Description Of Appointed Boards & Commissions

To request an application to become a member of a Board or Commission:

  • Call the City Manager's Office at (620) 343-4250
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BOARD APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE  ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE; HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION; COMMUNITY HOUSING BOARD; PLANNING COMMISSION; BUILDING TRADES BOARD AND EMPORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD AND NATURAL RESOURCES ADVISORY BOARD (NRAB)

 


COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS BOARD

The Community Corrections Board is a State mandated program (K.S.A. 75-4317 thru 75-4320) which was established in the fall of 1989 by the Kansas State Board of Corrections. Lyon County and Chase County jointly, as the 5th Judicial District, established the local Community Corrections Board in August, 1990. The board will consist of thirteen (13) members: (3) appointed by the City Commission, (3) appointed by the County Commission, (2) appointed by Chase County, (1) Sheriff, (1) Police Chief, (1) County Attorney, (2) Administrative Judges.

Members serve a two-year term. The board meets quarterly in the Court Services building meeting room at the Lyon County Courthouse at 433 Commercial.

The primary goal of the board is to prevent the incarceration in state institutions of certain adult and juvenile offenders by providing the courts with additional sentencing options locally available.

 


ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

This committee meets to discuss and advise the Governing Body regarding issues of accessibility throughout the community. The Committee meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:00 in the evening in City Conference Room 2 located in the Water Department at 104 E. 5th. Members serve two consecutive three-year terms from August 1 to July 31.

If you are interested in serving on the board, have any questions, or if you have an accessibility concern, please call 620-343-4291.

 


EMPORIA-LYON COUNTY CONVENTION AND TOURISM COMMITTEE

This is a seven member board consisting of a persons interested in the tourism industry. The committee is responsible to the City and County Commissions. Duties of the committee are to make recommendations concerning expenditures for promotion of conventions and tourism to both Commissions. This Committee was established by Resolution #1381 authorizing the levying of a Transient Guest Tax, providing for use of the revenues of said tax, establishing a convention and tourism committee, and providing for the appointment and terms of service for members of said committee.

Members serve a three-year term which expires on December 31. There is a two-term limit on the number of terms a member may serve. This Committee meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the Trusler Business Center.

 


EMPORIA-LYON COUNTY JOINT BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS

The board consists of seven members appointed by the City Commission and County Commission. The City Commission appoints two members, the County Commission appoints two members and three members are jointly appointed. One member must be a member of the Emporia-Lyon County Metropolitan Area Planning Commission. It is the primary function of this board to hear and decide appeals where a variance or special use permit may be allowed. The decisions of the Zoning Board of Appeals are final and not acted upon by the City Commission.

Members serve a three-year term which expires on December 31. There is no limit on the number of terms a member may serve. This Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Conference Room.

 


EMPORIA-LYON COUNTY METROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING COMMISSION

The Commission consists of nine members appointed jointly by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Emporia and of Lyon County. As a primary function, the Commission has the responsibility for the preparation, adoption, and recommendation of a long-range Comprehensive Plan to guide the future physical development of the Emporia-Lyon County Metropolitan Area, and hears all applications for zoning changes.

Members serve a three-year term which expires on December 31and may serve no more than two consecutive three-year terms. This Commission meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Conference Room.

 


EMPORIA PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD

The library board consists of seven members appointed by the Governing Body. The board has control over the operation of the library and over expenditures of money appropriated to the library fund. It submits annual budget recommendations to the Governing Body for approval. City of Emporia residency is required to serve on the library board.

Members serve a four-year term which expires on April 30, and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. This Board meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the Library.

 


EMPORIA RECREATION COMMISSION

The Recreation Commission is a joint function of the City and the Emporia Board of Education. It is composed of five members, one is appointed by the City Commission, one by the Board of Education, one member of the City Commission, one member of the Board of Education and one elected by the other members of the Commission. The Recreation Commission is responsible for the community recreation program.


Members serve a four-year term which expires on July 1, and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. This Commission meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Recreation Commission.


www.emporiarec.org

 


GOLF ADVISORY BOARD

The Golf Advisory Board was established on June 5, 1985, by Ordinance Number 85-21. This Board was created to advise the governing body on matters relating to the development, maintenance, improvement and operation of the municipal golf course. The board consists of five members who are appointed by the Governing Body.

Members serve a four-year term which expires on December 31. Members may not serve more than two successive four-year terms. This Board meets on the 4th Thursday of each quarter (January, April, July, October) at 4:00 p.m. at the Golf Course Clubhouse.

 


EMPORIA HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION

This Commission consists of nine members and is appointed by the Governing Body. The Commission is to investigate alleged unfair or discriminatory practices among diverse groups of our citizens in regard to discrimination, segregation and separation based on the race, religion, color, sex, age, physical handicap, national origin, or ancestry of individuals in the securing or holding of employment, public accommodations and housing. The Human Relations Coordinator is appointed by the City Manager.

Members serve a three-year term which expires on May 1 and may serve no more than two consecutive three-year terms . This Commission meets on the 2nd Monday of every other month at 5:30 p.m. in the City Conference Room 1AB.

(Ord. #1141 - re-established the Commission.)

Click Here for More Information on the Human Relations Commission.

 


MULTI-USE-PATH PLANNING BOARD

MUPP's mission is to support the City Administration and staff in planning and integrating a path/trails system within Emporia to provide citizens of all ages safe routes to schools, work, shopping, and recreation, while promoting physical activity and preservation of the environment.

The board is comprised of eight to twelve members of the Emporia community over the age of 16.  Members serve three years from the time of appointment and may serve no more than two consecutive terms.  Meetings are held at noon on the second Thursday of every other month (Jan., Mar., May, Jul., Sept., and Nov.) in the meeting room in the basement of the Lyon County Jail.

If you believe MUPP should build a local trail somewhere or are interested in serving on our board, call 620-343-4263.

MUPP Website

 


REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION OF EAST CENTRAL KANSAS BOARD

The Articles of Incorporation and By-laws for the Regional Development Association were approved by the City Commission on March 17, 1993. A seven member board of directors was established consisting of (2) appointments by the City Commission, (2) appointments by the County Commission, (1) appointment by the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce, (1) appointment by Emporia Enterprises (1) appointment by the Board; along with three ex-officio Members consisting of the City Manager, Chamber President/CEO and Lyon County Counselor.

Members serve a 3-year term and may not serve more than two consecutive three-year terms. The first year one of the City appointments and one of the County appointments will only be for a one-year term and thereafter will be a three-year appointment. The Board meets on the second Friday at 7:00 a.m. of each month at the Trusler Business Center.

The Board of Directors selected a director who started to work on February 21, 1994. The Board was charged with the responsibility of determining the direction the community or the area would take in terms of economic development activities. This could include policy recommendations to the appropriate governing bodies, marketing efforts for the community and land development issues for the community.

 


BUILDING TRADES BOARD

The Building Trades Board members represent the following trades; one Architect or Engineer (licensed within the State of Kansas), two Class "A" Building Contractors, two certified Master Plumbers, two certified Master Electricians, two certified Mechanical Appliance Installers and two lay persons. The Chief Building Official or his authorized representative will act as an ex-officio member and shall be the Board Secretary. The purpose of the board is as follows: examining and passing upon the qualifications of a person seeking certification within the building trades as required by applicable ordinances; to act as an appeals board for persons aggrieved by a decision of the Building Official or who feels the use of alternate materials or methods is justified, or feels the codes do not adequately cover a point in question; to act as a code committee recommending to the Governing Body any changes necessary to keep the City Codes governing the building trades current and up to date.

Members serve a three-year term which expires on December 31 and members may not serve more than two consecutive terms. This Board meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Conference Room.

 


NATURAL RESOURCES ADVISORY BOARD

The Recycling Advisory Board was established on October 17, 1990 by Ordinance Number 90-20. April 20, 2005 the board was renamed the Natural Resources Advisory Board by Ordinance Number and changed the number of people to serve on the board. The main purpose of the advisory board will be to improve public information in preserving our natural resources.

(NRAB) The board shall consist of not less than 8 members, and not more than 12 members. Eight (8) of the members may be appointed by the governing body of the City, two (2) members may be appointed by the governing body of Lyon County, and two (2) members may be appointed by the governing body of Chase County.

Members serve a three-year term which expires December 31. Members shall serve no more than two successive three-year terms. The Board meets the first Tuesday each month at 6:00 p.m. at the V.A. Basgall Public Works Center at 1220 Hatcher.

If you are interested in serving on NRAB, please contact the Public Works Department at 620-340-6339

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EMPORIA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Emporia Community Foundation connects the diverse citizens and communities of Lyon and its six contiguous counties through the charitable actions of a variety of funds established for the purpose of bettering the lives of individuals within its communities.  As a 501c3 Foundation, the ECF continues the traditional Kansas heritage of providing nonprofit service and suppporting the charitable giving request of donors who wish to enrich the quality of life of local citizens.

EFC represents the Kansas counties of Lyon, Chase, Greenwood, Morris, Osage, Coffey and Wabaunsee.

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WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

William Allen White Community Partnership has been operating for approximately 5 years.  Members of the William Allen White Community Partnership continue to find resources that showcase and support the William Allen White Home (Red Rocks) and the surrounding property through community awareness and education of the history of William Allen White.

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EMPORIA ENTERPRISES

Emporia Enterprises is partnered with the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas, for land acquisition to help develop industrial parks with green field sites for light industrial manufacturing and warehouse/distribution development projects.

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COMMUNITY HOUSING BOARD

Functions:

Hear and decide outcomes on appeals regarding property code enforcement cases.

Serve as oversight board for housing grants/ programs.

Review and make recommendations on housing grants and program opportunities.  Help determine if/how City should pursue such opportunities.

Act as steering committee on community improvement/clean-up efforts.

Research/ review various new and existing programs, codes, etc. regarding housing and neighborhood improvement as requested by City Commission.

Give insight on how to improve housing and neighborhoods throughout the City.

 

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