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 the second Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. Conference room, second floor of the terminal building, 5235 Portage Road. Call 388-3668 for additional position information.
Animal Services & Enforcement Advisory Board
Provides advice on animal control issues to the Animal Control Department and Board of Commissioners. Meeting times are once a year on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Animal Services & Enforcement. Applications are currently being accepted for a Veterinarian to serve on this Board. Staff Liaison: Steve Lawrence 383-8771
Board of Public Works
The Board of Public Works meets 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 384-8115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Purchasing Department (269) 383-8967 or email@example.com
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 11-member board will be appointed by the Board of Commissioners in September/October 2014. The CCTA is to plan, promote, finance, acquire, improve, enlarge, extend, own, construct, operate, maintain, replace, and contract for fixed-route bus within the boundaries of the Authority which include primarily the urban areas of Kalamazoo County. For additional information contact 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. in Conference Room B of the Health and Community Services Department. 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 Board is currently seeking someone to fill a Consumer vacancy.
Public Official Sector - Any elected official currently holding office.
Private Sector - Individuals from areas of business, industry, agriculture, labor, education, and religious and civic organizations located within the County.
Consumer Sector - Individuals from any of the following categories: low-income individuals who are consumers of, or eligible for, Community Action Agency services residing in the County.
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.
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.
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 12:00 p.m. 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 337-5000.
Economic Development Corporation Board / Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
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 specific projects within Kalamazoo County that are funded through bonding. Its purpose is to assist local industrial and commercial enterprises in their development and expansion programs. Appointments 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 384-8115
The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) 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 BRA serves those local units in the County who are not currently served by a local BRA. (Members of this Authority are automatically members of the Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors). Contact: Lotta Jarnefelt 384-8115
Environmental Health Advisory Council
For 2014 The Environmental Health Advisory Council (EHAC) meets the second Wednesday of each February, April, June, August, October, December at 9:00 a.m. in the ground floor Conference Room D, main wing, Nazareth Complex. 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 373.5356.
The nine member Fair Advisory Council meets monthly in the evening at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center. The dates and time will be determined by the Fair Council. 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. At this time the Jury Board is seeking a Repulican Party to serve on the Board. Appointments are made for six-year terms. Contact: Jennifer 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 was created under the provisions of the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Act, 2003 P.A. 258, 124.571 et seq., and the Intergovernmental Agreement by and between the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority and the Treasurer of Kalamazoo County.
The Kalamazoo County Land Bank is dedicated to improving the quality of our neighborhoods, returning tax reverted property to the tax roll, and providing innovative concepts to homeownership. Meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. on the 2nd Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December at the Riverview Launch facility, 1523 Riverview Drive. Contact: Mary Balkema 384-8134.
Metropolitan County Planning Commission
The Kalamazoo Metropolitan County Planning Commission (KMCPC) meets the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 207A of the County Administration Building. The KMCPC deals with planning and zoning issues within Kalamazoo County. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: Lotta Jarnefelt 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 Human 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 will 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 4:00 p.m. at the Nazareth Complex. Contact: Anne Zemlick 373-5153.
Parks and Recreation Commission
The Parks and Recreation Commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at the County Center Building. The Parks Commission reviews matters dealing with all Kalamazoo County Government Parks. Appointments are made for three-year terms of office. Contact: David Rachowicz at 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 provide advice on 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 the third Wednesday in the months of February, May, August, and 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: Finance Department 269-383-8686.
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: Vern Johnson, Division Manager, Environmental Health at (269) 373-5347 or email.
Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Board of Appeals
The County Board of Commissioners shall appoint a Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Board of Appeals. The Board of Appeals shall be composed of not less than three (3) persons and not more than (5) persons. The County Board of Commissioners shall establish the precise number of members of the Board of Appeals through the adoption of a Resolution
The County Board of Commissioners may change the precise number of members of the Board of Appeals on an annual basis.
Terms shall be for three (3) years. When members are first appointed, the appointments may be for less than three (3) years to provide for staggered terms.
The members of the Board of Appeals shall select a chairperson from among themselves and shall adopt By-Laws which establish the method of conducting appeals.
Meetings are held on a quarterly on “as needed” basis. Contact: Pat Crowley (269) 384-8117.
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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For general information, or to get an application, please contact the Board Office at 384-8111.