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The Advisory Board and Commission Manual contains useful information about what is involved in being a member of any of these commissions as well as other information pertaining to roles, appointed officials guidelines, staff liaison guidelines and procedures/tips for new commissioners.

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Administrative Adjudication Hearings

Administrative Adjudication is a proceeding in front of a hearing officer who listens to evidence presented by the City of St. Charles and by the accused who then makes a determination of liability or non-liability.  Such hearings can be utilized for non-criminal offenses that are punishable only by fine. The hearing officer is an attorney licensed by the State of Illinois.  Illinois statutes allow for an appeal of the hearing officer’s determination in the circuit court.

Such hearings allow the accused to present their case in a less formal atmosphere where the strict rules of evidence in the circuit court do not necessarily apply.  The hearings are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, making these hearings much more accessible than the circuit court.  These hearings are designed for a fair and efficient disposition of an alleged ordinance violation.

Board of Fire and Police Commissioners

The Board of Fire and Police Commission (BFPC) of the City of St. Charles derives its authority from the Illinois Municipal Code, Illinois Compiled Statutes, and from City of St. Charles Municipal Code. Their responsibilities include the following:

  • To recruit, select, and appoint qualified candidates to fill vacancies for original appointment of Police Officer or Firefighter/Paramedic.
  • To determine testing and selection processes that allow qualified employees to participate in the promotional process for the position of Police Sergeant in the Police Department or Fire Lieutenant, Fire Captain, and Battalion Chief in the Fire Department.
  • To conduct disciplinary hearings or appeals of disciplinary action in the Police and Fire Departments for sworn personnel.

 

Building Board of Review

The purpose of the Board shall be to facilitate the interpretation and administration of City ordinances governing electric, plumbing, building, fire/life safety and similar regulations of the City ("Building Regulations") and otherwise provide technical guidance to the City Council on matters relating to the same.

City Council

 

Information About Elected Officials

St. Charles has an Aldermanic-City form of government, which consists of 10 Aldermen, a Mayor and a City Administrator. The Aldermen and Mayor are elected officials who serve four-year terms on the City Council. The City of St. Charles is divided into five wards. Two Aldermen from each ward are elected to represent their ward on the City Council and serve staggered terms. The City Clerk and City Treasurer are elected at large.

The City Council is responsible for establishing policy, passing ordinances, adopting the budget, and appointing the City Administrator and department directors. Other offices and vacancies are filled by appointment by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the City Council.

Members of the City Council receive compensation for their service but do not have offices or regular office hours at City Hall. Their contact information is listed below. Mail should be directed to their attention at the City, 2 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174.

The City of St. Charles is a home rule municipality.

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Ward Maps

Click on the Ward to download the map for that Ward, or view a map of all wards.

City Council Workshop

Working meetings of the City Council, separate from Council meetings, typically focused on one project or topic. 

Electoral Board

The Electoral Board consists of the Mayor, City Clerk, Senior Council Member and meet upon call of the Mayor. The purpose of this board is to hold meetings when objection of nominating petitions are filed by a candidate and to pass judgment of resolution of such issue.

Firemen's Pension Fund

The Firemen’s Pension Fund Board administers the Firemen’s Pension Fund.

Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Board

The Foreign Fire Insurance Tax Board manages and authorizes the disbursement of all foreign fire insurance company tax funds received by the City, for the maintenance, use, and benefit of the fire department. More information can be found in City Code Title 2, Chapter 30.

Government Operations Committee

The Government Operations Committee is a committee of the whole, meaning that all members of the City Council sit on this committee. As outlined in Title 2, Chapter 4 of the St. Charles Municipal Code, they discuss the following topics at meetings: municipal code, all legal suits or questions, liquor licenses, personnel manual, labor negotiations, safety manual/programs for employees, all financial matters, budgets, IRB’s, bonding, insurance matters, inventory control and purchasing.

Government Services Committee

The Government Services Committee is a committee of the whole, meaning that all members of the City Council sit on this committee. As described in Title 2, Chapter 4 of the St. Charles Municipal Code, they discuss the following topics at the meetings: police, fire, emergency services, traffic studies, youth safety, requests for community festivals, mosquito abatement, permits for fairs/carnivals, circuses, hot air balloon/seaplane landing permits, the sewer and water utility, the electric utility, all municipal property and buildings, all infrastructure within city jurisdiction (inclusive of curbs and gutters, streets, sidewalks, sewers, water lines, parking lots, etc.) all stormwater management (special service areas or otherwise), transportation matters and all public property sales.

Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission reviews façade improvements and building permits for exterior work within the historic district and consults on projects for historic buildings.

Housing Commission

The purpose of the St. Charles Housing Commission includes, but is not limited to, preserving the existing affordable housing stock, promoting public awareness of the need for affordable housing, encouraging and guiding market forces to build new homes that meet the St. Charles Housing Endorsement Criteria, and maintaining/increasing the availability of attainable/affordable housing for all members of the community by working with the private sector and major employers in the community.

Joint Review Board

Joint Review Boards are established when a TIF district is established. The Joint Review Board (JRB) is made up of one representative from each taxing authority affected by a TIF (i.e. school district, park district, etc.)  The JRB also includes at least one member of the general public. The JRB meets annually to review activities within the TIF districts.

Liquor Control Commission

The Liquor Commission advises on liquor issues.

Mental Health Board

The Community 708 Mental Health Board reviews requests for funding and makes recommendations to distribute funds collected from the Mental Health tax.

Natural Resources Commission

The mission of the Natural Resources Commission is to work through a committed partnership with the community to conserve, preserve, protect and enhance the City's natural resources, and to raise awareness and make recommendations concerning environmental issues within the City of St. Charles.

Plan Commission

The Plan Commission reviews and holds public hearings for rezoning, special use and new developments.

Plan Commission meetings are held on the Tuesday after each City Council meeting, 7 p.m., in the City Council Chambers.  Agendas are available the Friday prior each meeting.

The Plan Commission is made up of volunteers from the community and acts in advisory capacity to the City Council.  The meetings are open to the public.  Those who wish to address the Plan Commission are not required to contact the City or fill out a form prior to the meeting.

Please contact the Community Development Department at (630) 377-4443 with questions about Plan Commission meetings.

Planning & Development Committee

The Planning & Development Committee is a committee of the whole, meaning that all members of the City Council sit on this committee. As described in Title 2, Chapter 4 of the St. Charles Municipal Code, they discuss the following topics at meetings: planning and development matters, zoning/annexation/boundary lines, building code enforcement, zoning map, comprehensive plan, land/cash ordinance, economic development and downtown redevelopment.

Police Pension Board

The Police Pension Fund Board administers the Police Pension Fund.

Redistricting Task Force

A Redistricting Task Force, composed of City Council members, may meet at the call of the City Council to review and/or redistrict ward boundaries.

Tri-City Ambulance Board of Directors

The Tri-City Ambulance Board of Directors meets the 2nd Fridays of March, June, September, and December at 8:30 AM.

Questions regarding the Tri-City Ambulance Service may be directed to the TCA Administrator, 630-762-7036.

Tri-Com Board

The Tri-Com Board is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Tri-Com Central Dispatch Center, which answers 911 calls for police, fire, and ambulance in St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia, and fire and ambulance in Elburn.

The Board, through an intergovernmental agreement, is made up of elected officials and appointed fire chiefs and police chiefs of Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles. Please contact Tri Com Central Dispatch at tri-com911.org or 630-232-4739 with any questions or to view agendas of upcoming meetings.

Visitors Cultural Commission

The Visitors Cultural Commission reviews requests for funding and makes recommendations for the distribution of funds collected from the Hotel/Motel Tax.

Youth Commission

The Youth Commission directs services and awards funding to support the welfare of the City’s youth. Groups that support children in St. Charles from schools and churches to scouts and other organizations are directed to consider how they can make a difference that will impact today’s youth. 

Find out more about the St. Charles Youth Commission here.

Submit a Request for Youth Project Funding

Submit an Application for Student Consultant

Submit an Application for Youth Impact Award (Coming Soon)

Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals makes decisions on variations to the zoning ordinance setbacks, decides on fence heights, reviews appeals and holds hearings on appeals to zoning decisions.

updated Mar 23, 2018