City Boards and Commissions

The Advisory Board and Commission Manual contains useful information about what is involved in being a member of any of these commissions as well as other information pertaining to roles, appointed officials guidelines, staff liaison guidelines and procedures/tips for new commissioners.

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Committee or Commission Description
Administrative Adjudication Hearings

Administrative Adjudication is a proceeding in front of a hearing officer who listens to evidence presented by the City of St. Charles and by the accused who then makes a determination of liability or non-liability.  Such hearings can be utilized for non-criminal offenses that are punishable only by fine. The hearing officer is an attorney licensed by the State of Illinois.  Illinois statutes allow for an appeal of the hearing officer’s determination in the circuit court.

Such hearings allow the accused to present their case in a less formal atmosphere where the strict rules of evidence in the circuit court do not necessarily apply.  The hearings are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, making these hearings much more accessible than the circuit court.  These hearings are designed for a fair and efficient disposition of an alleged ordinance violation.

Board of Fire and Police Commissioners

The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners conducts promotional exams, hires sworn police officers and fire fighters and holds disciplinary hearings.

Building Board of Review

The purpose of the Board shall be to facilitate the interpretation and administration of City ordinances governing electric, plumbing, building, fire/life safety and similar regulations of the City ("Building Regulations") and otherwise provide technical guidance to the City Council on matters relating to the same.

Committee of the Whole Joint Training Session

Ethics Training presented by the International City/County Management Association.

Comprehensive Plan Task Force

The Comprehensive Plan establishes a long-range vision for the City, defines community goals and objectives, and provides guidance for implementing programs and policies for the City’s future growth.

The Comprehensive Plan Task Force was a seven member advisory group of St. Charles residents assembled to provide recommendations to the Plan Commission and City Council on drafting a new Comprehensive Plan. The Task Force was appointed in June 2011 and was disbanded upon adoption of the 2013 Comprehensive Plan on September 3, 2013.

Corridor Improvement Commission

The Corridor Improvement Commission administers the Corridor Improvement Grant Program, which provides 50/50 matching grants for landscaping along Main Street, Randall Road, and Kirk Road. Grants are also available for downtown properties. Corridor Improvement Grants are awarded to property owners for landscape design services as well as plantings. The Commisson reviews and approves a landscape plan, and a member will visit the site when landscaping is installed to ensure that the plan is followed.

Electoral Board
Firemen's Pension Fund

The Firemen’s Pension Fund Board administers the Firemen’s Pension Fund.

Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Board

The Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Board manages and authorizes the disbursement of all foreign fire insurance company tax funds received by the City, for the maintenance, use, and benefit of the fire department. More information can be found in City Code Title 2, Chapter 30.

Government Operations Committee

he Government Operations Committee is a committee of the whole, meaning that all members of the City Council sit on this committee. As outlined in Title 2, Chapter 4 of the St. Charles Municipal Code, they discuss the following topics at meetings: municipal code, all legal suits or questions, liquor licenses, personnel manual, labor negotiations, safety manual/programs for employees, all financial matters, budgets, IRB’s, bonding, insurance matters, inventory control and purchasing.

Government Services Committee

The Government Services Committee is a committee of the whole, meaning that all members of the City Council sit on this committee. As described in Title 2, Chapter 4 of the St. Charles Municipal Code, they discuss the following topics at the meetings: police, fire, emergency services, traffic studies, youth safety, requests for community festivals, mosquito abatement, permits for fairs/carnivals, circuses, hot air balloon/seaplane landing permits, the sewer and water utility, the electric utility, all municipal property and buildings, all infrastructure within city jurisdiction (inclusive of curbs and gutters, streets, sidewalks, sewers, water lines, parking lots, etc.) all stormwater management (special service areas or otherwise), transportation matters and all public property sales.

Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission reviews façade improvements and building permits for exterior work within the historic district and consults on projects for historic buildings.

Housing Commission

The purpose of the St. Charles Housing Commission includes, but is not limited to, preserving the existing affordable housing stock, promoting public awareness of the need for affordable housing, encouraging and guiding market forces to build new homes that meet the St. Charles Housing Endorsement Critera, and maintaining/increasing the availability of attainable/affordable housing for all members of the community by working with the private sector and major employers in the community.

Joint Review Board

Joint Review Boards are established when a TIF district is established. The Joint Review Board (JRB) is made up of one representative from each taxing authority affected by a TIF (i.e. school district, park district, etc.)  The JRB also includes at least one member of the general public. The JRB meets annually to review activities within the TIF districts.

Liquor Control Commission

The Liquor Commission advises on liquor issues.

Mental Health Board

The Community 708 Mental Health Board reviews requests for funding and makes recommendations to distribute funds collected from the Mental Health tax.

Plan Commission

The Plan Commission reviews and holds public hearings for rezoning, special use and new developments.

Plan Commission meetings are held on the Tuesday after each City Council meeting, 7 p.m., in the City Council Chambers.  Agendas are available the Friday prior each meeting.

The Plan Commission is made up of volunteers from the community and acts in advisory capacity to the City Council.  The meetings are open to the public.  Those who wish to address the Plan Commission are not required to contact the City or fill out a form prior to the meeting.

Please contact the Community Development Department at (630) 377-4443 with questions about Plan Commission meetings.

Planning & Development Committee

The Planning & Development Committee is a committee of the whole, meaning that all members of the City Council sit on this committee. As described in Title 2, Chapter 4 of the St. Charles Municipal Code, they discuss the following topics at meetings: planning and development matters, zoning/annexation/boundary lines, building code enforcement, zoning map, comprehensive plan, land/cash ordinance, economic development and downtown redevelopment.

Police Pension Board

The Police Pension Fund Board administers the Police Pension Fund.

Redistricting Task Force
Tree Commission

The Tree Commission manages city-owned trees, including trimming, Tree City USA designation, disease & pestilence, etc.

Tri-City Ambulance Board of Directors

The Tri-City Ambulance Board of Directors meets the 2nd Fridays of March, June, September, and December at 8:30 AM.

Questions regarding the Tri-City Ambulance Service may be directed to John Schultz, TCA Administrator, 630-762-7036.

Tri-Com Board

The Tri-Com Board, through an intergovernmental agreement, is made up of elected officials and appointed fire chiefs and police chiefs of Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles. The Board is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Tri-Com Central Dispatch Center, which answers 911 calls for police, fire, and ambulance in St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia, and fire and ambulance in Elburn. Please contact Tri Com Central Dispatch at tri-com911.org or 630-232-4739 with any questions or to view agendas of upcoming meetings.

Visitors Cultural Commission

The Visitors Cultural Commission reviews requests for funding and makes recommendations for the distribution of funds collected from the Hotel/Motel Tax.

Youth Commission

The Youth Commission directs services and grants to support the welfare of the City’s youth.

Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals makes decisions on variations to the zoning ordinance setbacks, decides on fence heights, reviews appeals and holds hearings on appeals to zoning decisions.