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COMMITTEES OF COUNCIL


The Finance Committee of Council:  Jeff Fix (Chairperson), Cristie Hammond (Vice Chairperson), Mike Sabatino (Secretary), Tony Barletta (Member), Jerry Dailey (Member), Brandon Ogden (Member), and Melissa Wilde (Member), Mayor Lee Gray (ex officio) and City Manager William Vance (non-voting). Staff to the Committee are Chris Schornack, Director of Finance, and Lynda Yartin, City Clerk. Finance Committee meets on the Wednesday after the second Council meeting of each month at 7:00 P.M.

The Finance Committee is the principal review body on the annual tax budget and the Manager’s annual budget. In addition, the Finance Committee recommends appropriation changes to Council throughout the year and reviews City insurance expenditures.

The Rules Committee of Council:  Melissa Wilde (Chairperson), Mike Sabatino (Vice Chairperson), Cristie Hammond (Secretary), Mayor Lee Gray (ex officio) and City Manager William Vance (non-voting). Staff to the Committee is Lynda Yartin, City Clerk. Rules Committee meets on the Wednesday after the first Council meeting of each month at 7:45 P.M.

The Rules Committee recommends persons for appointments to vacant positions on Council, Boards, and Commissions.  The Committee reviews personnel issues and recommends changes to the Administrative Code and the rules of Council.

The Service Committee of Council: Mike Sabatino (Chairperson), Brandon Ogden (Vice Chairperson), Tony Barletta (Secretary and Planning and Zoning Commission Representative), Mayor Lee Gray (ex officio), and City Manager William Vance (non-voting). Staff to the Committee are Ed Drobina, Service Director, Scott Tourville, City Engineer, Bill Vance, Interim Development Services Director, and Lynda Yartin, City Clerk. Service Committee meets on the Wednesday following the second Council meeting of each month at 7:45 PM.

The Service Committee deals with issues regarding water and wastewater utilities, streets, storm water, engineering services, technical land-use, and Planning and Zoning Commission matters.

The Safety Committee of Council:  Cristie Hammond (Chairperson), Tony Barletta (Vice Chairperson and Nuisance Abatement Board Member), Melissa Wilde (Secretary and Parks & Recreation Board Representative), Mayor Lee Gray (ex officio), and City Manager William Vance (non-voting). Staff to the Committee are Michael Taylor, Chief of Police, Scott Tourville, City Engineer, Rebecca Medinger, Parks and Recreation Director, and Lynda Yartin, City Clerk. Safety Committee meets on the Wednesday following the first Council meeting of each month at 7:00 P.M. 

The Safety Committee's principal responsibility is citizen review and input regarding the Pickerington Police Department.  The Committee also oversees lands and buildings, general safety related topics, refuse collection, recycling, and the City's parks.
 

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS


Board of Zoning Appeals

MEMBERS: Bill Wells (Chairperson), Eric Tincher (Vice Chairperson), Chris Chapman, Charles Cline, and Richard Harmon. Staff to the board are Bill Vance, Interim Development Services Director, Clement Chukwu, Planning Director, Lynda Yartin, City Clerk, and Karen Risher, Deputy City Clerk. The Board meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 P.M., as necessary.


The Board of Zoning Appeals hears variance requests and appeals on technical issues regarding permitted land uses under the Zoning Code.

Parks and Recreation Board

MEMBERS: Craig Burre (Chairperson), Don Goodrich (Vice Chairperson), Mike McKinley (Secretary), Joann Barnak, Steve Malone, Eric Pawlowski, John Eggenspiller, and Melissa Wilde (Council Representative). Staff to the Board are Rebecca Medinger, Parks and Recreation Director, Lynda Yartin, City Clerk, and Karen Risher, Deputy City Clerk. The Parks and Recreation Board meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 P.M.

The Parks and Recreation Board is an advisory board to the Safety Committee of Council and provides policy and recreation program advisory input to the Parks and Recreation Department. The Board also identifies and recommends Parks Capital projects to the Safety Committee of Council for approval by Council.

Planning and Zoning Commission

MEMBERS: Doug Blake, (Chairperson), Brian Bosch (Vice Chairperson), Tony Barletta (Secretary and Council Representative), Mark Dembski, Phil Reese, Ted Hackworth (Mayor's Representative), and Andora Marshall.  Staff to the Commission are Bill Vance, Interim Development Services Director, Clement Chukwu, Planning Director, Lynda Yartin, City Clerk, and Karen Risher, Deputy City Clerk. The Planning and Zoning Commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 P.M.


The Planning and Zoning Commission is responsible for reviewing proposals and making recommendations on land use policy and development. The principal activities include review and recommendation on subdivisions and annexations, re-zonings, site plans, comprehensive sign plans, and issues certificates of appropriateness for commercial projects under the City’s Commercial Design Guidelines.  The City maintains active membership in both Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and Fairfield County Regional Planning Commission (FCRPC). Mr. Chukwu represents the City at the FCRPC meetings.

Personnel Appeals Board

MEMBERS: Melissa Schiffel (Chairperson), Angela Geist (Vice Chairperson) and Vanessa Niekamp. Staff to the Board is Lynda Yartin, City Clerk. The Board meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 P.M. as needed.

The Board serves with all powers and duties as the Civil Service Commission for the City. Other responsibilities are to hear appeals whenever any individual in the classified service or applicant to a competitive service position, feels wronged by any action of the City.