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What is an Advisory Board/Committee?
An advisory board or committee is created by ordinance, resolution, Florida statute, or motion approved by the City Commission. Board members provide advice and recommendations to the City Commission on diverse matters of public concern. Advisory board members are appointed by the City Commission and serve at their pleasure. The City Commission also appoints citizens to quasi-judicial boards such as the City’s Planning and Zoning Board. A quasi-judicial board performs functions in a manner similar to courts.
Requirements for Board/Committee Members
- Have expertise necessary to accomplish the board’s objectives.
- Have a reputation for integrity and community service.
- Have an interest or experience in the board’s area of service.
- Have a current application on file with the City Clerk’s Office.
- Be a resident of the City or have a business in the City, depending on the board.
Some board members are required by law to file annual financial disclosure forms (Section 112.3145, Florida Statutes). If appointed to one of these boards, you must file a Form 1 Statement of Financial Interest with the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections within 30 days of your appointment. When you resign or no longer serve on a board, a final financial disclosure statement (Form 1F) must be filed within 60 days of leaving. Staff in the City Clerk’s Office can help you obtain these forms, or you can obtain them from the Florida Commission on Ethics website, www.ethics.state.fl.us. Boards which require financial disclosure are: Board of Trustees Employees’ Retirement System, Board of Trustees Firefighters’ Pension Trust Fund, Board of Trustees Firefighters’ Pension Trust Fund, Division 2, Board of Trustees Police Retirement System, Community Redevelopment Agency, Planning & Zoning Board and Historic Resources Preservation Board.
Code of Ethics
All board members are required to comply with the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics, Palm Beach County Code, Chapter 2, Article V, Division 8, sections 2-254 through 2-260. As a board member, you are required to receive training on Palm Beach County Code of Ethics, within 30 days of appointment, and acknowledge that you have read and understand the Palm Beach County Code of Ethics Ordinance. http://www.palmbeachcountyethics.com/training.htm.
Active Advisory Boards/Committees and their Functions:
Bd. of Trustees-Employees’ Retirement Board
The Board members shall administer, manage and be responsible for the proper operation of the Employees’ Retirement System. Members serve three-year terms.
Bd. of Trustees-Police Retirement Board
The Board members shall administer, manage and be responsible for the proper operation of the Police Retirement System. Members serve two-year terms.
Bd. of Trustees-Firefighters’ Pension Board, Division 1
The Board members shall administer the Relief and Pension Fund and decide all claims to relief. Members serve two-year terms.
Bd. of Trustees-Firefighters’ Pension Board, Division 2
The Board members shall implement the provisions of Florida State Statutes, Chapter 175. The members serve three-year terms.
City Recreation Advisory Board
The Board members assist in promoting community awareness and involvement in recreation programs assist the City in planning for future facility and program needs. The members shall consult with and advise the City Manager and City Commission in matters affecting recreation policies, program, finances and future land or facility capital projects related to the total community recreation program and to its long-range plans. The members serve three-year terms.
City Tree Board
The Board members establish policy and provide standards within the City landscape ordinance for tree preservation and protection, both public and private. The policy would include providing educational materials on proper planting, pruning techniques and insect and disease control; planting native species; inventory existing trees; permit guidelines, including rules for tree removal. The members should recommend the planting of trees, which would provide a continuing shade canopy into the future. The members serve three-year terms.
Citizens Advisory Committee – Bond Referendum
The purpose of this Committee is to review all expenditures from the bond proceeds for improving local roadways and eliminating potholes in the City.
C-51 Canal Advisory Committee
The purpose of this Committee is to review and monitor the results of the State’s engineering and feasibility or any other subsequent studies related to the C-51 Canal.
Community Redevelopment Agency
The Agency members are responsible for formulating and implementing projects that are consistent with the Lake Worth Redevelopment Plan to assist in revitalizing and redeveloping portions of the City of Lake Worth. The members serve four-year terms.
Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals
The Board members shall have the power to hear appeals of decisions and interpretations of the Building Official and consider variances to the technical codes per the Florida Building Code. The members serve four-year terms.
Electric Utility Advisory Board
The Board members serve to advise the City Commission, on behalf of and for the benefit of the citizens, on electric utilities policies, plan and programs; and on the establishment of fair and equitable policies, plans and programs that are consistent with customer needs, legal mandates, public policy, operational requirements and the long-term financial stability and viability of the electric utilities. The members serve one, two, and three-year terms.
Finance Advisory Board
The Board members serve to promote transparency in the City’s budget process and allow for additional citizen input on major financial decisions. The members shall consult with and advise the City Manager and City Commission in matters affecting the annual operating budget, capital improvement program and all financial policies. The members serve three-year terms.
Historic Resources Preservation Board
The Board members shall consider historic preservation issues. The members serve three-year terms.
The Board members are responsible for recommending expenditures from the Library Trust Fund and the Simpkin Trust Fund, advise the Library Director on issues of policy and service and participate in the long-range planning process. The members serve five-year terms.
Planning & Zoning Board
The Board members review and approve site plans for three-units or more of residential development and all commercial development. The members also review community appearance and have the ability to grant variances from the Lake Worth Zoning Code. The members also serve as the Board of Sign Appeals and Nuisance Abatement Board. The members serve three-year terms.