Board of Commissioners
Advisory Boards & Commissions
The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners maintains several advisory boards and commissions that make recommendations to the County Board regarding specific interest areas. All Committee appointments are on a volunteer basis with no monetary reimbursement, unless specifically noted. In addition, the Board of Commissioners appoints the board members of the Road Commission, a legally separate entity. Advisory Boards/Commissions are as follows:
(Those boards or commissions that accept applications have provided links to their specific application. Any citizen may apply for any advisory board at any time.)
Aeronautics Board of Trustees
The Kalamazoo County Aeronautics Board of Trustees is responsible for the authoritative oversight of the Airport, and for the nurturing and development of the Airport as a key economic development and marketing tool for the entire Southwest Michigan Region. Meetings are held at 10:30 a.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, 5235 Portage Road, Kalamazoo MI (2nd floor in the Administration Office). Contact: Airport Director David Reid 269-388-3668.
Animal Services & Enforcement Advisory Board
The Animal Services and Enforcement Advisory Board provides advice on animal control issues to the Animal Services Department and Board of Commissioners. Annual meeting takes place on the second Tuesday in February at 7:30 p.m. at Animal Services & Enforcement, 2500 Lake Street. Contact: Director of Animal Services Stephen Lawrence (269) 383-8771.
Board of Public Works
The Board of Public Works meets as needed on the first Friday after the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. The Board of Public Works deals with public infrastructure review and development. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Lotta Jarnefelt 269-384-8115
The Building Authority meets on an as-needed basis on the second Wednesday of each month (unless the first day of the month is Wednesday, then the 3rd Wednesday) at 10:00 a.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. The Building Authority oversees County bond-funded projects as well as building projects assigned by the Board of Commissioners. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: 269-383-8967.
Central County Transportation Authority (CCTA)
The Central County Transportation Authority was created in August 2014 as part of the goal to regionalize public transit. The public transit system was transferred from the City of Kalamazoo to the CCTA on October 1, 2016. The 11-member CCTA board is responsible for the policy decisions related to operating the regional public transit system. The CCTA levies a 0.75 millage in the urban area of Kalamazoo County to fund the fixed-route bus system. Meetings are generally held the 2nd Monday of each month at 11:30 am at the Metro Transit Administration Building (530 N Rose St., Kalamazoo MI 49007). Contact: Sean McBride 269-337-8088 or visit www.kmetro.com.
Community Action Tripartite Advisory Board
The Community Action Tripartite Advisory Board (CATAB) meets on the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Health & Community Services, 311 E. Alcott Street. The Community Action Tripartite Advisory Board consists of three sectors mandated by the Federal government: private sector, consumer sector and public official sector. The Board of Commissioners appoints five public sector representatives and five private official sector representatives and approves five consumer sector representatives.
The Community Action Tripartite Advisory Board shall advise the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners (the governing board) and advise the Health and Community Services Department on the implementation and coordination of a comprehensive Community Action program. The Community Action Tripartite Advisory Board will assist the Governing Board by and through the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department by serving as the advocate for the reduction of the causes, conditions and effects of poverty and shall assist in the provision of social and economic opportunities that foster self-sufficiency for low income persons. Contact: Amber Leverette 269-373.5101.
Community Corrections Advisory Board
The Community Mental Health Board meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 418 W. Kalamazoo Avenue at 4:00 p.m. The Community Mental Health Board deals with provision of mental health services; membership categories are: general public, providers of mental health services, recipients and consumers of mental health services, and agencies and occupations having a working involvement with mental health services. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Jeff Patton 269-553-8002.
Currently applications will be accepted for the following positions for a person representing mental health, public health, substance abuse, employment and training, or community alternative program; a person representing the local business community; and a person represeting the local/regional workforce development board.
County Identification Program Advisory Board
The Kalamazoo County Identification Program Advisory Board assists in providing general oversight of the County ID Program, established by the Board of Commissioners in 2017. The Advisory Board will meet on a monthly basis and will provide evaluations of the ID program, reporting to the Board of Commissioners at regular intervals. The Board meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 5:00 p.m.
Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Appointments to the first Advisory Board will have staggered 1, 2 or 3 year terms as determined by the Board of Commissioners. Contact: Tim Snow, County Clerk & Register of Deeds 269-384-8141.
Department of Human Services Board
Kalamazoo County Department Human Services meets the second Thursday of each month at the Kalamazoo Department of Human Services offices. The Board deals with human services matters within the County. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Kalamazoo County Department of Human Services Director Barb LaRue 269-337-5000.
Economic Development Corporation Board / Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (KCBRA) facilitates the redevelopment of environmentally contaminated and underutilized properties located within participating municipalities through the use of tax increment financing and other incentives as authorized by state Brownfield redevelopment legislation. The KCBRA serves those local units in the County who are not currently served by a local brownfield Authority. (Members of the KCBRA are automatically members of the Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors). Contact: Rachael Grover 269-384-8305.
The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Board of Directors meets on an as-needed basis, on the fourth Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. This Board deals with economic development projects within Kalamazoo County. Its purpose is to assist local industrial and commercial enterprises in their development and expansion programs. Appoint¬ments are made for six-year terms of office. (This board does not meet on a consistent basis – Members of this Board are automatically members of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority) Contact: Lotta Jarnefelt 269-384-8115.
Environmental Health Advisory Council
The Environmental Health Advisory Council (EHAC) meets the second Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October, and December at 9:00 am. at 311 E. Alcott Street. This Council serves as an informed advocacy body and sounding board for matters of policy that affect the lives of citizens who need environmental health services. In addition, it advises the County Board of Commissioners on environmental matters. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Vern Johnson 269-373-5356.
The nine member Fair Advisory Council meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake Street. The goal of the Fair Council is to provide a quality family-oriented fair that supports the 4-H youth as well as promotes and encourages the agricultural and tourism industries in Kalamazoo County. Appointments are for three year terms. Contact: David Rachowicz at 269-383-8778.
The Jury Board meets once a year in the month of May. They provide community oversight and input to the court regarding the jury system. Contact: Lisa Mount 269-384-8355.
Kalamazoo Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (KCMASAS)
The Kalamazoo Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services(KCMHSAS) meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 418 W. Kalamazoo Avenue at 4:00 p.m. The KCMHSAS deals with provision of mental health services; membership categories are: general public, providers of mental health services, recipients and consumers of mental health services, and agencies and occupations having a working involvement with mental health services. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Jeff Patton 269-553-8002 email@example.com
Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority - (Official Site)
The 9-member Kalamazoo County Transportation Authority Board works in coordination with the CCTA to plan, promote, finance, operate, the public transportation in Kalamazoo County. The KCTA levies a 0.315 millage in Kalamazoo County to the Metro County Connect demand-response service. Meetings are generally held the 2nd Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Metro Transit Administration Building (530 N Rose St., Kalamazoo MI 49007). Contact: Sean McBride 269-337-8088 or www.kmetro.com.
Land Bank Authority - (Official Site)
The Kalamazoo County Land Bank Authority Board is responsible for the authoritative oversight of the land bank, for the purpose of acquiring, assembling, disposing of, and quieting title to property, including tax- reverted property, to foster the development of the property, and to promote economic growth in Kalamazoo County. Meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. at 1523 Riverview Drive, Kalamazoo on the 2nd Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December unless otherwise noted at www.kalamazoolandbank.org.
Metropolitan County Planning Commission
The Kalamazoo Metropolitan County Planning Commission (KMCPC) meets as needed on the first Thursday of the month a minimum of four times a year at 7:00 p.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. The KMCPC deals with planning and land use issues within Kalamazoo County. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Lotta Jarnefelt 269-384-8115.
Older Adult Services Advisory Council
The Older Adult Services Advisory Council's primary function is to act in an advisory capacity to the County Board of Commissioners through the Health & Community Services Department related to the provision of services to the senior population of the Kalamazoo community. Membership requirements state that half the members must be age 60 or over, and other members may represent a nutrition provider, social service provider, a local elected official and general public. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at 311 E. Alcott Street. Contact: Anne Zemlick 269-373-5153.
Parks and Recreation Commission
The Parks and Recreation Commission is appointed by the Board of Commissioners and in general, its function is to oversee, plan, develop, preserve, administer, maintain and operate public parks and recreational facilities in Kalamazoo County. The Parks and Recreation Commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at the County Expo Center Building. The Parks Commission reviews matters dealing with all Kalamazoo County Government Parks & Expo Center. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: David Rachowicz at 269-383-8778.
Public Housing Commission
The Public Housing Commission meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building. The Commission attempts to help area residents gain access to decent, affordable housing. Contact: David Anderson 269-364-6942.
Remonumentation Peer Review Group
The function of the Kalamazoo County Remonumentation Peer Review Group is to review and reach consensus on the location of original public land survey corners presented by surveyors before the county accepts the corners for filing under its county Remonumentation plan. The Peer Review Group consists of a minimum of 3 licensed surveyors appointed for a 3-year term. The County Surveyor is a member, County representative and also the Chair of the Peer Review Group. The group meets as needed on the third Thursday of the month at 3 pm. Contact: Lotta Jarnefelt 269-384-8115.
Retirement Investment Committee
The Retirement Investment Committee meets on at least a quarterly basis, usually on 4th Wednesdays February, May, August, and the Monday before Thanksgiving in November. Meeting times and locations vary. The Committee's purpose is to manage the assets of the County's Retirement System. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Lisa Robert 269-384-8090.
Road Commission of Kalamazoo County - (Official Site)
The Board of County Road Commissioners meets on alternating Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. at the Road Commission of Kalamazoo County’s (RCKC) office located at 3801 East Kilgore Road. The Road Commission, a separate legal entity, is charged with the responsibility for construction and maintenance of the Kalamazoo County road system. At least four of the five Board members must reside in a township. Contact: Joanna Johnson 269-381-3171; www.kalamazoocountyroads.com
Sewage & Water Board of Appeals
The Sewage & Water Board of Appeals exists to provide interpretations and/or exceptions of the provisions of the regulations contained in Article II of the Kalamazoo County Sanitary Code, namely Onsite Sewage Treatment Regulations. This board consists of three community members: a registered onsite sewage treatment system installer, an active builder and member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo, and a resident of Kalamazoo County. This board meets on an “as needed basis”. Contact: Lucus Pols at (269) 373-5172
Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Board of Appeals
The Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Board of Appeals hears appeals from decisions made by the County Soil & Sedimentation Control Program. Members must have a current and valid Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Training Certificate. Meetings are held on a quarterly on “as needed” basis. Contact: Pat Crowley (269) 384-811.
Southcentral Michigan Planning Council (SMPC)
The Southcentral Michigan Planning Council (SMPC) is one of 14 State Planning and Development Regions. SMPC represents Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph Counties. The goals of SMPC are: improve regional economic health, improve transportation systems, promote regional cooperation and planning, assist local entities with community planning, and encourage regional recreation planning. The SMPC board meets the first Tuesday of every month at 11:30 am. The meeting locations rotate between each member county; the formal public notice is found here: http://smpcregion3.org/meeting-information/. SMPC board members are expected to attend the monthly meetings and possible committee meetings. Local business and municipal leaders are encouraged to apply for board appointment. Contact: Lee Adams, 269-385-0409, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board
The Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board meets on the third Monday of the month in January, March, May, July, and November and the fourth Monday in August. Meetings are held at 4:00 p.m. at 5250 Lovers Lane, Suite 200; Portage unless otherwise communicated. In accordance with the Code and the Intergovernmental Contract, the purposes of the Board are as follows: (a) Approval of any portion of SWMBH’s budget that contains 1986 PA 2 (MCL 211.24e(11)) funds (“PA 2 Funds”) for the treatment or prevention of substance use disorders which shall be used only for substance use disorder treatment and prevention in the Counties from which the PA 2 Funds originated; (b) Advise and make recommendations regarding SWMBH’s budgets for substance use disorder treatment or prevention using non PA 2 Funds; and (c) Advise and make recommendations regarding contracts with substance use disorder treatment or prevention providers. Contact Michelle Jorgboyan, (269) 488-6845 or email@example.com.
Veterans Affairs Committee
The Veterans Affairs Committee meet 4th Wednesday of the month, at 9:00 a.m., 311 E. Alcott Street. It is responsible for administering the County Department of Veteran Affairs, which will coordinate and administer benefits to veterans. Appointments are made for four-year terms of office. Contact: 269-373-5361.
All members of the Committee must be residents of the county who have served honorably on active duty in the United States Armed Forces, and shall have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience in public service, business, or finance. At least 1 member shall represent a congressionally chartered veterans' organization within the county, to be appointed upon the recommendation of the posts of each chartered veterans' organization within the county. At least 1 independent member shall also be appointed, who may or may not be a member of a congressionally chartered veterans' organization within the county (MCL 35.621). Please attach a copy of your DD214 to this application. Applications will not be considered without this document.
For general information, or to get an application, please contact the Board Office at 384-8111.