Authorities, Boards and Commissions

Welcome to the City of Erie’s page on Authorities, Boards, and Commissions.  We have created this page to provide important information on each organization in an effort to advance transparency, accessibility, and opportunity.

We have also created an open application process to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.  If you are dedicated to and passionate about our community and have the required skill set and expertise to help lead our Authorities, Boards, and Commissions into the future, we invite you to apply at https://go.citygro.ws/city-of-erie/authorities-boards-and-commissions 

All City of Erie Authority, Board, and Commission appointments are voluntary, and terms of service as well as required skill sets/expertise vary for each organization. 

The deadline to apply is January 11, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.

Below, we have provided the following information (where applicable):

  • An overview of each organization and its purpose
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Current roster
  • Meeting dates, times, and locations
  • Links to defining ordinances and/or pdfs
  • Links to respective websites
  • Skill sets, experience, and qualifications requested by the organization.
  • Requirements
  • By-Laws 

The following Pennsylvania Laws provide an overview regarding Optional Third Class City Charters and Third Class City Code, of which the City of Erie is both.

Optional Third Class City Charter Law

Act of Jul. 15, 1957,P.L. 901, No. 399 Cl. 11 – OPTIONAL THIRD CLASS CITY CHARTER LAW (state.pa.us)

Third Class Cities

Title 11 – PA General Assembly (state.pa.us)

2014 Act 22 – PA General Assembly (state.pa.us)

Municipal Authorities

Chapter 56. – Title 53 – MUNICIPALITIES GENERALLY (state.pa.us)

Eligibility for Board or Commission Membership
List of Authorities, Boards, and Commissions

General Information

Number of Board Members: 9 (4 Council Appointments, 1 City Council Liaison, RACE Executive Director, Planning Director, Director of Code Enforcement, Planning Commission Liaison)

Skills/Experience: Code enforcement, blight, rehab/renovations, construction; knowledge/understanding of Erie Refocused, Activating Our Vision, and Neighborhood Plans

Term:  2 years

Appointed by:  City Council

Ordinances

Defining Ordinances
Membership Requirements

Meetings

2nd Wednesday of every month, 9-11AM
City Hall, Room 500

Agendas & Minutes

Meeting Agendas
Meeting Minutes

Members

Angela Eckelberger
Council Appointee (Voting Member)
Second Term Ends: 12/31/2023
[Vacant]
Council Appointee (Voting Member)
Term Ends: 12/31/2021
Selena` King
Council Appointee (Voting Member)
Term Ends: 12/31/2022
Dave Uhlig
Council Appointee (Voting Member)
Second Term Ends: 12/31/2022
Jasmine Flores
Council Member (Voting Member)
Aaron Snippert
ERA Director (Voting Member)
Erin Carey
Mayor Designee (Voting Member)
Andy Zimmerman
Mayor Designee (Voting Member)
Rich Speicher
Planning Commission (Voting Member)
[Vacant]
City Housing Office (Non-Voting Member)
Mike Lavery
Code Enforcement (Non-voting Member)
Donald Sauer
Fire Department (Non-Voting Member)
Anthony Talarico
Police Department (Non-Voting Member)
Steve Letzelter
Tax Claim Director (Non-Voting Member)
Tina Gilmore
City Treasurers Office (Non-Voting Member)

General Information

Any person aggrieved by any decision of a Building Code Official or Public officer submit an appeal to the Building Code Official for a review by the Blighted Property Review Committee/Property Maintenance/Rental Appeals Board, which shall issue a decision in writing setting forth specific facts and legal conclusions; and may appeal subsequently under Local Agency Law to the Court of Common Pleas of Erie County.

Number of Board Members: 5

Skills/Expertise: Engineer, Property Owner, General Contractor, Construction

Requirements: 

Term: 3 years

Appointed by:  The Mayor

Ordinances

Ordinances
105.03
907.11
715.01
165.08
1501.01

Meetings

3rd Thursday of every month, 2PM
City Hall, City Council Chambers

Members

Hank Graygo
Engineer
Term Expires: 01/01/2010
Ruth Thompson
Property Owner
Term Expires: 09/21/2012
Carl Zimmerman
General Contractor
Term Expires: 01/01/2010
Tim McCormick
Alternate
Term Expires: 01/01/2010
Vacant

General Information

Number of Board Members: 9 + 2 alternates

Skills/Experience: Master Plumber, Registered Industrial or Chemical Engineer, Registered Architect, Structural Engineer, Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Fire Protection Engineer or Technician, General Building Contractor, Business/Industry Representative, Member of General Public, Drywall Contractor)

Term:  3 years 

Appointed by:  City Council

Ordinances

Defining Ordinances
Membership Requirements

Meetings

1st Thursday of every month, 1PM
City Hall, City Council Chambers

Members

David Steele
Structural Engineer
Robert Herbstritt
Business/Industry Representative
Matthew Rose
General Building Contractor
J. Douglas Armstrong
Member, General Public
Dave Woods
Electrical Engineer
Dean Wilson
Chairperson/Fire Protection Engineer
Thomas Grosz
Registered Architect
Al Naylor
Alternate / Drywall Contractor
Vacant
Mechanical / Plumbing Engineer
Vacant
Reg. Industrial or Chemical Engineer
Vacant
Alternate / Master Plumber

General Information

Purpose:  Formed for the purpose of undertaking any project for any college, university, or institution of higher learning at such locations within or without the City of Erie, and which are authorized by the provisions of the Municipality Authorities Act of May 2, 1945, as amended and supplemented.

Number of Board Members:  7, including the City Treasurer and the President of City Council

Skills/Expertise: Finance

Requirements: Must be a resident of the City of Erie

Term: 5 years

Appointed by:  The Mayor

Ordinances

Article 192
Authorizing Ordinance
Bylaws

General Information

Number of Board Members:  5

Skills/Experience: Real estate, construction, blight

Requirement:  Must be a resident of the City of Erie 

Term: 3 years

Appointed by:  The Mayor, City Council, and the School Board of Erie’s Public Schools each appoint one representative, and are joined by a designee of the Redevelopment Authority and the Director of the Department of Economic and Community Development.  City Council’s appointee must be (1) a resident of the City of Erie, (2) not a public official or municipal employee, and (3) a member in good standing of a recognized civic organization in the City of Erie.

Ordinances

Defining Ordinances
Membership Requirements

Meetings

3rd Monday of every month, 1PM
City Hall, Council Chambers

Members

TJ Sandell
Chairperson

Second Term Ends: 1/01/2022

Paul Gambill
Vice Chairperson
Term Expires: 1/18/2023
Debra Smith
Treasurer
Director of ECD
Darlene Feeney
Secretary

First Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Chris Groner
Member
Term Expires: 12/31/2023

General Information

Purpose:  Planning is a visionary task to lead residents in creating and building a view of their future. Local planning commissions are established to guide land use and development at the municipal level. The planning commission has the responsibility of developing and implementing a comprehensive plan as well as reviewing proposals for new developments and public projects. The planning commission requires technical skills and expertise to provide advice to the City. The planning commission is the City’s surrogate on land use issues, providing assistance by taking time to conduct in-depth research on important planning issues and then make informed recommendations for action. As an independent advisory body, the planning commission gives the City the assurance that the important issues of land use and future growth are given the necessary attention.

Recommendations to public authorities; approval of plans.

[Ord. 16-1962 § 1, passed 5-9-1962]

The City Planning Commission may make recommendations to any public authorities, corporations or individuals in the City, with reference to the location of any buildings, structures or works to be erected or constructed by them. No improvement, redevelopment or revitalizing project shall be constructed or otherwise undertaken, in whole or in part, by any agency, authority or department, without first acquiring approval of the City Planning Commission that such project complies with the comprehensive and detailed planning and programming for the improvement, redevelopment and revitalizing of the City and, secondly, without acquiring Council’s approval thereof by ordinance.

The Planning Commission in Pennsylvania (2017)

Number of Board Members:  5 + 2 alternates

Skills/Expertise: Planning, Zoning, Neighborhood Development, and an understanding of Zoning and Erie Refocused, the City of Erie’s Comprehensive Plan

Requirements: Must be a City of Erie resident

Term: 4 years

Appointed by:  The Mayor

Powers and Duties

The planning commission acts as an advisor and recommending body to City Council. The MPC authorizes a planning commission to conduct the following activities for the municipality:

  1. Prepare a comprehensive plan for the long-term growth, development, and well-being of the municipality to present it for consideration and adoption
  2. Prepare and present a zoning ordinance, and make recommendations on proposed amendments to it
  3. Prepare, recommend, and administer subdivision and land development and planned residential development regulations
  4. Make recommendations concerning the adoption or amendment of an official map
  5. Submit a recommended capital improvements program
  6. Review the zoning ordinance, subdivision and land development ordinance, official map, provisions for planned residential development, and such other ordinances and regulations governing the development of land

Ordinances

155.01

Meetings

3rd Tuesday of every month, 1PM
City Hall, City Council Chambers

Please contact the Planning Commission Secretary for information regarding the process for submitting items for review.

Contact Information

Email: JWelsh@erie.pa.us
Phone Number: (814) 870-1273

Agendas & Minutes

Planning Commission Agendas
Planning Commission Minutes
Planning Commission Annual Reports & Other Misc. Documents

Members

Mark Kloecker
Chair
Third Term Ends: 12/31/2023
Richard Speicher
Vice-Chair
Third Term Ends: 12/31/2023
Colin Russ
Member
First Term Ends: 12/31/2025
Toni Mazanowski
Member
First Term Ends: 12/31/2024
Jason Wieczorek
Member
First Term Ends: 12/31/2022
Amanda Burlingham
Alternate
First Term Ends: 12/31/2022
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Alternate
First Term Ends: 12/31/2024

General Information

Purpose:  To provide for and oversee the examination of applicants for appointment and promotion to any position in the police or fire department, excluding the Chiefs.

Number of Board Members:  3 + 3 Alternates

Skills/Expertise: Hiring and Firing experience, Human Resources, Legal, Employee Management, Retired Police and Firefighters; will need to develop an understanding of PA Civil Service Rules and Regulations and the 3rd Class City Code, especially as it relates to the role of Civil Service Boards. 

Requirements:  Must be a City of Erie resident, No city officer, official, or employee shall be eligible for appointment.

Term: 4 years

PA 3rd Class City Code, Civil Service: 

Title 11 – PA General Assembly (state.pa.us)

Appointed by:  City Council

Members

Fred Rush
Term Expires: 2020
Anthony Pol
Term Expires: 06/23/2021
Bob Zaruta
Term Expires: 7/31/2022
[Vacant]
[Vacant]
[Vacant]

General Information

Purpose:  The Design Review Committee, following City of Erie zoning ordinances, reviews projects in the city’s Waterfront Commercial District and makes recommendations to City Council, which must approve all building projects in the waterfront zone.

Number of Board Members: 5

Skills/Expertise: Planning, Zoning, Neighborhood Development

Requirements: Must be a City of Erie resident

Term: 4 years

Appointed by:  The Mayor

Meetings

First Wednesday of every month, 1PM
City Hall, Room 500

Members

Shelly Buehler
Member

Term Expires: 12/31/2024

Dan Dahlkemper
Member
Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Rich Speicher
Member
Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Mark Steg
Member
Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Debra Smith
Member

Director of ECD

General Information

Purpose:  To acquire, hold, construct, improve, maintain and operate, own, and lease, all facilities necessary or incidental therefore for the operation of a Civic Center/Convention Center Complex in the City; and to promote, attract, stimulate, develop, and expand business, industry, commerce, and tourism in Erie County.

Number of Board Members: 11

Skills/Expertise: Legal, finance, business, entertainment

Requirements: Mayoral appointees must be residents of the City of Erie

Term: 4 years

Appointed by:  The Mayor (2), The Governor (2), County Council (7)

Website

  It’s all right here! – Erie Events

Ordinances

Defining Ordinances

Meetings

Third Tuesday of every month at 3:00PM at the Bayfront Convention Center. Meetings are open to the public.

Members

Gwen White
Chairperson

Second Term Expires: 12/31/2024
Mayoral Apppointee

Thomas Doolin
Vice Chairperson

Term Expires: 12/31/2020
County Council Appointee

Khadija Horton
Treasurer

Term Expires: 12/31/2019
County Council Appointee

Steven Riley, Jr.
Secretary

Term Expires: 6/15/2020
Governor's Appointee

Mike Glass
Member

County Council Appointee

Matthew White
Member

Mayoral Appointee

Patrick Carrara
Member

County Council Appointee

Joseph Hilbert
Member

Term Expires: 12/31/2019
County Council Appointee

Michael McCormick
Member

Term Expires: 12/31/2021
County Council Appointee

Roger Richards
Member

Term Expires: 6/15/2020
Governor's Appointee

Eric Seggi
Member
Term Expires: 12/31/2021

General Information

Purpose:  to acquire, hold, construct, improve, maintain and operate, own or lease all facilities necessary or incidental to the operation of a mass transportation system in the City and its environs within the County of Erie.

Number of Board Members: 9

Skills/Expertise: Business Acumen, Diversity, Construction, Finance, Riders, Legal

Requirements: Mayoral appointees must be residents of the City of Erie

Term: 5 years

Appointed by:  The Mayor (5); the County Executive (4)

City of Erie, PA Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (ecode360.com)

Purpose

EMTA Homepage
Transit Development Plan

Meetings

Last Thursday of every month, 5:30PM
208 East Bayfront Parkway, Second Floor

Members

Dave Robison
Chairperson

County Representative

Jessica Molczan
Vice Chairperson
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Ashley Lawson
Secretary & Treasurer

County Representative

Tom Bly
Member
County Representative
Lyn Twillie-Darby
Member

County Representative

Rick Griffith
Member

Term Expires: 10/22/2020
City Representative

Gyan Ghising
Member

Term Expires: 10/22/2021
City Representative

George Willis
Member

Term Expires: 10/22/2022
City Representative

Ben Wilson
Member

Term Expires: 10/22/2023
City Representative

General Information

Purpose:  To acquire, construct, improve, maintain and operate parking projects, and establish a permanent coordinated system of parking facilities.

Number of Board Members: 5

Skills/Expertise: Business Acumen, Diversity, Construction, Finance, Downtown Business, Legal

Requirements: Must be residents of the City of Erie

Term: 4 years

Appointed by:  The Mayor 

City of Erie, PA Erie Parking Authority (ecode360.com)

Purpose

Erie Parking Authority Homepage

Ordinances

Defining Ordinances
Parking Ordinances
Parking Meter Ordinances

Meetings

Second Tuesday of every month at 8:30AM

Members

Dr. R.A. Snow
Chairperson
Fourth Term Expires: 2/28/2022
John Tretter
Vice Chair
Fourth Term Expires: 2/29/2020
Thomas Chido
Treasurer
Thomas Chido, III
Treasurer
Fourth Term Expires: 2/28/2021
John Voli
Member
First Term Expires: 2/28/2023
Hannah Kirby
Member
First Term Expires: 2/28/2023

General Information

Number of Board Members: 9

Skills/Expertise: 

  1. Vision and ability to see the big picture and focus on long-term goals.
  2. Have some understanding of the aviation industry including how airport projects are funded and how airports generate revenue.
  3. Be business-minded and have the ability to make decisions that benefit the growth of the airport as a regional asset; not make decisions based on what is “popular public opinion” at the time.
  4. Have no personal stake so Board decisions are made in the best interest of the airport as a whole.
  5. Willingness to prepare for meetings – must be computer proficient.

Requirements: The members of the board, each of whom shall be a taxpayer in, maintain a business in or be a citizen of the municipality by which he is appointed or be a taxpayer in, maintain a business in or be a citizen of a municipality into which one or more of the projects of the authority extends or is to extend or to which one or more projects has been or is to be leased, a majority of an authority’s board members shall be citizens residing in the incorporating municipality or incorporating municipalities of the authority.

Terms: 5 years

Defining Ordinances, By-Laws, and Documents: 

EMAA-Articles-of-Incorporation-11-28-1950.pdf (erieairport.org)

Erie-County-Runway-Resolution-59-2007.pdf (erieairport.org)

Section 5610 – Title 53 – MUNICIPALITIES GENERALLY (state.pa.us)

Act of Jul. 15, 1957,P.L. 901, No. 399 Cl. 11 – OPTIONAL THIRD CLASS CITY CHARTER LAW (state.pa.us)

ERAA Documents – Erie International Airport (erieairport.org)Appointed by:  5 are appointed by City Council, 4 by County Council

Website

Erie Airport

Board of Directors

Board of Directors – Erie International Airport

Ordinances

Ordinances
Membership Requirements

Meetings

4th Wednesday of every month, 12PM
441 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16501

Members

Christopher Parker
President

Second Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Daniel Gianelli
Vice President

Second Term Ends: 12/31/2024

Andrea Zdaniewski
President Pro-Tem

First Term Ends: 12/31/2020

Richard Wagner
Board Member

First Term Ends: 12/31/2023

Patrick Cappabianca
Board Member

Second Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Marybeth Smialek
Secretary

Term Ends: 12/31/2022

David Hallman
Treasurer

First Term Ends: 12/31/2020

Aaron Susmarski
Board Member

First Term Ends: 12/31/2023

Gregory Hayes
Board Member

First Term Ends: 12/31/2022

General Information

Number of Board Members:  5

Skills/Expertise: Finance, Legal, Construction

Requirements: Majority must be City of Erie residents, City of Erie employees are not eligible to serve

Term: 5 years

Appointed by:  City Council

Chapter 56. – Title 53 – MUNICIPALITIES GENERALLY (state.pa.us)

Bureau of Sewers – Erie, PA

Ordinances

Defining Ordinances

Meetings

3rd Tuesday of every month, 11AM via teleconference
Meeting Agendas

Members

Roger Whelan
Chairman
Term Expires: 12/31/2024
Veronica Wexford
Vice Chair
First Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Douglas Mitchell
Treasurer
Term Expires: 12/31/2025
Shawn Walsh
Secretary
First Term Expires: 12/31/2022
Tim Sennett
Solicitor
Abdullah Washington
Asssistant Secretary/Treasurer
Term Expires: 12/31/2023

General Information

Number of Board Members:  9 (2 Millcreek residents, 1 Harborcreek resident, 6 City of Erie)

Skills/Expertise: Finance, Business, Legal, Community Members

Requirements: Must be a City of Erie resident, City of Erie employees are not eligible to serve

Term: 5 years

Appointed by:  The Mayor (2) and City Council (7) – one each

Chapter 56. – Title 53 – MUNICIPALITIES GENERALLY (state.pa.us)

Purpose

Water Quality Reports
Capital Improvement Projects
News Archives

Meetings

Third Tuesday of every month, 3PM
340 West Bayfront Parkway

Ordinances

Ordinances
Articles of Incorporation

Members

[Vacant]
Chairperson
Mayoral Appointee
Daniel Bensur
Vice Chair, Millcreek Representative

First Term Expires: 1/1/2024
City Council Appointee

Shantel Hilliard
Treasurer

First Term Expires: 1/1/2023
City of Erie Appointee

Paul Gambill
Secretary

First Term Expires: 1/1/2024
City Council Appointee

Bryan Fife
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, Harborcreek Representative
Mayoral Appointee
Shatreece Johnson
Member

Term Expires: 1/1/2022
City Council Appointee

Lou Bizzarro
Millcreek Representative

Second Term Expires: 12/31/2025
City Council Appointee

Thomas Kennedy
Member

First Term Expires: 1/1/2024
City Council Appointee

Richard Wagner
Member

First Term Expires: 1/1/2023
City Council Appointee

Tim Sennett
Solicitor
City Council Appointee

General Information

Skills/Expertise: Logistics, Parks & Recreation, Marketing/Branding, Human Resources

Requirements: 

Term: 3 years

Appointed by:  The Mayor

Purpose

Port Authority Homepage
Master Plan

Meetings

Second and Fourth Tuesdays of every month

Ordinances

Third Class City Port Authority Act
Repeal of the Port Commission
Defining Ordinances
Regulatory Power
Regulatory Power

Members

David Zimmer III
Chairperson
Term Expires: 12/31/2022
Sharon Knoll
Vice Chairperson
PennDOT appointment Term: Until superseded
Michael Redlawsk
Treasurer
Term Expires: 12/31/2023
Jeffrey Brinling
Secretary
Term Expires: 12/31/2022
Julie Slomski
Term Expires: 12/31/2023
Owen McCormick
Member
Term Expires: 12/31/2022
William Panitzke
Member
Term Expires: 12/31/2021
William Petit
Member
Governor's appointment Term: Until superseded
William Sabatini
Member
Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Carl Wolfrom
Member
Term Expires: 12/31/2021
Jamie Martin-Stewart
Term Expires: 12/31/2023

General Information

HRC is a newly created, 7-member board with 5 citizen members, who are voting members, and 2 ex-officio non-voting members who represent the City and guide the commission.  The HRC was created on the recommendation of the Historic Preservation Task Force, which was convened for a temporary two-year appointment to research, investigate, and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding next steps.  As they come close to completing their work, one of the recommendations of the Task Force was to create the HRC. 

Purpose: To support the City of Erie in their efforts to protect some of this community’s most valuable and important assets including the historical, cultural, and aesthetic heritage of the City of Erie as they are seen as essential to the promotion of the health, prosperity, and general welfare of the people. See pdf for additional information.

Number of Board Members: 7 total (3 appointed by City Council; 2 appointed by the Mayor, 2 ex-officio members representing the Department of Planning & Neighborhood Resources and the Planning Commission)

Requirements:  Majority must reside in the City of Erie

Skills/Expertise:

  1. 1 professional preservationist or architectural historian active with a broad-based local organization involved with historic preservation/history;
  2. 1 architect w/ interest and background in historic preservation;
  3. 1 rep of Erie County Board of Realtors to share viewpoints of the Real Estate sales community.
  4. 2 citizens who have demonstrated an outstanding interest/knowledge of historic preservation and restoration in the City of Erie.  

Term: 4 years

Appointed by:  The Mayor and City Council

Powers and Duties

To support the City of Erie in their efforts to protect some of this community’s most valuable and important assets including the historical, cultural, and aesthetic heritage of the City of Erie as they are seen as essential to the promotion of the health, prosperity, and general welfare of the people.

Bylaws and Rules of Procedure

Nomination Form

Overview Document

Policies

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Meetings

1st Monday of every month, 1PM
City Hall, City Council Chambers

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas
Minutes

Members

Jean Craige Pepper
Member
David Brennan
Member
Melinda Meyer
Member
Mark Tannenbaum
Member
Jeff Zielonis
Member
Jason Wieczorek
Planning Commission
Chris Kinder
Preservation Planner

Other Resources

Erie County’s Historic Resources
Preservation Erie
Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office

General Information

Purpose:  to provide dwelling accommodations for persons of low income.

Number of Board Members: 5

Requirements:  Must be a resident of the City of Erie; No more than two persons holding any other paid public office shall be members of the same housing authority at the same time. No elected official shall be a member of a housing authority 

Term: 5 years

Appointed by:  The Mayor

Act of May. 28, 1937,P.L. 955, No. 265 Cl. 64 – “HOUSING AUTHORITIES LAW” (state.pa.us)

Website

Home (hace.org)

Purpose

Policies and Procedures
History

Ordinances

Defining Ordinances

Meetings

Fourth Monday of every month, 1:15PM
606 Holland Street

Members

Bishop Dwayne Brock
Chair
Term Expires: 2/6/2023
Patricia Mickel
Vice Chair
Term Expires: 2/6/2023
Ned Smith
Treasurer
Term Expires: 2/6/2023
Sean Dugan
Commissioner

Term Expires: 6/28/2026

James Martin
Commissioner

Term Expires: 4/18/2026

Michael Fraley
Executive Director and Secretary
Timothy Sennett, Esq.
Legal Counsel

General Information

Number of Board Members: 11 

Skill Set/Expertise: An 11-member nonvoting Human Relations Commission Advisory Board supports the Human Relations Commission with research, education, and public relations.

Requirements:  City Council’s appointments must be residents of the City of Erie, no City of Erie employees are eligible to serve

Term: 3 years

Appointed by:  Seven are appointed by County Council, and four are appointed by Erie City Council.

Commission Boards – Erie County, PA

Human Relations Commission – Erie County, PA

Website

Erie County Human Relations Commission

Ordinances

Ordinances
Bylaws
Membership Information

Meetings

Meetings

Members

Rev. Anthony Harris
Member
First Term Expires: 8/31/2020
Elisabeth Espinosa
Member
First Term Expires: 8/31/2022
Diego Andujar
Member
First Term Expires: 7/31/2022
Freda Tepfer
Member
First Term Expires: 9/30/2021

General Information

Number of Board Members: 5

Skills/Expertise: Realtor, Neighborhood revitalization, Finance, Redevelopment

Requirements: Must be a resident of the City of Erie

Term: 5 years

Appointed by:  The Mayor

Urban Redevelopment Law.pdf (fcadc.com)

Purpose

Erie Redevelopment Authority Homepage
Downtown Master Plan

Ordinances

Defining Ordinances

Meetings

Second Wednesday every other month 3:30-5:00PM
City Hall, Council Chambers

Members

TJ Sandell
Chairman

Term Ends: 09/25/2019

J.W. Alberstadt
Vice Chair

Term Ends: 08/13/2023

Erin Carey
Member

Term Ends: 03/17/2025

Gregory Dennis
Member

Term Ends: 03/01/2021

Vacant
Secretaty

General Information

Purpose:  to examine all applicants for license to perform the duties of engineers and water tenders having charge of steam boilers, steam-driven machinery, and/or ammonia refrigeration machinery, in the City and review all violations of this article. It shall be the further duty of the Board of License Examiners to advise the Coordinator on matters concerning enforcement of this article.

Number of Board Members: 7

Requirements:  Must have a First Class Engineer’s License or be similarly qualified by education and training

Skills/Qualifications:  Chief Stationary Engineer

Term: 2 years

Appointed by:  City Council

Ordinances

Defining Ordinances
Membership Requirements

Meetings

2nd Wednesday of every month, 3:30PM
City Hall, Room 500

Members

Dave Comstock
Member
Mike Brasington
Member
Jason Berneski
Member
Dennis Auer
Member
Tobie McKeen
Member
Bob Godfrey
Member
Paul Pawlak, Jr.
Member

General Information

Purpose: 

The purpose of the board is to:

  1. Review applications for licensing of contractors and tradesmen, recommending approval or denial of applications to the City of Erie’s Building Code Official.
  1. Review applications for temporary licensing & registration, hold hearings on appeals for the issuance of temporary licenses, and make recommendations to the City of Erie’s Building Code Official regarding temporary licenses. The Building Code Official may issue apprentice and journeyman licenses without board approval for temporary licenses only. These licenses will expire 90 days after issuance.
  2. Make recommendations to the City of Erie’s Building Code Official for the revocation or suspension of licenses.

Number of Board Members: 13

Requirements:  

Skills/Qualifications: 

Term: Staggered – Two (2) one-year terms, Five (5) two-year terms, Six (6) three-year terms.

Appointed by:  Mayor, with consultation by the Manager of Code Enforcement

Ordinances

Meetings

4th Wednesday of every month, 12PM
City Hall, City Council Chambers

Members

Clifton Collins
Member of the Public
Term Expires: 11/2/2023
Brent Sesler
General Contractor
Term Expires: 11/2/2023
Rick Reeves
Plumber Contractor
Term Expires: 11/2/2024
Doug Armstrong
Mechanical Contractor
Term Expires: 11/2/2024
Mike Hollarn
Low-voltage/Life safety Installer.
Term Expires: 11/2/2024
Albert Bretz
Sprinkler Contractor
Term Expires: 11/2/2024
Mike Zewe
Electrical Contractor
Term Expires: 11/2/2024
Hank Graygo
Architect/Professional Engineer
Term Expires: 11/2/2025
Justin Schaaf
General Contractor
Term Expires: 11/2/2025
T.J. Sandel
Plumber Contractor
Term Expires: 11/2/2025
Bill Panitzke
Mechanical Contractor
Term Expires: 11/2/2025
Jim Nuber
Electrical Contractor
Term Expires: 11/2/2025
Todd Deitrick
Sheet Metal Worker
Term Expires: 11/2/2025

General Information

Number of Board Members: 7

Skills/Expertise: Tree care, Gardening, Forestry, Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, Public Utilities, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Contracting, Arboriculture, Planning, Environment

Requirements: City residents

Term: 2 committee members will serve for 1 year, 2 members will serve for 2 years, and 3 will serve for 3 years.  Upon the expiration of each term, a successor shall be appointed by the Mayor for a term of 3 years.  All terms are renewable for 3 years, but members may serve no more than 3 consecutive terms

Appointed by:  The Mayor

Ordinances

Defining Ordinances
Membership Requirements

Meetings

4th Thursday of every month, 12PM
City Hall, City Council Chambers

Members

Stephanie Ciner
Member
3-Year Term ends 2024
Armando Reyes
Member
3-Year Term ends 2024
Mark Spitulski
Member
3-Year Term ends 2024
Jamie Keim
Member
2-Year Term ends 2023
Ginny Sivak
Member
2-Year Term ends 2023
John Vanco
Member
1-Year Term ends 2022
Patti Williams
Member
1-Year Term ends 2022
Scott Sjolander
PSU Extension Urban Forester
Steve Laskowski
Erie County Service Forester
Sarah Peelman
City Arborist
Chuck Zysk
Director of Public Works
David Forrest
Director of Planning
Joseph Schember
Mayor

General Information

Purpose: The Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) is a quasi-judicial body that hears and renders decisions regarding specific types of land use actions. The ZHB functions like a court, although formal court procedures are not necessarily required.

The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) provides a specific set of rules that must be followed by the ZHB (ZHB Procedures).
Board members must maintain impartiality in matters that may come before it for adjudication and decision.

Number of Board Members: 5 + 2 alternates

Skills/Expertise:  Land use/development – real estate, construction, planning, law. Ability to distinguish relevant facts and considerations from testimony when hearing appeals in order to make logical conclusions and decisions; technical-based intelligence; good judgment; and understanding of community development objectives as contained within the zoning ordinance or stated by reference to the Erie Refocused comprehensive plan.

Requirements:  Must be a resident of the City of Erie; may not hold an elective office or be appointed to the Planning Commission. 

Term: 5 years

Appointed by:  City Council

Powers and Duties:

The Zoning Hearing Board is authorized to conduct hearings and render decisions in specific areas of review including:

  • Applications for a variance (from a specific zoning ordinance requirement)
  • Applications for a use by special exception
  • Appeal from a Zoning Officer’s determination
  • Substantive challenges to the validity of any land use ordinance

Ordinances

City of Erie Zoning Ordinance – March 2021 Edition
Membership Guidelines

Meetings

2nd Tuesday of every month, 1PM
City Hall, City Council Chambers

Please contact the zoning office for information regarding application submittal to the ZHB.

Contact Information

Email: zoning@erie.pa.us
Phone Number: (814) 870-1265 or (814) 870-1273

Application/Submittal Requirements

In order to be placed on the ZHB agenda, an application must be completed and submitted to the Zoning office along with required attachments and [$300.00] application fee. Applications are due three weeks prior to the meeting date. Payment must be received by the due date in order to be placed on the agenda.

Application Form (PDF)
Procedures (PDF)

Agendas & Minutes

Zoning Hearing Board Agendas
Zoning Hearing Board Minutes

Members

Selena King
Chair
Second Term Ends: 12/31/2022
Edward Dawson
Member
Second Term Ends: 12/31/2023
Laura Guncheon
Member
First Term Ends: 12/31/2024
Jeffrey Johnson
Member
Second Term Ends: 12/31/2026
P.J. Monella
Member
First Term Ends: 12/31/2025
Legacy Authorities, Boards, and Commissions

General Information

Purpose:  To work within a 24-month time frame to study, analyze, and develop a historic preservation plan for the City of Erie that will include community-supported goals for preservation and identify policy recommendations and funding opportunities that will be presented to the Planning Commission for review and recommendation to City Council and the Mayor.

Appointed by:  The Mayor and City Council

Term:Temporary 2-year term from March 20, 2019 to March 20, 2021, at which time the Task Force will cease to exist and a Historic Review Commission will be created.

Website

Historic Preservation Task Force

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