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City Boards and Commissions

The City of Norwalk has a number of boards responsible for helping to run the city, acting as advisory entities to administration and/or city council. Board members are appointed by the mayor or City Council and must be city residents.

Board of Architectural Review

The Board of Architectural Review is responsible for maintaining a high character of community development - protecting and preserving property values by reviewing any proposed changes of the exterior architectural characteristics of structures throughout the Architectural District.

Norwalk's Architectural District includes all lots that front on Main Street from Case/Church Street to Foster Street, and on Whittlesey/Benedict Avenue from Ohio Street/Railroad Avenue to Water Street.

A Certificate of Appropriateness must be obtained from the Board of Architectural Review prior to making any exterior changes within the Architectural District. Applicants must appear before the Board, which meets once monthly.

For information regarding this board, please contact Board Clerk Lynne Jenkins in the Public Works Department at City Hall, (419) 663-6735.


Barbara Czerwony 419-663-4103

John Schumm 419-668-2869

Steve Zigo 419-668-1900

Pat Mak 419-668-7481 

Annette Wilcox 419-681-1318 

Lynn Bolden 419-668-4130 


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 Board of Control

The Board of Control is responsible for opening bids, awarding contracts, and approving any City contract or purchase which must be made pursuant to competitive bidding.

For information regarding this board, please contact Board Clerk Lynne Jenkins in the Public Works Department at City Hall, (419) 663-6735.


Mayor - Rob Duncan 419-663-6700

Finance Director - Michelle Reeder 419-663-6710 

City Council President - Stephen Euton 419-663-8088


Board of Income Tax Review

The Board of Income Tax Review is responsible for hearing appeals from taxpayers dissatisfied with any ruling or decision of the Finance Director pertaining to city income tax imposition and collection.

For information regarding this board, please contact the Income Tax Department at City Hall, (419) 663-6720.


Dennis Camp 419-668-7921

Steve Fries 419-668-9432 

Chris Stang 419-663-0170


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Board of Park Commissioners

The Board of Park Commissioners acts in an advisory compacity to the Park & Recreation Department and administration.

For information regarding this board, please contact Recreation Coordinator Niki Cross at the Ernsthausen Community Center, 100 Republic Street, (419) 663-6775, EXTENSION 26.


Timothy Freriks 419-663-1926

James Hagemeyer 419-668-6864 

Eric Gonzales 419-677-9509 

Patricia Arlin-Smith 419-668-8676 

Frank VanDresser 419-660-1907


Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals is responsible for hearing appeals for exceptions to and variances in the application of ordinances governing zoning in the City.

For information regarding this board, please contact Board Clerk Jaime Peiples at City Hall, (419) 663-6760.


Scott Ford 419-668-2388

Mike Roth 419-668-5445

Carol Wheeler 419-668-6119

Julie Eckloff 419-706-0680

Greg Myers 419-668-2585


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Charter Review Committee

The Charter Review Commission convenes once every five years.  Seven members are appointed by City Council to review the Charter of the City of Norwalk and make recommendations for changes. The charter sets forth how the City will be governed.

For information regarding this board, please contact Board Clerk Jaime Peiples at City Hall, (419) 663-6760.

Civil Service Commission

The Civil Service Commission prescribes, amends, and enforces rules for the positions in the civil service of the City. This includes examinations, resignations, appointments, promotions, removals, transfers, layoffs, suspensions, reductions, and reinstatements to those positions.

For information regarding this board, please contact Board Clerk Lisa Hivnor at City Hall, (419) 663-6700.


George Elmer 419-668-4461

Kris Doughty 419-706-2728


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Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is responsible for reviewing, evaluating, commenting upon, and making recommendations relative to the planning and programming, location, and scheduling of public facility projects. The Commission also makes recommendations for changes in the Master Plan, official city zoning map, zoning ordinances, and the Capital Improvement Plan.

For information regarding this board, please contact Board Clerk Jaime Peiples at City Hall, (419) 663-6760.


Jennie Hipp 419-668-7163

Tonya Corbin 419-706-2880 

Alan Furey 419-681-2528

William Kalfs 419-668-0030 

Charles Fritz 419-706-2684 

Scott Mercer 330-933-0043 

Keith Kovarik 561-302-3127


Records Retention Commission

The Records Retention Commission is responsible for overseeing the compliance of city records in accordance with the Ohio Historical Society.

For more information regarding this board, contact Board Clerk Lisa Hivnor at City Hall, (419) 663-6700.


Mayor - Rob Duncan 419-663-6700

Finance Director - Michelle Reeder 419-663-6710 

Law Director - G. Stuart O'Hara, Jr. 419-663-8088 

John Schumm 419-668-2869 


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Revolving Loan Fund Board

The Revolving Loan Fund Board oversees the Revolving Loan Fund program which encourages economic growth, increased tax base, and increased job opportunities through loans to small and moderate sized businesses. The Board reviews and makes recommendations to City Council concerning loan applications and monitors loan requirement compliance.

For information regarding this board, please contact Finance Director Michelle Reeder at City Hall, (419) 663-6710.


Jeff Hipp 419-668-6449

Gene Denney 419-663-8132 

Charles Doyle 419-668-4904 

Judy Mosher 419-663-9863 

W. Dale Rafie 419-668-4154 

Ralph Fegley 419-668-2008 

Brian Myers 419-668-3361 

Chris Stang 419-663-0170


Treasury Investment Board

The Treasury Investment Board provides advice and direction to the Director of Finance concerning the investment of City funds not needed for immediate City needs.

For information regarding this board, please contact Finance Director Michelle Reeder at City Hall, (419) 663-6710.


Mayor - Rob Duncan 419-663-6700

Finance Director - Michelle Reeder 419-663-6710

Law Director - G. Stuart O'Hara, Jr. 419-663-8088


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Tree Board

The Tree Board acts in an advisory capacity to the administration regarding the health of the tree population along city streets. The board renders advice on the planting and removal of city trees and provides Council with an annual plan for the care and preservation of trees in public areas.

Trees in the boulevard (between the sidewalk and street) are city property and residents should contact the board with any concerns. To report an issue with a city tree, follow thisAction Line Request for tree service.

For more information regarding this board, contact Board Clerk Lisa Hivnor at City Hall at (419) 663-6700.


Bridger Hill 330-416-4527 

Mary Hinckley 419-668-0759 

Bernie Car 419-668-1542 

Judy Emmons 419-668-5058 

Phyllis Zieber 419-668-9466


 Huron County Board of Health

The City of Norwalk appoints one representative to the Huron County Board of Health, the governing body for Huron County Public Health.

For information regarding this board, contact Huron County Public Health, 180 Milan Avenue, Norwalk, (419) 668-1652 or visit their website at www.huroncohealth.com.


Kathleen Butler 419-706-3290


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 Area Agency on Aging, District 5

The City of Norwalk appoints one representative to the Area Agency on Aging, Inc., District 5 Advisory Committee. This committee is involved with legislative issues, project/contract review and making recommendations to the Board, on issues affecting the entire Agency.

For information regarding this board, contact the Area Agency on Aging, 2131 Park Avenue West, Suite 100, Ontario, (419) 524-4144 or visit their website at www.aaa5ohio.org.


Dean Hales 419-668-4024 


Huron Metropolitan Housing Authority

The City of Norwalk appoints two representatives to the Huron Metropolitan Housing Authority. The housing authority provides rental assistance for qualifying persons in qualifying residences.

For information regarding this board, contact the Huron Metropolitan Housing Authority, 17 Mill Street, Norwalk, (419) 668-3956.


Michael Meinke 419-668-9797 

Kimberly Conney 


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