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Boards and Commissions

 

If you are a Deerfield resident interested in volunteering for a Village Board or Commission, please click here to complete the volunteer application.

 

There are eighteen boards and commissions appointed to assist the Village Board in its policy-making decisions. While most operate at the sole discretion of the village board, some have specific duties and obligations established by state law. The overall communication process between the village and its residents is enhanced through the voluntary service of more than 100 citizens who serve as advisors to the Mayor and Board of Trustees. All positions on these boards are non-salaried. 
 

On December 6th, the Village Board adopted a formal public comment policy as required by state law.  The following rules apply to speakers who wish to address a Village Board or Commission:

 

1.                 Speakers shall identify themselves and their address;

2.                 Remarks are limited to 5 minutes;

3.                 Remarks shall be related to a matter in the purview of the Advisory Board or Commission;

4.                 Speakers shall address the board and not the audience;

5.                 If the room has a podium, remarks shall be made from the podium. If no podium, the speaker shall make remarks from the location designated by the Board/Commission Chair;

6.                 Speakers shall return to their seat and/or leave at the end of remarks and questions from the Board members;

7.                 Speakers shall refrain from repetition;

8.                 Speakers shall not use profanity, intemperate language, nor engage in personal attacks;

9.                 Speakers shall respect the decorum of the public meeting and the authority of the Board/Commission Chair to decide questions of order.

 

Please click here to view the memo that was sent to Board and Commission members about these new rules.
 

Appearance Review Commission

 

Membership: Consists of seven members appointed for three year overlapping terms. Duties: Reviews exterior design of new and remodeled buildings and site plans on properties in the Village Center and in C-2 outlying commercial districts. The committee's findings are final; however, their decisions can be appealed directly to the mayor and board of trustees.
Meetings: Fourth Monday of the month
 

Board of Building Appeals

Membership: Consists of seven members appointed to five-year overlapping terms. Duties: Hears appeals on decisions made by the code enforcement officer enforcing the building ordinances and recommends action to the board of trustees regarding such appeals. Holds hearings and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding changes in the building codes.
Meetings: On call
 

Board of Zoning Appeals

Membership: Consists of seven members appointed to five year overlapping terms. Duties: Hears and makes recommendations on applications for variations to the zoning ordinance. Hears and rules on appeals from orders or decisions made by the administrative officer enforcing the zoning ordinance.
Meetings: First and third Tuesday of the month if a variation request is pending.
 

Cable and Telecommunications Commission

Membership: Consists of nine members appointed to three-year overlapping terms. Duties: Regulates the use of the Village's right-of-way by telecommunications service providers. Oversees the Village's cable TV system, including operation of the Deerfield Info Channel. Resolves customer complaints relating to cable TV service.
Meetings: On call 

Cemetery Association

Membership: Consists of five members appointed to indefinite terms. Duties: Arranges for the care and maintenance of the Deerfield Cemetery. Maintains records of plot ownership at the cemetery.
Meetings: On call
 

Community Relations Commission

Membership: Consists of nine members appointed to three-year overlapping terms. Duties: Study and recommend means of developing better relationships among all residents in all community activities. Identify and evaluate the social, recreational and developmental needs of village youth and how they might participate in all aspects of community life. Initiate and conduct educational and informational programs to promote diversity. Award village assistance to senior residents in accordance with established eligibility criteria.
Meetings: Second Tuesday of the month
 

Electrical Commission

Membership: Consists of five members appointed to four-year coterminous terms. Duties: Recommends standards, specifications, and rules and regulations governing the installation, alteration, and use of electrical equipment in the Village.
Meetings: On call
  

Family Days Commission

Membership: Consists of nine members appointed to three-year overlapping terms. Duties: Organize, plan and conduct Family Days events and activities celebrating Independence Day in Deerfield Promote and encourage volunteer involvement and community participation in the events. Solicit donations from residents and local businesses to support Family Days activities.
Meetings: First Monday of the month at 4:00 PM 

Fine Arts Commission

Membership: Consists of seven members appointed to three year overlapping terms. Duties: Promotes and encourages the artistic and cultural environment within the Village. Sponsors and coordinates events and activities which enhance cultural enrichment opportunities for residents.
Meetings:  On call.  Typically meet on the first Monday of the month at 6:00 PM. 

Manpower Commission

Membership: Consists of five members appointed to three-year overlapping terms. Duties: Reviews applications and interviews candidates for the village boards and commissions and makes recommendations to the Mayor and Board of Trustees.
Meetings: First Tuesday of February, May and October
 

Plan Commission

Membership: Consists of seven members appointed to three-year overlapping terms. Duties: Conducts public hearings and makes recommendations on all land use petitions filed with the village which, by state statute, require said hearings. Recommends updates to the village's Comprehensive Plan. Reviews zoning and subdivision regulations for conformance with the Comprehensive Plan.
Meetings: Second & fourth Thursday of the month.
 

Police Commission

Membership: Consists of three members, appointed to three-year overlapping terms. Duties: Tests and qualifies new officer applicants and maintains an eligibility list for future appointments. Conducts promotional examinations. Holds hearings, when required by state law, on disciplinary charges filed by the Chief of Police against sworn personnel.
Meetings: On Call
 

Police Pension Board

Membership: Five members consisting of two civilians appointed by the mayor, two members elected from active police officers and one member elected from the beneficiaries of the pension fund, all appointed for two year terms. Duties: Invests, controls and manages the affairs of the police pension fund.Determines the eligibility criteria of applicants and authorizes the distribution of funds as provided by statute.
Meetings: Quarterly
 

Safety Council

Membership: Consists of seven members appointed to three-year overlapping terms. Duties: Reviews traffic related issues raised by the public and staff and recommends specific safety measures to address the problem. Promotes public programs designed to make the general public more safety conscious in everyday, normal activities.
Meetings: Fourth Tuesday of the month
 

Sister City Committee

Membership: Consists of five members for indefinite terms. Duties: Communicates with and maintains friendly relations with Ludinghausen, Germany.
Meetings: On call
 

Stormwater Management Committee

Membership: Consists of seven members appointed to indefinite terms. Duties: Makes recommendations to the mayor and board of trustees regarding improvements to the storm and sanitary sewer systems.
Meetings: On call
 

Sustainability Commission

Membership: Consists of twelve members appointed to three year terms. Duties: Acts in an advisory capacity to the President and Board of Trustees, to the Village administration and to the Deerfield community to optimize the potential of the Village in environmentally sound practices with a view toward improving the local environment for the benefit of our citizens, businesses and neighbors.
Meetings: Second Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM.

 

Village Center Development Commission

Membership: Consists of nine members appointed to three year overlapping terms. Duties: Reviews all land use issues within the Village Center Zoning District. Considers initiatives and programs to promote the village center as the focal point of the community. Makes recommendations for enhancing the village center through potential redevelopment and public improvements.
Meetings: First Wednesday of the month

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