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Board members should have an interest or experience in the area of service desired and the necessary expertise to accomplish the goals and objectives of that Board. Many of the Boards require financial disclosure and if selected, the appointee would be required by Section 112.3145, Florida Statutes, to file a Form 1, Statement of Financial Interests, with the Supervisor of Elections within thirty days of appointment.

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The City of Leesburg has several boards and commissions, including:

Library Board
The Library Board consists of five (5) directors to be chosen from persons who reside within the utility service area of the city and serve terms of 5 years. The City Commission appoints members from a pool of qualified applicants. This Board governs the operation of the public library within the budget and guidelines of the city administration. The Board meets quarterly in January, April, July and October, and may call special meetings as necessary.

Historic Preservation
This board is responsible for developing a database of all of the historic structures, areas and archeological sites, and identifies potential landmarks within the City of Leesburg. This board is composed of nine (9) members appointed by the City Commission from a pool of qualified applicants. In cooperation with the Department of Community Development, they establish rehabilitation and redevelopment standards within the historic district, to advise and assist property owners with historic designation and review capital improvements within the historic area of $25,000 or more.

Planning Commission
The Planning Commission is made up of seven (7) members appointed from a pool of candidates by the City Commission to 3 year terms, to make decisions on planning matters or make recommendations to the City Commission. The duties of the Planning Commission can be found in the City Code of Ordinances. The Planning Commission operates according to the bylaws and the ordinances of the City of Leesburg. The bylaws are available from the Community Development Department. Definitions listed in the bylaws are very helpful and should be reviewed before reading the other provisions. The bylaws contain the principle rules of quasi-judicial proceedings of the Planning Commission. The Commission is responsible for studying the needs, resources and possibilities of the city, planning for growth and development, and recommending appropriate action to the City Commission of all proposals. Their responsibilities may include: reviewing plans for developments; reviewing and amending zoning regulations; and ensuring the best use of resources within the City of Leesburg.

Citizen Advisory Task Force
The Citizen Advisory Task Force was established to provide input relative to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Residents of the proposed project area are included in the task force, and members are appointed by the City Commission. The task force meets at its discretion and offers recommendations as it deems appropriate.

Greater Leesburg Community Redevelopment Agency
The GLCRA is a seven (7) member board consisting of the five (5) sitting members of the City Commission and two (2) citizen members appointed by the City Commission for four (4) year terms. Members of the Agency must reside within the corporate limits of the City of Leesburg. The area of responsibility for this Agency includes the historic business district along Main Street, and the area East of Canal Street know as the Pine Street Area.

Carver Heights and Vicinity Community Redevelopment Agency
This Agency is comprised of seven (7) board members comprised of the five (5) sitting city commissioners and two (2) citizen members appointed by the City Commission to four (4) year terms. Members of the Agency must reside within the corporate limits of the City of Leesburg. The area of responsibility for this Agency includes the Carver Heights and Montclair subdivisions, Carver Middle School, and Griffin Road, and extending North to the city limits.

Leesburg International Airport Advisory Board
The Airport Advisory Board is comprised of five (5) members appointed by the City Commission for a period not longer than the term of office of the appointing commissioner. The Board advises the City Manager and reports to the City Commission on all matters affecting the airport. These issues may include: safety, security, emergency planning, airspace, runway protection zone encroachments, capital improvements projects, and hangar construction. This Board meets as required in the Airport Administration Building.

Leesburg Recreation Advisory Board
The Recreation Advisory Board is comprised of five (5) members appointed by the City Commission for a period not longer than the term of office of the appointing commissioner. This body is responsible for advising the City Manager and reporting to the City Commission on the operation and management of the City’s parks and recreation programs, for efficient operation of the programs and facilities. Activities may include: planning, programs, capital improvements, facilities maintenance, and other planning and coordination efforts that will assist the department to operate smoothly and efficiently, within budgetary limitations.

Personnel Committee
The Personnel Committee is composed of two (2) members of the City Commission, the City Manager, Human Resource Director and the City Clerk. This Committee advises the Commission about matters pertaining to City of Leesburg Employees.

General Employees Retirement Board of Trustees
This is a seven (7) member Board which oversees the various affairs of the General Employees Pension Plan. This Board meets quarterly. Members are appointed or elected to three (3) year terms, depending on the type of member. Two (2) members are elected by the participants, one (1) member is appointed by the City Commission, one (1) member is a deputized police officer, one (1) member is the Human Resources Director, (1) one member is the City Manager or designee, and one (1) member is a department head appointed by the City Manager.

Fire Department Pension Board of Trustees
This is a five (5) member Board which oversees the various affairs of the Leesburg Fire Department Pension Plan. This Board meets quarterly. Members are appointed or elected to two (2) year terms, depending on the type of member. Two (2) members are selected by the fire fighters and two (2) members are appointed by the City Commission, based on the applicant’s fiscal knowledge and background. One member is appointed by the City Commission based on a majority recommendation of the other four (4) trustees.

Police Department Pension Board of Trustees
This is a five (5) member board which oversees the various affairs of the Leesburg Police Department Pension Plan. This board meets quarterly. Members are appointed or elected to two (2) year terms, depending on the type of member. Two (2) members are selected by the police officers and two (2) members are appointed by the City Commission, based on the applicant’s fiscal knowledge and background. One member is appointed by the City Commission based on a majority recommendation of the other four (4) trustees.

U.S. Highway 441/27 Community Redevelopment Agency
The U.S. Highway 441/27 CRA is a five member board composed of the City Commission. Members of the Agency must reside within the corporate limits of the City of Leesburg. The area of responsibility for this Agency includes the corridors of U.S. Highway 441 and U.S. Highway 27 beginning at the city limits on the north end of Leesburg to the south end of the city limits along U.S. 27 and to the east end of the city limits along U.S. 441.
Last updated: 5/20/2014 9:51:53 AM