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Other Councils, Boards and Commissions

City Council Regular Council Meeting: First and sometimes third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall.

Qualifications:

Each of the eight (8) council members and the mayor shall be a citizen of the United States of America, have been a resident of the State of Texas for a period of at least one (1) year, have been a resident of the City of Stephenville for a period of at least six (6) months, be a qualified voter of the State of Texas, shall not be in arrears in the payment of any taxes or any other liability due the city, and citizens who run for election from a single-member district, must have been a resident in that district for a period of at least six (6) months prior to the election date. (Art. III, Sec. 7, City Charter)

MayorTerm:

The mayor shall be elected from the city at large for a term of two (2) years or until his successor has been elected and duly qualified. The mayor shall be elected on the second Saturday in May each even-numbered year. (Art. III, Sec. 2, City Charter)

Terms:

There shall be eight (8) members of the city council elected at large from the City of Stephenville. Council members shall be elected for a term of two (2) years, four (4) council members being elected each year. Those council members who are elected in the year 1964 shall, after their election, draw for places 2, 4, 6 and 8, and those council members holding over who were elected in 1963 shall draw for places 1, 3, 5 and 7. Thereafter council members shall run and elected by place designation. (Art. III, Sec. 5, City Charter)

City Election:

First Saturday in May


Standing Committees of The City Council

Each committee is comprised of four council members. These committees are realigned each year following the City General Election in May.

Community Services Committee:

Library, senior citizen center, airport, cemetery, parks, recreation, and related items.

Finance Committee:

Investment policies, expenditures of Child Safety Fund and Hotel/Motel Tax, liaison with Central Appraisal District, review audit, other policy matters within the Finance Division.

Nominations Committee:

Recommend to full council the names of citizens to serve on advisory boards and commissions; consider legislative matters.

Personnel Committee:

Personnel policies, salaries, and benefits, classification and job descriptions, health insurance, workers compensation, and related matters.

Planning and Development Committee:

Liaison with Planning and Zoning Commission and trade boards, code enforcement, sale or acquisition of city property, traffic, streets, drainage, and related matters.

Public Health and Safety Committee:

Policies relating to emergency medical service and emergency preparedness, review of ordinances pertinent to health and safety, and other public safety policy matters.

Public Works Committee:

Policies and issues relating to ground and surface water supply, water conservation, distribution planning, waste water treatment and collection improvements, landfill policies, gate fees, long-range planning for future landfill, recycling, composting, streets, drainage, and related matters.


Citizen Committees

Planning and Zoning Commission:

Comprised of ten volunteer residents, each serving a two-year term. P&Z makes recommendations to the council on comprehensive planning, zoning, subdivision plats, and other related land issues. P&Z meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall

Board of Adjustment:

A five-member board (up to four alternate members). A quasi-judicial board which can make interpretations of the meaning and intent of the Zoning Ordinance; may grant special use permits for conditional uses in a zoning classification or variances to Zoning Ordinance requirements.

Building Board:

Five-member board. Addresses issues relative to the International Building Code; provides for the issuance of permits and collection of fees; and regulates activities affecting all building and structures inside the city.

Mechanical Board:

Five-member board. Addresses issues relative to the International Mechanical Code; provides for the issuance of permits and collection of fees; and regulates activities affecting heating, ventilating, cooling, refrigeration systems, incinerators, or other miscellaneous heat-producing appliances inside the city.

Electrical Board:

Five-member board. Addresses issues relative to the National Electrical Code; provides for the issuance of permits and collection of fees; and the inspection and regulation of the installation of electrical wires and apparatus inside the city.

Plumbing Board:

Seven-member board. Addresses issues relative to the International Plumbing Code; provides for issuance of permits and collection of fees; and regulates activities affecting the maintenance or use of any plumbing or rain water system or parts thereof inside the city.

Dangerous Buildings Abatement Board:

Five-member board. Provides for the inspection of buildings within the city and assigns authority for declaring dangerous buildings to be a nuisance. Further provides for an appeals process and defines said procedures.

Airport Advisory Board:

The Airport Advisory Board makes recommendations to the city council in respect to construction, expansion, improvements, maintenance, and operations of Clark Field Municipal Airport. The board consists of seven (7) members appointed by the City Council.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board:

Seven-member board. Advises the city council on policy matters concerning the planning, acquisition, operation, and use of parks, playgrounds, and open spaces; and recommends policies on recreational programs.

Senior Citizens Advisory Board:

Seven-member board. Advises the city council on policy matters affecting the Stephenville Senior Citizens Program of the parks and recreation department.

Library Advisory Board:

Seven-member board. Advises the city council on policy matters concerning the planning, acquisition, operation, and use of library and recommends policies on library programs.

Water Conservation Committee:

A five-member board. Advises the city council on policy matters concerning the city’s water conservation and works to minimize the adverse impacts of water supply shortage or other water supply emergency condition.

Western Heritage Board:

The Western Heritage Board serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council and Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee on matters concerning Western Heritage Events and Programs. The Board consists of five (5) members appointed by the City Council and Chamber of Commerce.