Boards and Commissions Summary

Boards Governed by Charter, Ordinance or Resolution Governed Boards and Committees: 

Audit Finance Board

The Audit Finance Board was created by Ordinance No. 02-051 on September 9, 2002. This Board advises the City Council concerning audits of the City and any auditing matters as may be referred to it by the Chief Financial Officer of the City and/or City Council. The Board is composed of three (3) members of the City Council, a citizen appointee with financial and/or audit experience as well as the City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, ex officio, as non-voting members. Councilmen of the City serving on this board shall be appointed by the Mayor; the Mayor may appoint him or herself as one of the Councilman appointees. The citizen member of this Board shall be appointed by the City Council.

Member 

Expiration Date

Mayor Andrew S. Friedberg

01-31-2018

Council Member Michael Fife

01-31-2018

Council Member David R. Montague

01-31-2018

City Manager Paul A. Hofmann

01-31-2018

Chief Financial Officer Terrence Beaman

01-31-2018

Jason Taibel - CPA Resident                                

01-31-2018


Cultural Arts Board (“Arts”)
 

On April 19, 2004, the Bellaire City Council approved the formation of a new City committee to be named the Bellaire Arts Commission with an effective date beginning on July 1, 2004. Previous Council action funded that committee’s civic art activities with $150,000. The charge of the Cultural Arts Board, comprised of seven individuals to be appointed by City Council, is to determine the means and manner of the future path for investing in public art, similar in nature to other cities’ Art in Public Places programs across the nation, but unique to the requirements of the City of Bellaire.  The Chair and Vice Chair are selected by members of the Arts Board.  They meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Conference Room, First Floor of City Hall, 7008 South Rice Avenue.  Staff Liaison – Diane White, City Council Liaison – Michael Fife. 

 Member

Expiration Date 

Sneha Bhavsar

06-30-2018

Terry Leavitt-Chavez

06-30-2018

Shampa Mukerji

06-30-2019

Jeanne Parker

06-30-2019

Jacquelyn Quick

06-30-2018

Diane Roberts

06-30-2018

Andrew Williamson

06-30-2019


L.I.F.E. Advisory Board
 

The L.I.F.E. Advisory Board provides input from the community to the Senior Adult Services Department about services and programs to benefit senior adults.  Seven members are appointed to serve a two-year term, maximum three consecutive terms.  Terms are staggered and begin on July 1st.  Meetings are held monthly and when called by the Department Director in the Activity Room at the Bellaire United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Boulevard.  This Board meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 12:00 noon.  City Council Liaison – Mayor Andrew S. Friedberg.  To Contact this Board, please email Staff Liaisons – Victoria Arevalo at varevalo@bellairetx.gov or Cheryl Bright at cbright@bellairetx.gov 

Member 

Expiration Date 

Connie Eicher 

06-30-2019

Roberta Murray

06-30-2019

Kevin Newman

06-30-2018

Patricia Parrack

06-30-2019 

Carmen Ulabarro

06-30-2018

Pat Westwood

06-30-2018

Vacancy

06-30-2019


Evelyn's Park Conservancy 

Evelyn's Park Conservancy is a Texas nonprofit 501(c) 3 corporation located at 4400 Bellaire Boulevard formally known as Teas Nursery. It was organized exclusively to enhance the health, safety and educational well-being of the citizens of Bellaire, Texas. The Conservancy desires the property to be developed as a high quality urban park and/or open space, with related facilities and amenities, for the use and enjoyment of residents of the City and visitors to the City. The property is highly visible, and therefore desires it be developed, operated and maintained at high standards in order to reflect positively on the City as a whole. You may visit
 the following link to learn more  on meeting dates and times. http://evelynspark.org/

Member

Expiration Date

Patrica King-Ritter 

06-30-2018

Terry Leavitt-Chavez

06-30-2019

Brad Sondock

06-30-2019 

Lou Waters, Jr.

06-30-2018



State Law Governed Boards and Commissions:

Board of Adjustment (“BOA”) 


Board of Adjustment ("BOA") is responsible for considering applications for variances or special exceptions to the Zoning Code (Chapter 24 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Bellaire, Texas).    Landowners or their agents apply to the Building Official of the Department of Community Development. Formal dockets, which must be legally advertised, are scheduled for the BOA.  Meetings are held to hear testimony on the applications.    The BOA determines the outcome of all applications, which may only be appealed to a Harris County District Court.  The BOA consists of seven members (previously five regular and three alternate members) who serve staggered two-year terms, maximum three consecutive terms.  The BOA selects its own Chair and Vice Chair for a term of one year.  The BOA meets on the third Thursday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, First Floor of City Hall, 7008 South Rice Avenue.  City Council Liaison – Gus E. Pappas.  To Contact this Board, please email Staff Liaison – Ashley Parcus at aparcus@bellairetx.gov

Member

Expiration Date

Jill Almaguer 

06-30-2018

James P. Avioli, Sr.

06-30-2018

Debbie Karakowsky

06-30-2018 

Jed Mandel

06-30-2018

L. Timothy McKone

06-30-2019

Bharat Raval

06-30-2019

Samir Sinha

06-30-2019


Building and Standards Commission (“BSC”) 

Building and Standards Commission ("BSC") is responsible for the review of administrative actions of the City Building Official, quasi-judicial enforcement of health and safety ordinances, variances from building codes, and the issuance of advisory opinions pertaining to building structures and construction codes.    The BSC consists of seven members (formerly five regular and three alternate members), all of whom serve two-year terms with staggered appointments, maximum three consecutive terms.  The Chair and Vice Chair are selected by the members of the BSC and serve for a one-year term.  The BSC meets, generally monthly, to hear cases or discuss other matters referred to it, on the 4
th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, First Floor of City Hall, 7008 South Rice Avenue.  City Council Liaison – David R. Montague.  To Contact this Commission, please email Staff Liaison – Ashley Parcus at 
aparcus@bellairetx.gov

Member

Expiration Date

Dan R. Collins

06-30-2019

Charles Formica

06-30-2018

Lee Hampton

06-30-2018

Paul N. Katz

06-30-2018

Danny A. Spencer

06-30-2018

Christina Stone

06-30-2019

Laura Thurmond

06-30-2019



Charter, Ordinance or Resolution Governed Boards and Committees:
 

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (“PRAB”) 

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board ("PRAB") is responsible for advising the Parks and Recreation Department regarding policy matters pertaining to City parks and recreation, but is responsible to the City Council.   It may undertake studies of the park facilities and public recreation programs for their improvement and may make recommendations to the City Council.  It consists of seven members who serve staggered two-year terms, maximum three consecutive terms.  The Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary are elected for one-year terms.  The PRAB meets on the 3
rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Center, Meeting Room, 7008 Fifth Street.  City Council Liaison – Pat B. McLaughlan.  To Contact this Board, please email Staff Liaison – Karl Miller at kmiller@bellairetx.gov

Member

Expiration Date

Ralph Cox

06-30-2019 

Joan Gee

06-30-2019

Denise Purcell Leisten

06-30-2019 

Julie McNee

06-30-2018

Kevin Sisk 

06-30-2019 

Neil Verma

06-30-2018

Sharon Veldman

06-30-2018



State Law Governed Boards and Commissions:
 

Planning and Zoning Commission (“PZC”) 

Planning and Zoning Commission ("PZC") is responsible for making recommendations to the City Council regarding plans for the physical development of the City and for its approval of all plats and replats.  A Comprehensive Plan for the development and redevelopment of land in the City, most recently updated and adopted in 1996, serves as the basis for the regulations that govern the City’s land development and must be followed by the PZC in advisory recommendations to the City Council.  PZC consists of seven members who serve staggered two-year terms, maximum three consecutive terms.  The Chair and Vice Chair are selected by the members of PZC.  They meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, First Floor of City Hall, 7008 South Rice Avenue.  City Council Liaison – Trisha S. Pollard.  To Contact this Commission, please email Staff Liaison – Ashley Parcus at
 aparcus@bellairetx.gov.

*Due to construction of the new municipal facilities, the Planning and Zoning Commission meetings will be moved to the 2nd Thursday of the month, beginning in July of 2017. The meetings will continue to be held at 6:00 PM in the Council Chamber.*

Member

Expiration Date 

Michael D. Axelrad 

06-30-2018

Ross Gordon

06-30-2019

Jonathan Saikin

06-30-2019

S. Lynne Skinner

06-30-2018

Marc Steinberg

06-30-2018

Dirk Stiggins

06-30-2018

Weldon Taylor

06-30-2019



Charter, Ordinance or Resolution Governed Boards and Committees:
 

Environmental & Sustainability Board (“ESB”) 

Environmental & Sustainability Board ("ESB") is charged with creating programs and projects that educate the public on recycling trends and issues.  It consists of seven members appointed for staggered two-year terms, maximum three consecutive terms.  The ESB elects a Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary and meets on the 1
st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Conference Room, First Floor of City Hall, 7008 South Rice Avenue, Bellaire, Texas.  City Council Liaison – Roman F. Reed.  To contact this Committee, please email Staff Liaison – Michael Leech at mleech@bellairetx.gov.

Member

Expiration Date 

Ritwick Agrawal

06-30-2019

Ayobamidele G. Bello, Secretary

06-30-2018 

Joe Burris, Vice Chair

06-30-2018

Michelle Mastin

06-30-2019

Jonathan Palmer, Chair

06-30-2019

George Williams

06-30-2018

Brian Witt

06-30-2019