Articles Archive for January 2010
The Downtown Economic Growth and Stability Commission was created by Mayor Huttle to explore innovative and forward thinking ways to revive and grow Englewood’s downtown, which had been hard hit by the continuing recession. The Englewood Downtown represents the single greatest economic engine in the City and is part and parcel of the uniqueness and diversity that is Englewood today. The Commission, composed of a broad cross section of business owners and other stakeholders will report to the Mayor with a study and recommendations to first stabilize the downward trend of in the central business district and then innovate ways of promoting its growth, long term health and viability.
Parts of Englewood are truly natural and environmental treasures and when one thinks about the Environment in Englewood things like Flat Rock Brook Nature Center or MacKay Park spring into mind, but the Environmental Commission serves a much greater purpose. According to its own ambitious mission statement, its purpose is to support and protect the natural resources of the city. Accordingly, it advises the City Council, Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, Department of Public Works and other city agencies on environmental issues that impact Englewood. It assists in the analysis, development, and implementation of sustainability programs and projects, it promotes environmental education, informs citizens on environmental issues and how they can be addressed, and coordinates community involvement in these efforts. The commission works directly with the Mayor to further this mission and achieve its goals. Seven members and two alternates are appointed by the Mayor. Their terms of office are three years.
It is not too difficult to guess the mission and the responsibilities of the Library Board but this organization has the responsibility of maintaining the operation and programming of the City’s library. Five citizens, the Mayor (or alternate) and Superintendent of Schools (or alternate) are appointed by the Mayor. Terms of office are three years.
The Planning Board, along with the Board of Adjustment, the Library Board, the Environmental Commission, and others represent the permanent boards and commissions that operate as part of the Englewood City Government. They directly oversee the department or subject matter to which they are designated and their importance to the daily lives of our citizens cannot be overstated. The planning board makes critical decisions related to physical building and construction what could be called the “look and feel” of Englewood. Specifically, the Board advises the Council as to the adoption of a municipal master plan, approves plans for specific sites, such as opening a retail store or office building and has the powers to grant one time changes in restrictions to accomplish building and development goals. The Planning Board consists of one non-elected municipal officer, one council member, six citizens, the Mayor and two alternates are appointed. The Council appoints its member to the Board and the Mayor appoints all other members. Terms of office are one to four years depending on the member’s position.