Boards & Commissions
The following Boards & Commissions assist the City of Bowling Green on important policy decisions that impact the community.
These groups conduct planning, research, and discuss specific issues which are essential to the continued growth and prosperity of our City. While some boards only make recommendations and advisory opinions to the City Council, others are designed to be the policy-making authority over a particular entities.
The City encourages anyone who is a resident to consider submitting a resume for appointment to one of Bowling Green’s 33 boards and commissions. Appointments are made upon recommendation by the Mayor, with approval of the City Commission.
For more information on openings or how to submit your resume, contact the Office of the City Clerk at (270) 393-3000 or use our online contact form.
Administrative Appeals Board
Duties: Review matters brought before the board by affected parties in accordance with applicable city ordinances.
Membership: Five members appointed by the City to serve a three-year term; may be reappointed for successive terms.
Meetings: As needed.
Mission Statement: It is the mission of the Administrative Appeals Board for the City of Bowling Green to provide a venue for the review of such matters, such as: alarm permits, personnel appeals and grievances, purchasing vendor appeals following the City Manager or his designee’s action, if a suspended or disbarred vendor still desires recourse, a hearing may be requested. The Administrative Appeals Board will hear all evidence and render a final decision on the matter brought before the board by affected parties in accordance with applicable City ordinances. Upon request, the Administrative Appeals Board shall meet, review relevant information, hear available testimony, and expeditiously provide to affected parties a written ruling that shall be rendered by an impartial board comprised of citizens from the City of Bowling Green. Said ruling shall affirm, overturn or refer back to the appropriate governmental department, agency or board for further study any request for review assigned to the Administrative Appeals Board by city ordinance.
Duties: Exercising full power and authority to manage and control the airport, making such rules and regulations concerning the use of same and other charges the board deems necessary.
Membership: Ten members appointed jointly by the City and County to serve four-year terms.
Meetings: Monthly on the second Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport’s FBO Terminal Building, 1000 Woodhurst Street, second floor conference room.
Mission Statement: It is the mission of the Airport Board to provide, operate and develop premier air transportation facilities to serve the Bowling Green-Warren County region and to deliver superior standards of customer service and excellence while maintaining the highest levels of safety, security, convenience and efficiency.
Duties: Provide independent oversight to approve annual assessment of risk presented by Internal Auditor’s Office, approve annual audit plan based on assessment of risk, review quarterly internal audit progress towards approved audit plan, recommend selection and retention of external auditor and ensure proper rotation of external partner or firm as mandated by any applicable statute or regulation and review annual financial statement audit and recommend approval to the Board of Commissioners.
Membership: Five members meeting specified qualifications are appointed by the City, and the City Manager shall serve as a non-voting ex-officio member. All appointments shall be for a term of two (2) years.
Meetings: Second Monday of January, April, July and October at 3:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood and Community Services Department (707 E. Main Avenue) in the Community Room.
Barren River District Board of Health
Duties: Oversee activities of the Barren River District Health Department.
Membership: Membership consists of county judges, Bowling Green Mayor, five physicians, three nurses, two dentists, two engineers, two veterinarians, one optometrist, one pharmacist and three consumers.
Meetings: Quarterly on a Monday at 5:00 p.m., specific date set by board chair and director.
Mission Statement: It is the mission of the Barren River District Board of Health to promote and protect personal and community health through the prevention of disease, injury and disability.
Board of Adjustments
Duties: Hear and decide variances to the dimensional requirements set forth in the Zoning Ordinance, hear and decide conditional use permits, hear and decide special exceptions for certain uses within zoning districts, and hear and decide appeals from any order, requirement, decision or action of any zoning enforcement officer with respect to the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance/Resolution.
Membership: Seven members – four appointed by the City and three appointed by the County to serve a four-year term.
Meetings: Monthly on the second Thursday at 5:00 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Chamber.
Board of Ethics
Duties: Investigate complaints, issue orders and advisory opinions, control and maintain financial statements for those required to file, and enforce the city’s Code of Ethics policy for all who fall under its jurisdiction.
Membership: Five members appointed by the City to serve two-year terms and optional three alternates.
Meetings: Monthly on the fourth Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in City Hall.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Board of Ethics generally is to uphold the highest possible standards of integrity in city government and to aid the officials and employees of Bowling Green in maintaining these standards so that each will conduct himself/herself in a manner that will preserve public confidence in city government and respect for the office/position represented.
Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Duties: Promote convention and tourist activities within the city and county.
Membership: Seven members meeting specified qualifications, appointed by the City and County to serve three-year terms with approval by the respective legislative bodies.
Meetings: Monthly on the second Monday at 4:00 p.m. at the tourism office.
Mission Statement: It is the mission of the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote tourist and convention activity in Bowling Green and Warren County as directed by KRS 91A.350.
Bowling Green Code Enforcement and Nuisance Board
Duties: Determine whether a code violation was committed, and if so, impose fine, remedy or both – done by a quasi-judicial board hearing citizen appeals. Code Enforcement is designed to achieve code compliance in our neighborhoods by exposing property maintenance violations. Substandard structures, improper signage, traffic and parking nuisances pose a threat to sanitary conditions and quality of our neighborhoods.
Membership: Five members appointed by the City for three-year terms.
Meetings: Monthly on the fourth Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Chamber.
Bowling Green Fire Department Burn Victim Board of Advisors
Duties: Provides financial assistance as soon as possible after injury to citizens of the City who have suffered serious burn injuries from fires occurring in the City which result in the need for hospitalization.
Membership: Three members appointed by the City to serve two-year terms.
Meetings: Special called meetings on an as needed basis.
Bowling Green Municipal Utilities
Duties: Acquire, administer, maintain and operate all of Bowling Green’s electric, water and wastewater plants and facilities, as well as deliver fiber optics infrastructure connectivity for commercial consumers’ availability and accessibility.
Membership: Five members, four of whom are appointed by the City to serve four-year terms and one member who is a City Commissioner who serves the term of his office.
Meetings: Monthly on the second Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Chamber.
Mission Statement: The purpose and desire of Bowling Green Municipal Utilities is to provide consumers with reliable high speed data services, and safe and reliable electric, water and wastewater treatment services at the lowest reasonable rates that are consistent with sound business practices.
Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force
Duties: Combat the sale, use and otherwise dealing of illegal drugs or substances by investigating trafficking, and taking action against the illegal use of drugs and substances.
Membership: Nine members comprised of various officials in the city and county appointed for their terms of office.
Meetings: As needed basis
Bowling Green-Warren County Local Emergency Planning Committee
Duties: Development plans to prepare for emergency response organizations within the Bowling Green and Warren County area to respond effectively to releases of hazardous substances
Membership: Bylaws state that the Committee shall not consist of more than 24 members and serve four-year terms.
Meetings: Quarterly; no set schedule.
Building Code Board of Appeal
Duties: Building Code Board of Appeal was created pursuant to the Kentucky Building Code, and the Board shall have all the authority, powers, duties and obligations as set forth in the Kentucky Building Code. All appeals from the decisions of code officials shall be conducted in accordance with the appeals provisions of KRS 198B.070. Where a local appeals board exists, a party must first appeal to the local board when aggrieved by a decision of the local code official. Any party to a decision by the local code official may appeal that decision to the local appeals board. Upon receipt of an appeal from a qualified party, the local appeals board shall convene a hearing to consider the appeal within 15 days of receipt.
Membership: Five members technically qualified with professional experience that also serve on the Contractors Licensing Board and represent the Builders Association of Bowling Green, the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., the general contractor at large, and the two representatives from local trade or specialty associations.
Meetings: As needed.
CDBG Citizen Review Committee
Duties: Evaluate applications to determine which agencies to fund in the proposed program year based on established criteria, including how well the proposed solution addresses the priority need and the cost effectiveness of the proposed solution.
Membership: Five members appointed by the City to serve five-year terms to coincide with the adopted 5-year Consolidated Plan.
Meetings: Meet on as-needed basis.
City-County Depot Committee
Duties: The City and County jointly oversees the welfare and well-being of the renovation of the historic railroad station, including the development, management, maintenance and use of the facility which will promote many public purposes including tourism, cultural use and other public purposes.
Membership: Five members, including the Mayor, City Manager, City Chief Financial Officer, County Judge Executive and County Treasurer.
Meetings: Quarterly on the second Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Chamber.
City-County Planning Commission
Duties: Prepare and implement the Comprehensive Plan and zoning regulations.
Membership: Twelve members, four of which are appointed by the City, four appointed by the County and one each appointed by Chairman of Trustees of Smiths Grove, Woodburn, Plum Springs and Oakland to serve four-year terms.
Meetings: Twice monthly on the first and third Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Chamber.
Mission Statement: The broad mission of the Planning Commission is to provide balance to a dynamic community between the economic forces that give vitality, and the common good that promotes a certain quality of life. The Commission seeks to provide an information framework that enables the community and its representatives to make optimum choices about the future. The Commission’s goal is to promote through comprehensive planning and regulatory action the orderly, efficient and aesthetically pleasing development of land within an area that is adequately served with infrastructure and amenities. The Commission further seeks to provide its services to the community in a positive, timely, consistent and fair manner.
Contractors Licensing Board
Duties: Regulates construction activity according to current ordinances and laws, furnishes contracting licenses for individuals, partnerships and corporations, and provides a method of administration and enforcement of these provisions.
Membership: Seven members with specified qualifications appointed jointly by the City and County for three-year terms, with approval by the respective legislative bodies, and one City appointee and one representative from Fiscal Court to serve their terms’ of office.
Meetings: Monthly on the first Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. in the Contractors Licensing Board offices at City-County Planning Commission-2nd floor.
Mission Statement: The goal of the Contractors Licensing Board is to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare by guarding against unreliable contractors.
Greenways Commission of Bowling Green and Warren County
Duties: Develop recommendations to the City of Bowling Green and Warren County in the implementation of the Greenbelt System Master Plan that was developed in 1998 by Lose and Associates of Nashville, Tennessee. The board shall also establish priorities, develop cost estimates for implementation of greenbelt developments, solicit public input and recommend detailed master plans for each of the specific phases of the Greenbelt System Master Plan. The Greenways Commission is also authorized to apply for grant funds subject to City and County approval, and shall develop policies and procedures for its operation and shall report to the Board of Commissioners and Fiscal Court on a periodic basis.
Membership: Twelve voting members serving three-year terms; three nonvoting ex-officio members.
Meetings: First Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the City-County Planning Commission conference room.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Greenways Commission is to develop a network of walking and biking pathways that bring the community and nature together.
Historic Preservation Board
Duties: The Preservation Board shall take action necessary and appropriate to accomplish the purpose of this special Overlay District. These actions may include, Review staff initiated surveys of historic buildings and areas; Reviewing the Natural and Cultural Resources Element of the Comprehensive Plan; Recommending the designation of local historic districts individual local historic sites and conservation districts; Regulating changes to designated property (including the issuance or denial of Certificates of Appropriateness) and Recommending Historic Overlay Standards for changes to designated property.
Membership: Five members appointed by the Mayor for three-year terms with approval from the City Commission.
Meetings: Fourth Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Chambers.
Mission Statement: The primary mission of the Historic Preservation Board is to preserve, protect and maintain the architectural, cultural and archaeological resources within our community.
Hobson House Commission
Duties: Direct the use and management of the Hobson House facility.
Membership: Six members appointed by the City to serve a four-year term.
Meetings: Monthly on the third Tuesday at 12:00 noon at the Hobson House.
Mission Statement: The Hobson House Commission is charged by ordinance of the City of Bowling Green to operate and maintain the city-owned facility as an historical attraction dedicated to the preservation of the education about the 1860-1890 time period. Reflective of an historic home of the period, the Commission and its sister nonprofit group, the Friends of Riverview, seek to interpret the history of the site and the American Victorian period, to own property, to publish materials, to conduct educational programs, to increase public awareness, and to do whatever else is worthwhile to achieve these objectives.
Housing Authority of Bowling Green
Duties: Set policy guidelines and innovative programs to achieve the goal of providing decent, safe and sanitary housing for very low and low-income families.
Membership: Five members, including one Elected Official and one resident appointed by the City for a term of four years.
Meetings: Monthly on the third Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in the Housing Authority Board Room.
Mission Statement: Our goal is to provide drug-free, decent, safe and sanity housing for eligible families and to provide opportunities and promote self-sufficiency and economic independence for residents.
Human Rights Commission
Duties: Encourage fair treatment and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age (over 40) and disability, promote mutual understanding and respect among all economic, social, racial, religious and ethnic groups and endeavor to eliminate discrimination against and antagonism between religious, racial and ethnic groups and their numbers.
Membership: Thirteen members appointed by the City representing a broad cross-section of society for three-year terms.
Meetings: Monthly on the third Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. at 491 Double Springs Road.
Mission Statement: The Bowling Green Human Rights Commission promotes equal opportunity and fair treatment. It investigates allegations of discrimination in the following areas: housing, employment and public accommodations for the protected classes which include race, color, religion, national origin, age (over 40), sex and disability.
Inter-Modal Transportation Authority, Inc.
Duties: Development plans to prepare for emergency response organizations within the Bowling Green and Warren County area to respond effectively to releases of hazardous substances.
Membership: Jointly appointed by the City and County, less than three directors and no more than 25 directors; 4 year terms and staggered
Meetings: Bi-monthly on the third Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. located at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.
Job Development Incentive Program Committee
Duties: The Committee shall establish and evaluate terms and conditions for incentive loans and employee withholdings credits in conformity with the Code of Ordinances, Subchapter 11-6 and shall recommend to the Board of Commissioners the disposition of such applications submitted to it.
Membership: Terms of Office – Two members of the Board of Commissioners, City Manager and Chief Financial Officer (Ex-Officio)
Meetings: Monthly on the third Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall
Local Board of Assessment (Property Tax) Appeals
Duties: Review sales files and consider recent sales of comparable properties, as well as hear and consider evidence presented by the taxpayer and the PVA designated deputy to make a ruling on the properties being appealed. Board members have the power to issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses and must provide a written opinion justifying their actions on each assessment. Board members must also review the assessments of properties owned by the PVA and his or her deputies.
Membership: Three members, one appointed by the City, one appointed by the County Judge Executive and one appointed by Fiscal Court. Members must be reputable real property owners and have lived in the county for at least five years. They must have extensive knowledge of real estate values, sales, management, financing or construction. They each serve for increments of three years and only one member rotates off each year.
Meetings: Normally meets no more than five days beginning 25-35 days after the Tax Roll Inspection Period. After the first recap approval by the Revenue Cabinet, there is a Tax Roll Inspection Period that lasts 13 days, including Saturdays. The inspection period normally takes place in May and then the board meets in June.
Military Liaison Board
Duties: Promote community and local government participation in preserving and enhancing military commands and missions in Bowling Green and Warren County.
Membership: Ten members appointed jointly by City and County to serve a three-year term. Board is also composed of nine nonvoting ex-officio members.
Meetings: Monthly on the last Monday at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Chamber of City Hall.
Police and Firefighters Retirement Fund Board of Trustees
Duties: Oversee and direct issues relating to the retirement annuities and disability benefits for the members of the police and fire departments who become aged or otherwise incapacitated, and widows’ annuities and other benefits to the dependents of such fund members.
Membership: One retired representative and one alternate of the Police Department, one retired representative and one alternate of the Fire Department, the Mayor and the City’s Chief Financial Officer.
Meetings: Quarterly on the third Wednesday of January, April, July and October at 3:00 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room.
Public Safety Mobile Radio Communications System Agency "Radio Agency" (BG-WC)
Duties: Establish and jointly operate a new public safety radio system in Bowling Green and Warren County including the design, acquisition, implementation and operation of the radio system.
Membership: Four members to include the Bowling Green Police Chief and Fire Chief, Warren County Emergency Services/Management Director and Warren County Sheriff’s Office representative.
Meetings: Monthly on the 1st Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Conference Room of Warren County Fiscal Court.
The Convention Center Corporation
Duties: Responsible for the oversight of the management and operation of the Sloan Convention Center and its related properties. These responsibilities include operational and financial oversight, as well as oversight of the management contract with John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc.
Membership: Six members to include the Mayor, four City Commissioners and the County Judge Executive.
Meetings: Third Tuesday of March, June, September and December at 3:00 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Chamber.
Tree Advisory Board
Duties: Enable the City to receive the designation “Tree City USA,” consider and promote Arbor Day celebrations and other educational functions related to urban forestry and any other duties as granted by the Board of Commissioners of the City.
Membership: Five members appointed by the City to serve four-year terms.
Meetings: Monthly on the fourth Monday at 4:30 p.m. at Parks and Recreation Community Room.
University District Review Committee
Duties: The Review Committee shall have jurisdiction over university-related organizations only within those areas designated University District (UD) on the Official Zoning Map.
Membership: Seven members total, six of which are appointed by the City to serve four-year terms and a City appointee to serve a two-year term, one representative from the Planning Commission to serve as Chairman.
Meetings: Monthly on the second Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., as needed, in the City Hall Commission Chamber.
Urban Growth Design Review Board
Duties: Administer Urban Growth Overlay District-UG of the Joint Zoning Ordinance of Warren County as set forth in City Ordinance BG2000-56 and Warren County Ordinance No. 00-90WC, and all amendments and regulations promulgated thereby.
Membership: Seven members, four of whom are appointed by the City and three appointed by the County to serve two-year terms.
Meetings: Monthly on the third Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Chamber.
Warren County Downtown Economic Development Authority, Inc.
Duties: Nonprofit corporation designed for the purpose of performance of public, civic and governmental purposes pursuant to the provisions of KRS 273.161 to 273.390 and KRS 58.180.
Membership: Five members, two members of which are recommended and appointed by the Board of Commissioners, one of whom shall be the City’s Chief Financial Officer and the second member who shall be a member of the City’s Board of Commissioners , three appointed by the County Judge Executive and members are to serve two-year terms.
Meetings: Monthly on the fourth Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.
Workforce Recruitment and Outreach Committee
Duties: In order to assist the City of Bowling Green comply with its equal employment policies, the City has determined there is a need to improve its recruitment efforts. One method to assist the City in this goal is the creation of a Workforce Recruitment and Outreach Committee to guide and advise the City on achieving its recruitment goals.
Membership: The Mayor, with the approval of the Board of Commissioners, shall appoint seven (7) members to this Committee with the appointees residing within the City’s employment catchment area. Effective with the members of the Committee with terms beginning October 1, 2015, four (4) members shall be appointed for terms of two (2) years with the remaining three members appointed for an initial term of one (1) year. All appointments after the initial appointment shall be for a term of two (2) years.
Meetings: Monthly on the third Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the Neighborhood and Community Services Department Community Room (707 E. Main Avenue).
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