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Boards, Commissions and Committees

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Bryan City government offers a number of ways for its citizens to become actively involved in government business. In addition to the opportunity citizens have to express their thoughts at city council meetings and public hearings, Bryan citizens also may apply to serve on one of many boards, commissions and committees.

The majority of appointments are made in October for terms beginning the following January, unless otherwise noted. The application process begin in July.

All applications will be held for one year in the event of any vacancies. Unless otherwise noted, the only requirement for applying is to be a citizen of Bryan.

All members are required to attend at least two-thirds of meetings within six months, unless there is only one meeting during the six-month interval.

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Duties

Hears appeals on the interpretation of the International Building Codes and National Electrical Code by the City’s Chief Building Official and/or Fire Marshal. The board also reviews proposed adoptions and amendments of the Building, Electrical, and Fire Codes before consideration for adoption by City Council. The board meets on an as needed basis. The board’s decisions are final.

Membership Requirements

This board requires one of the following in each position for a three-year term:

  • An architect
  • An engineer
  • A member of the building construction trade
  • A member of the plumbing trade
  • A member of the mechanical trade
  • A master electrician
  • A journeyman electrician (only serves a two-year term)

Duties

Appointed to assist in complying with the requirements of the State of Texas Health and Safety Code, Title 10 (Health and Safety of Animals), Chapter 823 (Animal Shelters). The committee is required to meet at least three times per year.

Membership Requirements

This board requires one of the following in each position for a two-year term:

  • A licensed veterinarian
  • A county/municipal official
  • A person whose duties include the daily operation of an animal shelter
  • A representative from an animal welfare organization
  • 3 members from the community at large

There are also two ex-officio members: One Bryan City Council Member, and the Bryan ISD Superintendent.


Duties

Oversees and actively participates in the council’s business of retail and hotel recruitment. The board meets on a monthly basis.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of eleven members who serve for a three-year term. Members must:

  • Be Bryan residents
  • Have extensive knowledge of the community.
  • A business background and basic understanding of economic development principals is preferred.

Duties

Advises the City Council on all matters pertaining to the aesthetics and operations of the municipal cemeteries. The board meets on a monthly basis.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of seven members who serve for a two-year term. Members must:

  • Five of the members must be Bryan residents
  • Two of the members must be property owners of either the Bryan or Oakwood Cemeteries.
  • In some instances, these two qualifications may overlap.

Duties

Sets policy for, manages, operates and controls the city’s electrical utility. The board meets on a monthly basis.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of seven members who serve for a three-year term. Members must:

  • A residential customer of the city
  • A commercial customer of the city (or an employee of that commercial customer)
  • Two persons with experience in marketing, finance, law or engineering
  • Three persons with experience in electric generation, transmission or distribution.

Duties

A joint board with the City of College Station. Serves to promote library services and to represent the public interest in library services. Acts as an advisory board to the City Council. The board meets every other month, unless more meetings are needed.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of eight members, four from each city, who serve for a two-year term.


Duties

Hears and determines cases concerning alleged violations of city ordinances, as authorized by Chapter 54, Subchapter C, Texas Local Government Code. Meetings are typically held monthly.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of five regular members and two alternate members who serve for a two-year term. Members should have some knowledge of the engineering and building construction trade.


Duties

Monitors the integrity of the city’s financial records reporting process, the systems of internal controls regarding finance, accounting and legal compliance, the independence and performance of the city’s independent auditors, and the internal audit process.

The committee also provides a whistleblower mechanism, conducts special investigations, and an avenue of communication among the independent auditors, management, the internal auditing department and the City Council.

Meets at least four times a year, or more frequently as necessary.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of three Councilmembers and two citizens who serve for a two-year term. Members must:

  • A citizen of Bryan.
  • Have a basic understanding of finance and accounting
  • Be able to read and understand fundamental financial statements
  • If possible, one member will have accounting or related financial management expertise.

Duties

Organized to promote the common good and general welfare of the local governments, including without limitations, economic development. Meetings are typically held monthly.

Membership Requirements

This board requires one of the following in each position for a two-year term:

  • Mayor of Bryan
  • 3 appointees by the City of Bryan
  • Brazos County Judge
  • 3 appointees by the Brazos County Commissioner’s Court
  • A representative of the Twin Cities Endowment, Inc. Board

Duties

Sets policy for Police and Fire Department personnel in compliance with the Fire and Police Civil Service Act (Chapter 143 of the Texas Local Government Code). Meetings are typically held annually, unless circumstances dictate more frequency.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of three members who serve for a three-year term. Members must:

  • Be citizens of the United States
  • A resident of Bryan for longer than 3 years
  • Over the age of 25
  • Have not held public office within the previous three years

Duties

Acts as an advisory panel to the Bryan Housing Authority, to ensure that safe and sanitary dwellings and surrounding are available to low income groups. The commission typically meets monthly.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of one tenant commissioner and four regular commissioners who serve for a two-year term. Members must be Bryan residents.


Duties

Serves as an advisory body to the City Council on the use and distribution of Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, which are available to the City of a yearly basis. The committee also develops a community development plan to use in setting priorities for funding requests and holds public hearings as needed. Meetings are typically held monthly, unless circumstances dictate more frequency.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of seven members who serve for a two-year term. Members may have:

  • Experience in working with programs for low-income people
  • A background in real estate, building construction, education or economic development

Duties

Holds public hearings, hears appeals, authorizes variances, and takes other actions concerning building design matters as authorized by city ordinance. Makes recommendations to and advise the city council on matters involving building design standards and building design guidelines. Meetings are as needed.

Membership Requirements

This board requires one of the following in each position for a three-year term:

  • Two registered architects
  • Two Planning and Zoning Commission Members
  • One or two contractors, builders or developers
  • These requirements can overlap as needed

Duties

Hears and determines cases involving the construction, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, rehabilitation, relocation, demolition, or any change visible from a public right-of-way of any historic property within a Historic Preservation Overlay District, recommends historic landmark designations for certain buildings, structures, sites, districts, areas or lands in the city to the Planning and Zoning Commission and city council. Meetings are monthly.

Membership Requirements

This board requires one of the following in each position for a three-year term:

  • A member of a local historic commission or historic preservation group
  • Registered architect residing within Brazos County
  • A resident or property owner in the east side historic district
  • A resident or property owner in the downtown historic district
  • 3 members from the city at-large
  • All members should have knowledge and experience in the architectural, cultural, social, economic, ethnic or political history of the city.

Duties

This is a joint committee with College Station that includes reviewing and ranking of Community Development Block Grant public service applications. Recommendations, included in the annual Consolidated Action Plan, are sent to the City Council for final approval. Meetings are weekly from April-June.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of six members, three from each city, who serve for a three-year term.


Duties

Serves in an advisory capacity concerning park planning, development and maintenance, recreation programming, golf course maintenance, and matters of policy pertaining to the delivery of leisure services to the residents of Bryan. Meetings are monthly.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of nine members who serve for a two-year term. Members should have experience or be trained in one or more of the following:

  • Park planning and design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Facility construction
  • Facility maintenance
  • Beautification projects
  • Organization and implementation of recreational activities

Duties

Holds public hearings and decides or makes recommendations to the city council concerning planning and zoning matters including rezonings, conditional use permits, master plans, development-related ordinance revisions or variances and exceptions, subdivision plats, street and alley abandonments, easement releases, annexations, and comprehensive plan amendments. Meetings are monthly or as needed.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of nine members who serve for a three-year term. Members should have knowledge in one or more of the following:

  • Municipal planning
  • Real estate development
  • Management
  • Political processes
  • Building development
  • Economic development

Duties

Responsible for promoting and facilitating activities that enhance the economic base throughout the region without regard to municipal boundary, with daily operation emphasis on the recruitment of new non-retail business. Improved employment opportunities throughout the County which either directly or indirectly benefit the low and moderate sectors of the workforce is a primary objective. Meetings are monthly.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of fourteen members. The City of Bryan contributes three members and one must be an elected official. Terms are three years.


Duties

Responsible for serving in an advisory capacity concerning activities, events, or programs for senior citizens, as well as issues or concerns specifically impacting. Meetings are monthly.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of at least six, but no more than twenty-two members who serve for a two-year term. Members must be 55 years or older and reside in City limits.


Duties

Hears and determines appeals regarding the alleged error on any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance. Hears and determines cases involving requests for reconstruction, extension, or enlargement of a building occupied by a nonconforming use or building, on the lot or tract occupied by such a building. Hears and determines requests for variance from the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. Hears and determines requests for variances from the Sign Ordinance. Serves as the City’s Oil and Gas Board of Appeal and hears and determines appeals where it is alleged there is an error or abuse of discretion regarding the issuance of an oil or gas well permit. Meetings are monthly or as needed.

Membership Requirements

This board is composed of five regular and two alternate members who serve for a two-year term.

In addition to the City of Bryan citizen boards, commissions and committees, the Bryan City Council also appoints a number of individuals to serve on a variety of community and regional bodies. Persons appointed to these positions serve as official representatives of the City to the groups. As with the City of Bryan boards, commissions and committees, the restrictions, qualifications, and length of term varies greatly across the groups. The following is a list of the community and regional groups that the city council appoints representatives to:

  • 9-1-1 Board of Managers (Police Chief)
  • BioCorridor Board
  • Brazos Central Appraisal District Board of Directors
  • Brazos County Public Health Board
  • Brazos Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Board (Councilmember)
  • Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG) – (Mayor)
  • Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District
  • Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency (BVSWMA), Inc.
  • Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial, Inc.
  • Brazos Valley Wide Area Communications System Board (Mayor, Councilmember or City Staff)
  • Bryan Business Council (Non voting Council liaison)  (Councilmember)
  • Bryan City Council/TAMU Student Senate Liaison (Councilmember)
  • Bryan/College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization Board (Mayor or Designee)
  • Bryan/College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Advisory Committee (City Staff)
  • Bryan Texas Utilities Board (ex-officio, non voting, Mayor or Designee)
  • City of Bryan Audit Committee (Councilmembers/BTU Board members)
  • City of Bryan/Brazos County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.
  • City of Bryan/Bryan ISD Committee (Councilmembers)
  • City of Bryan Investment Committee
  • Community Emergency Operations Center Policy Board (Councilmember)
  • Easterwood Airport Advisory Board (Mayor or Designee)
  • Intergovernmental Committee (Councilmembers)
  • Sister Cities Board (Councilmember)
  • Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #10 Board
  • Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #19 Board
  • Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #21 Board
  • Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #22 Board
  • The Research Valley Partnership Board of Directors
  • The Research Valley Partnership – Technology Committee (Councilmembers)
  • Texas Municipal Power Agency (appointed by BTU Board)
  • Texas Workforce Commission (Councilmembers)
  • Twin Cities Endowment, Inc.

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