILDING APPEALS
 

(Codified Ordinances of Kent 1309.01: There is hereby established a

Municipal Board of Building Appeals which shall consist of nine members as follows:
(a) One General Contractor;
(b) One architect, registered in Ohio;
(c) One plumber, registered in Ohio;
(d) One electrician, registered in Ohio.

(e) One heating and air conditioning contractor, registered in Ohio.

(f)  One elector representing the general public

(g)  Three alternates

Members shall be appointed for three year terms. A member shall hold office from date of appointment until the end of the appointed term; however, he shall continue in office following the term expiration date until his successor takes office or until sixty days have elapsed, whichever occurs first.

Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring before the expiration of a term shall hold office for the remainder of that term.
 

James Stewart General Contractor Term expires 01/17/15
Greg Seifert Registered Architect Term expires 04/16/16
Todd Ridenour Registered Plumber Term expires 01/17/15
Robert Rummel Registered Electrician Term expires 01/17/15
David Hansford Registered HVAC Term expires 07/23/16
Eric Zemljic General Public Term expires 01/17/15
(VACANT) Alternate
Richard Duncan Alternate Term expires 05/19/15
Scott Ridenour Alternate Term expires 01/17/15



BOARD OF HEALTH

(CITY OF KENT CHARTER CHAPTER 66(A): The Board of Health of this City shall be composed of six (6) members, to be appointed by Council. One of the members of the Board shall be a Councilperson appointed on an annual basis by Council. The remaining five members shall serve a term of office of five (5) years and the expiration of these terms shall be on a two year staggered interval basis. No member of the Board shall serve more than two (2) full terms consecutively. The Health Commissioner shall serve as ex-officio, non-voting member of this Board.)
 

 Doug Wagener  Term expires 4/30/17
 Marchelle Bobbs  Term expires 09/20/16
 Pamela Freeman   Term expires 12/31/18
 John Gwinn  First Term expires 01/16/18
 Christopher J. Woolverton  First term expires 08/16/15
  Jack Amrhein  Council appointment
  Jeff Neistadt  Health Commissioner



BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS

(Codified Ordinances of Kent 1115.02: The Board of Zoning Appeals shall consist of five (5) members appointed by City Council. A member serving on the Board at the time of the official adoption of this Ordinance may complete the term of their original appointment, but in the event of the death or resignation of such member, Council shall fill the vacancy for the unexpired portion of the term of that member. All appointments made subsequent to those described in subsection (a) hereof shall be for a period of three (3) years. The members of the Board shall be residents of the City of Kent and shall serve without compensation.)
 
 Benjamin Tipton  Term expires 08/19/17
 Elizabeth Howard  Term expires 10/14/17
 Paul Sellman  Term expires 02/06/16
 Alan D. Mail  Term expires 4/21/2016
 Jona Burton  Term expires 4/21/2016


CABLE TELEVISION COMMISSION

(Codified Ordinance 767.03: Shall consist of five (5) members appointed by City Council for terms of four (4) years. The initial terms shall be as follows: one (1) member for a term of one (1) year; one (1) member for a term of two (2) years; one (1) member for a term of three (3) years; and two (2) members for terms of four (4) years. All subsequent appointments shall be for terms of four (4) years.
 


CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION.


(Codified Ordinances of Kent, Chapter 159.01: Members appointed by Council. Terms are six years in length)
 
 Lee Higgins  Term expires 12/31/2019
 Ken Hodar  Term expires 12/31/2014
 Marilyn Sessions  Term expires 1/17/2018


COMMITTEE ON DESIGN & PRESERVATION

(Codified Ordinance 1393.03:  Shall consist of five (5) members appointed by Council for staggered three (3) year terms. Initial terms shall be as follows:  one (1) member for a term of one (1) year; two (2) members for a term of two (2) years; and two (2) members for a term of three years.  Subsequent appointments shall be for terms of three (3) years)
Lawrence (Brad) Shotwell Term expires 07/23/16
Howard Boyle II Term expires 04/15/17
Thomas Gates Term expires 04/15/17
Allan Orashan Term expires 03/06/15
David Basista Term expires 03/06/15
 



COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT AREA HOUSING COUNCIL.
(Ohio Revised Code 3735.69: This Council shall be composed of two members appointed by the Mayor, two members appointed by the legislative authority and one member appointed by the Planning Commission. The majority of the foregoing members shall then appoint two additional members who shall be residents of the City. The Council shall make an annual inspection of the properties within the community reinvestment area for which an exemption has been granted and shall hear appeals.)

 Audrey Kessler - Council Appointment

 Term expires 02/06/16

 Paula Rosky  - Council Appointment  Term expires 02/06/16
 Matt Guska- Mayoral Appointment   Term expires 02/09/15
 Sue Whiting- Mayoral Appointment   Term expires 02/09/15
 John J. Gargan, Jr. - Planning Commission Appt.   Term expires 02/07/2015
 Tom Simpson- CRA Housing Council Appt.  Term expires 02/29/2015
Lori Wemhoff - CRA Housing Council Appt.   Term expires 02/29/2015


SUSTAINABILITY COMMISSION

(Ord. No. 1995-103, passed Nov. 15, 1995: The Environmental Commission shall be comprised of five (5) citizens with some technical knowledge and/or strong understanding of environmental issues. Members shall be capable of reviewing and assessing large volumes of written data and have strong public relations and public speaking skills, teamwork and coordination skills. Each member of the Commission shall be appointed for a three-year term. All meetings of the Commission shall be staffed by the Sustainability Planner.  The Commission shall hold monthly meetings at a minimum.)
 

John Gwinn  Term expires 05/19/15
Rick Hawksley  Term expires 08/14/17
Nadine Gomez  Term expires 08/14/17
Theodore Newman  Term expires 04/30/16
Erik Zemljic  Term expires 10/18/16




EQUALIZATION ASSESSMENT BOARD

(Ord. No. 1992-46, passed June 17, 1992: Rotating Board to have a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve people who are disinterested freeholders. Must be elector of the City as well as a property owner. Members of the Board shall hear objections to estimated special assessments for particular projects in the City. Three year terms. Boards for specific projects shall be selected, by lot, from the Assessment Equalization Board.)
 
 Judy Mendenhall    Term expires 07/23/2016
 Up to eleven vacancies  



FAIR HOUSING BOARD/HOUSING APPEALS BOARD
(City of Kent codified ordinances Chapter 557.05: There is hereby created the Fair Housing Board to consist of three members who shall be qualified electors of the City. They shall be appointed by Council. Of the members first appointed, one shall hold office for a term of one year; one for a term of two years; and the other for a term of three years; and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years. All vacancies shall be filled by appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term.

Codified Ordinances of Kent, Chapter 1375.01, 1375.02: There is hereby created a Housing Appeals Board which shall consist of five members who shall be appointed by Council for overlapping terms of three years. Initially two members shall be appointed for one year; two members for two years; and one member for three years respectively and shall serve until a successor is appointed.

Members of the Board shall be citizens of the United States and residents of the City. Membership shall consist of four residents of the City and a member of the Board of Health. The Law Director or his designate shall serve as secretary and ex officio member of the Board.)
 
Rouven Cyncynatus   Term expires 08/18/15
Judy Mendenhall   Term expires 07/23/16
Kathryn Good   Term expires 01/19/16
Jona Burton   Term expires 05/01/16
Mary Junk   Term expires 09/20/17
Benjamin Tipton   Term expires 08/19/17
Rebecca Ritley   Term expires 01/18/17

Susan Roxburgh

Health Board Appointment
 


INCOME TAX BOARD OF REVIEW

(Codified Ordinances of the City of Kent, Chapter 181.16: The Board of Review of five members is hereby created consisting of the City Manager, the Finance Director, the Law Director and two Kent residents not otherwise employed by the City, who shall be appointed by Council for initial terms of one year and two years respectively, and thereafter for two-year terms. Such public members shall not be adherents to the same political party; they shall be paid such per diem compensation as Council shall fix.
 
Dave Ruller  City Manager
David Coffee  Director of Budget & Finance
James Silver  Law Director
Denise Mote  Term expires 01/17/16
Susan Morris  Term expires 08/14/16


LOAN REVIEW BOARD

Length of terms: Five years, after initial staggering in 2014.
 
Dennis Eberhart Term expires 10/14/17
John Ryan Term expires 10/14/18
Carol Crimi Term expires 10/14/19
Vacant  
Vacant  




PARKS & RECREATION BOARD

(Kent City Charter Chapter 61(a): The Park and Recreation Board shall consist of five (5) members who are electors of the City. Four (4) members shall be appointed by the Council and one (1) member shall be appointed by the Board of Education and they shall serve without compensation for terms of five (5) years; provided however, that members of the present Board of Park Commissioners and Recreation Commission shall complete their unexpired terms as the initial members of the Park and Recreation Board. Length of terms is five years .
 
 Debbie Smeiles  Term expires 1/15/18
 Kelly Labajetta   Term expires 03/27/17
 John Neuzil  Term expires 1/18/16
 Kimberly Ball  Term expires 12/31/18
 Peter Orlando  Term expires 1/18/16


PARKING ACTION COMMITTEE

City Council adopted the Parking Management Planning Committee Policy Recommendations, a component of which being the appointment of a Parking Action Committee to administer their recommendations.  The Parking Action Committee is to be composed of representatives based on the following guidelines:

a.       City of Kent Community Development Director

b.      City of Kent Safety Director

c.       City of Kent Service Director

d.      Five members of the Business Community, appointed on:

         i.      Geographic Basis – (e.g.: East and West Main Streets, North and South Water Streets, Franklin Avenue, side streets…)

         ii.      Land Use Basis – (e.g.: Church, service, retail, housing and nightclub representation…)

         iii. A representative from the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce

 

Bridget Susel Community Development Director
VACANT Safety Director
Eugene Roberts Service Director
Rick Hawksley Term expires 05/17/19
Bob Mayfield  Term expires 08/14/17
Howard Boyle Term expires 01/15/18
Adrienne Kaltenborn Term expires 08/19/19
Bill Arthur Term expires 04/20/15
  Kent Area Chamber of Commerce

 


PLANNING COMMISSION

(Kent City Charter, Chapter 61(b): The Planning Commission shall consist of five (5) residents of the City appointed by Council who shall serve without compensation. Council may also appoint ex-officio, non-voting members by ordinance. Appointments shall be for a term of five (5) years and the expiration of the terms shall be on a one-year staggered interval basis. No one shall be appointed for more than two (2) full terms consecutively.)
 

 Doria Daniels  First Term expires 04/17/17
 John Gargan, Jr.  First term expires 12/31/18
 Peter Paino  First term expires 01/18/16
 Anthony Catalano  First term expires 01/15/18
 Amanda Edwards  First term expires 12/31/15



PORTAGE AREA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
(PARTA)


(Codified Ordinances of Kent, Chapter 175.05: All trustees shall be for three-year terms. All trustees shall be a qualified elector of the political subdivision from which he is appointed for a period of at least three years next preceding his appointment.)
 
 Brian Gray  Term expires 06/30/15
 Sean Buchanan  Term expires 06/30/16
 Richard Bissler  Term expires 06/30/17



SHADE TREE COMMISSION

(Codified Ordinances of Kent Chapter 169.01: A Shade Tree Commission is hereby created consisting of five members who shall be residents of the City who shall serve without compensation for a term of four years. The Shade Tree Commission shall have absolute custody and control of and power to plant, set out, remove, maintain, protect and care for shade trees on any of the public streets of the City.
 
 Zoltan Karaszi  Term expires 08/17/18
 Audrey C. Kessler  Term expires 01/17/18
 Nadine Gomez   Term expires 08/17/18
 Deborah Miller  Term expires 01/17/16
 John Belfiore  Term expires 04/15/18



STANDING ROCK CEMETERY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
(ORC 759.36: The board of cemetery trustees consists of three members, of which one or more must be a member of each of the separate boards of township trustees and legislative authorities which comprise the union cemetery association represented by the joint meeting. The board of cemetery trustees so elected shall have the custody of the funds derived from the tax levy provided by section 759.34 of the Revised Code, and the political subdivision shall pay the funds to the board of cemetery trustees upon its application for them. The board of cemetery trustees also shall have the custody of the funds derived from any tax levied by the union cemetery district under Chapter 5705. of the Revised Code. The board of cemetery trustees shall have all the powers and perform all the duties exercised and performed by the director of public service of a municipal corporation under sections 759.09 to 759.14 of the Revised Code. The board of cemetery trustees may create a permanent endowment fund for the express purpose of keeping the cemetery clean and in good order.
 
 John Sapp  At-Large  Term expires 12/31/15
 Michael DeLeone  Kent City Council  Term expires 12/31/16
 Keith Benjamin  Franklin Township  Term expires 12/31/17



STORMWATER DISTRICT REVIEW AND APPEALS BOARD

(Codified Section 921.08 - Shall consist of five members, including the City's Finance Director, City Engineer, and Public Service Director, with two other members appointed by Council. Appointed members may be removed by the City Manager with a 2/3 vote of Council. Term of office is two years. Board will hear appeals regarding disputes brought by owners and non-owners concerning application of the city's Stormwater Utility Chapter and will have the authority to make adjustments to provide relief due to unique circumstances which reduce the burden of operating, constructing, repairing and maintaining the stormwater utility system.

 
David Coffee  Director of Budget & Finance
Eugene K. Roberts  Public Services Director
Jim Bowling  City Engineer
Jeanne McKinley  Term expires 01/17/16
VACANT