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229 S. Second St, Elkhart, IN 46516

574-294-5471

574-294-5471

Boards and Commissions

Welcome.

Serving on an appointed board or commission is a great way to participate in decisions that affect you and to learn more about how your local government works.

229 S. Second St, Elkhart, IN 46516

574-294-5471

574-294-5471

Boards and Commissions

Common
Council.

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Council Members

1st District Councilman
Aaron Mishler [D] | aaron.mishler@coei.org

2nd District Councilman
Brian A. Thomas [R] | brian.thomas@coei.org

3rd District Councilman
David E. Henke [R] | david.henke@coei.org

4th District Councilman
Dwight Fish [D]  | dwight.fish@coei.org

5th District Councilman
H. Brent Curry [D]  | brent.curry@coei.org

6th District Councilwoman
Tonda Hines [D] | tonda.hines@coei.org

At-Large Councilwoman
Megan Baughman [R] | megan.baughman@coei.org

At-Large Councilman
Arvis Dawson [D] | arvis.dawson@coei.org

At-Large Councilman
Kevin Bullard [R]  | kevin.bullard@coei.org

For more information regarding the Common Council or questions for the Common Council Members please contact: Traci Adams, Council Clerk, at traci.adams@coei.org or 574-294-5471 ext. 1053. More information on how to contact Council Members can be found here.

The Council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, except when such a Monday is a City holiday. More information on Common Council meetings can be found here.

To view the Elkhart City Council District Map, click here.

2021 Committee Assignments

  • Finance: Arvis Dawson*, Tonda Hines, Brian Thomas
  • Public Health & Safety: Aaron Mishler*, Brent Curry, Kevin Bullard
  • Planning & Development: Dwight Fish*, Tonda Hines, David Henke
  • Public Works & Improvements: Aaron Mishler*, Brent Curry, Megan Baughman
  • Art & Culture: Brian Thomas*, Arvis Dawson, Dwight Fish
  • Internal Controls: Arvis Dawson*, Brent Curry, David Henke

* Denotes Committee Chairperson

Council liaisons to boards and commissions:

  • Board of Aviation Commissioners: Dwight Fish
  • Redevelopment Commission: Tonda Hines
  • Board of Public Safety: Arvis Dawson
  • Board of Public Works: Arvis Dawson
  • Historic & Cultural Preservation Commission: Aaron Mishler
  • MACOG: Dwight Fish
  • Board of Parks and Recreation: Tonda Hines
  • Plan Commission: Kevin Bullard
  • Board of Zoning Appeals: Kevin Bullard
  • Lerner Theatre Board: Brian Thomas
  • Human Relations Commission: Brent Curry
  • Elkhart Urban Enterprise Association: Dwight Fish
  • Police Merit Commission: Megan Baughman
  • Fire Merit Commission: Aaron Mishler

Board of
Aviation Commissioners.

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Board Members

  • Douglas Thorne
  • Bruce Shreiner
  • Tom Shoff
  • Shari Mellin

Meetings:
Board of Aviation Commissioners meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month at 4pm in the Elkhart Municipal Airport Administration Building located at:
1211 County Road West, Elkhart, IN 46514

Board of
Public Safety.

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The Board of Public Safety is comprised of five members appointed by the mayor. Their responsibilities are to oversee the general operations of the police, fire, communications center, and building and code enforcement department. The Board ratifies the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) contract, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) contract, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) contract for the City of Elkhart.

Board Members

Dr. Robert Woods, Chairman
3908 Doral Lane, Elkhart, IN 46517
574-320-5411 | Bobwoods3908@gmail.com

Carol Loshbough, Vice-Chairman
PO Box 846, Elkhart, IN 46515
574-293-1042 | grandmabrie@gmail.com

Anthony Coleman, Member
2131 Frances Ave, Elkhart, IN 46516
574-536-8406 | anthonycoleman40@netzero.net

Rev. Charlie Cross, Member
122 Martin Luther King Dr, Elkhart, IN 46516
618-521-7031 | rvcbcross@att.net

Corinne Straight-Reed, Member
229 S. Second St., Elkhart, IN 46516
574-350-4209| corinne.straight-reed@coei.org

Meetings:
Board of Public Safety meetings are held the 9am in the Council Chambers on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.

Board of
Public Works.

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The Board of Public Works is comprised of five members appointed by the mayor. Their responsibilities are to oversee all bidding, contracts, agreements, approve policies for various departments, use of City property, as well as the sale of surplus property, and management oversight of the Water and Wastewater Utilities. The Board also negotiates and approves the contract for those employees covered by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Teamsters Unions.

Board Members

Michael Machlan, President
 Elkhart, IN 46514
574-612-1248 | mikemachlan@gmail.com

Chad Crabtree, Vice-President
1420 Cedar St, Elkhart IN 46514
574-596-6750 | chad@alumni.iu.edu

Jamie Arce, Member
229 S Second St, Elkhart, IN 46516
574-294-5471 ext. 1026 | jamie.arce@coei.org

Ronnie Davis, Member
3716 St Andrews Plc, Elkhart, IN 46517
574-370-7777 | Ron.Davis1insurance@gmail.com

Rose Rivera, Member
229 S. Second St., Elkhart, IN 46516
574-304-6911 | Rose.Rivera@coei.org

Board of Public Works meetings are held the 9am in the Council Chambers on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month.

City Council Liaison: Arvis Dawson

Board of
Zoning Appeals.

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The Elkhart City Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a quasi-judicial body whose purpose is the review and consideration of all requests for relief from any standard in the Zoning Ordinance including variances, use variances, special exceptions, conditional use requests, and administrative appeals.  Per State statute, members of the BZA may not be contacted regarding a case prior to the public hearing for a case.  The BZA is comprised of five members, including two Plan Commission members and three citizen members.  The BZA meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.

For more information please visit the Board of Zoning Appeals tab on the Planning and Zoning page.

Building
Inspection Division.

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The Building Department is primarily responsible for conducting building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing inspections within the city limits. Inspections can be made through the individual inspectors located in the staff directory or the Permit Center can be contacted at 574-294-5471 ext 3005.

Request an Inspection

The Building Department approves construction permit applications for new construction, remodeling of existing structures, and the addition, alteration or replacement of electrical, HVAC, plumbing and fire suppression systems. Prior to approval, plans must be submitted and reviewed for completeness and conformance to Indiana Building Codes. Application must be made through the Permit Center.

Plans for any Class 1 (commercial) structure may be required to be filed with the State of Indiana Department of Fire and Building Services prior to any permits being issued. You can click the link below to go to their website.

Indiana State Building Plan Review

The City of Elkhart currently issues licenses for Electrical and HVAC Contractors only. We do, however, register State Licensed Plumbers and bonded Demolition Contractors. Electrical licensing is done by the Electrical Exam Board and Mechanical (HVAC) licensing is done by the Mechanical Exam Board. All licensing and registrations are renewed yearly and processed by the Permit Center.

All Indiana State Building Codes can be accessed here.

Economic Development
Commission.

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The Elkhart Economic Development Commission consists of a three-member board and meets on an as needed basis, typically to approve loan requests for economic development projects.

The current members include:

  • Bob Klose
  • Brent Curry
  • Dave Osborne

Fire Merit
Commission.

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Members:

  • Jim Rodino, President
  • Mandy Leazenby, Vice-President
  • Cary Miller, Secretary
  • Rev. McNeal Stewart
  • Doug Bowlby

Meetings:
Regular meetings are held at 3:30pm in the Common Chambers on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.

Historic and Cultural
Preservation Commission.

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The Historic and Cultural Preservation Commission is responsible for overseeing development in the City’s Local Historic Districts and assist property owners in applying for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Properties located in the historic district must conform to Rehabilitation Guidelines contained in the Historic and Cultural Preservation ordinance. All exterior changes to properties in historic districts must be approved by the Historic and Cultural Preservation Commission prior to the start of construction. The HCPC meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.

For more information, please visit the Historic and Cultural Preservation tab on the  Planning and Zoning page. 

Human Relations
Commission.

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The City of Elkhart Human Relations Commission is an enforcement agency where complaints are investigated regarding discrimination in housing, based on race/color, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, sex, and familial status. The Commission has jurisdiction over housing providers located within the corporate limits of the City of Elkhart. The Commission also provides information to local housing providers, agencies, neighborhoods associations, churches, landlord and tenants and organizations about the Federal Fair Housing Act and Landlord & Tenant Relations Indiana Code 32-31. The Commission’s staff can provide fair housing trainings, outreach material, and can review lease agreements and policies to assure compliance with local and federal law.

Members:

  • Crystal Welsh, Chair
  • Amy DeBeck
  • Dana Irving
  • Patty Gorostieta
  • Mary Jo Weyrick

Staff:

  •  Director of Human Relations
  • Dana Donald, CD Specialist & Fair Housing

Important News:

April is Fair Housing Month

Check out the YouTube video series, “Fair Housing Tips in Less Than a Minute,” which covers topics ranging from understanding protected classes to banning pets at an apartment. You can view each short video individually by following the links below:
Tip #1: Protected Classes
Tip #2: Singling Out Children
Tip #3: Telling Prospects About Apartments
Tip #4: Banning Pets
Tip #5: Retaliating Against Tenants
Tip #6: Stay on Top of Fair Housing Compliance
Tip #7: Don’t Make Assumptions About Disabilities
Tip #8: Don’t Favor Certain Religions
Tip #9: Follow Senior Housing Exemptions
Tip #10: Fair Housing Fears

Elkhart Human Relations Commission Discrimination Intake Form   (Fill out, print, and return to the HRC Office)

Fair Housing Trainings
The City of Elkhart Human Relations Commission in partnership with the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) hosted three fair housing events in 2019. The Commission would like to invite you to learn about the Fair Housing Act by attending fair housing training sessions. Please check back for upcoming training dates for 2022.

50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act
April 11, 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968.

Employment Cases:

The Human Relations Commission no longer investigates employment discrimination cases. If you wish to file an employment discrimination case please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C., Federal Agency):
Phone: 1-800-669-4000, TDD: 1-800-669-6820, website: www.eeoc.gov

Indiana Civil Rights Commission (I.C.R.C., State Agency):
Phone: 1-800-628-2909, TDD: 1-800-743-3333, website: www.in.gov/icrc

For Minimum Wage concerns please contact the Indiana Department of Labor:
Phone: 1-317-232-2655, website: www.in.gov/dol

2021 Meeting Schedule

Park
Board.

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Members:

  • Sarah Santerre, President
  • Nekeisha Alayna Alexis, Vice-President
  • Kim Henke, Secretary
  • Mark Datema, Treasurer

To reach the Elkhart Park Board Members email elkhartcityboard@coei.org.

Meetings:
Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Council Chambers and begin at 3:30 pm.

Meeting Packets and Minutes can be found below.

January 19, 2021

Minutes

July 20, 2021

Minutes

February 16, 2021

Minutes

August 17, 2021

Minutes

March 16, 2021

Minutes

September 21, 2021

Minutes

April 20, 2021

Minutes

October 19, 2021

Minutes

May 18, 2021

Minutes

November 16, 2021

June 15, 2021

Minutes

December 21, 2021

Application for Use and Event Permits

Note: A combined permit for both the Parks Department and the Board of Works is required.

Fill out the application and submit it via email, mail, or in-person to the Parks office, located at 1320 Benham Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516.

The application can be found here, and please email city.parks@coei.org with any questions. Applicants must be present at the next board meeting to answer questions from the board.

Additional items you may need:

  • 501(c)(3) Form – Not-for-profit organizations
  • Certificate of Insurance Liability – a minimum of $3,000,000 coverage

The Board of Parks and Recreation is composed of four members, with the President of the Board serving as the presiding Officer of the Board. Each member is appointed by the Mayor and serves a four-year term. The Board receives the budget, holds any hearings required by law, and approves the award of all contracts.

Plan
Commission.

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The Elkhart City Plan Commission reviews and approves or recommends action to the Common Council or Board of Zoning Appeals on Rezonings, Subdivisions, Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) and PUD Amendments, Annexations, Special Exceptions, Wireless Communication Facilities, and other development proposals. The Plan Commission also hears appeals from the decisions of the Plat Committee.

The commission is made up of nine members, including a representative from the Common Council, Parks Board and Board of Works, the City Engineer, and five citizen members.  The Plan Commission holds its regular meetings on the first Monday of every month at 1:45 pm in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.

For more information please visit the Plan Commission tab on the Planning and Zoning page.

Plat
Committee.

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The Plat Committee is appointed by the Plan Commission to act on its behalf.  The Plat Committee has the authority to grant primary approval, conditional approval or disapproval of all Minor Subdivisions, grant primary approval, conditional approval or disapproval of all other subdivisions of 3 lots or less, and grant secondary approval for all subdivisions of three lots or less.  The Plat Committee is made up of three members and meets on demand in the Planning Services Division office.

For more information please visit the Plat Committee tab on the Planning and Zoning page.

Police Merit
Commission.

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Members:

  • James Rieckhoff, President
  • Brad Billings, Vice President
  • Clifton Hildreth, Secretary
  • Rev. Jean Mayes
  • Thomas Barber

Meetings:
Regular meetings are held at 9am in the Council Chambers on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.

Redevelopment
Commission.

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Meetings:
All meetings are held at 4pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Council Chambers.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts and Plans:

  • Aeroplex Economic Development Plan
  • Cassopolis Street Economic Development Plan
  • Consolidated South Elkhart Redevelopment Plan
  • Downtown Redevelopment Plan
  • Technology Park Redevelopment Plan

Confirming resolutions for TIF districts were passed on the following dates:

  • Downtown – February 25, 1986
  • Southwest Industrial – November 14, 2000
  • Aeroplex – November 12, 2002
  • Cassopolis – January 10, 2006
  • Consolidated South Elkhart – November 12, 2013

For information regarding the City of Elkhart Redevelopment Commission, please visit the Redevelopment Commission tab on the Community Development page. 

Common
Council.

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Council Members

1st District Councilman
Aaron Mishler [D] | aaron.mishler@coei.org

2nd District Councilman
Brian A. Thomas [R] | brian.thomas@coei.org

3rd District Councilman
David E. Henke [R] | david.henke@coei.org

4th District Councilman
Dwight Fish [D]  | dwight.fish@coei.org

5th District Councilman
H. Brent Curry [D]  | brent.curry@coei.org

6th District Councilwoman
Tonda Hines [D] | tonda.hines@coei.org

At-Large Councilwoman
Megan Baughman [R] | megan.baughman@coei.org

At-Large Councilman
Arvis Dawson [D] | arvis.dawson@coei.org

At-Large Councilman
Kevin Bullard [R]  | kevin.bullard@coei.org

Please call City Hall at 574-294-5471 ext. 1053 for any questions for Common Council Members. For more information on how to contact Council Members cane be found here.

The Council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, except when such a Monday is a City holiday. More information on Common Council meetings can be found here.

To view the Elkhart City Council District Map, click here.

2021 Committee Assignments

  • Finance: Arvis Dawson*, Tonda Hines, Brian Thomas
  • Public Health & Safety: Aaron Mishler*, Brent Curry, Kevin Bullard
  • Planning & Development: Dwight Fish*, Tonda Hines, David Henke
  • Public Works & Improvements: Aaron Mishler*, Brent Curry, Megan Baughman
  • Art & Culture: Brian Thomas*, Arvis Dawson, Dwight Fish
  • Internal Controls: Arvis Dawson*, Brent Curry, David Henke

* Denotes Committee Chairperson

Council liaisons to boards and commissions:

  • Board of Aviation Commissioners: Dwight Fish
  • Redevelopment Commission: Tonda Hines
  • Board of Public Safety: Arvis Dawson
  • Board of Public Works: Arvis Dawson
  • Historic & Cultural Preservation Commission: Aaron Mishler
  • MACOG: Dwight Fish
  • Board of Parks and Recreation: Tonda Hines
  • Plan Commission: Kevin Bullard
  • Board of Zoning Appeals: Kevin Bullard
  • Lerner Theatre Board: Brian Thomas
  • Human Relations Commission: Brent Curry
  • Elkhart Urban Enterprise Association: Dwight Fish
  • Police Merit Commission: Megan Baughman
  • Fire Merit Commission: Aaron Mishler

Board of
Aviation Commissioners.

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Board Members

  • Douglas Thorne
  • Bruce Shreiner
  • Tom Shoff
  • Shari Mellin

Meetings:
Board of Aviation Commissioners meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month at 4pm in the Elkhart Municipal Airport Administration Building located at:
1211 County Road West, Elkhart, IN 46514

Board of
Public Safety.

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The Board of Public Safety is comprised of five members appointed by the mayor. Their responsibilities are to oversee the general operations of the police, fire, communications center, and building and code enforcement department. The Board ratifies the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) contract, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) contract, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) contract for the City of Elkhart.

Board Members

Dr. Robert Woods, Chairman
3908 Doral Lane, Elkhart, IN 46517
574-320-5411 | Bobwoods3908@gmail.com

Carol Loshbough, Vice-Chairman
PO Box 846, Elkhart, IN 46515
574-293-1042 | grandmabrie@gmail.com

Anthony Coleman, Member
2131 Frances Ave, Elkhart, IN 46516
574-536-8406 | anthonycoleman40@netzero.net

Rev. Charlie Cross, Member
122 Martin Luther King Dr, Elkhart, IN 46516
618-521-7031 | rvcbcross@att.net

Corinne Straight-Reed, Member
229 S. Second St., Elkhart, IN 46516
574-350-4209 | corinne.straight-reed@coei.org

Meetings:
Board of Public Safety meetings are held the 9am in the Council Chambers on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.

Board of
Public Works.

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The Board of Public Works is comprised of five members appointed by the mayor. Their responsibilities are to oversee all bidding, contracts, agreements, approve policies for various departments, use of City property, as well as the sale of surplus property, and management oversight of the Water and Wastewater Utilities. The Board also negotiates and approves the contract for those employees covered by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Teamsters Unions.

Board Members

Michael Machlan, President
 Elkhart, IN 46514
574-612-1248 | mikemachlan@gmail.com

Chad Crabtree, Vice-President
1420 Cedar St, Elkhart IN 46514
574-596-6750 | chad@alumni.iu.edu

Jamie Arce, Member
229 S Second St, Elkhart, IN 46516
574-294-5471 ext. 1026 | jamie.arce@coei.org

Ronnie Davis, Member
3716 St Andrews Plc, Elkhart, IN 46517
574-370-7777 | Ron.Davis1insurance@gmail.com

Rose Rivera, Member
229 S. Second St., Elkhart, IN 46516
574-304-6911 | Rose.Rivera@coei.org

Board of Public Works meetings are held the 9am in the Council Chambers on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month.

City Council Liaison: Arvis Dawson

Board of
Zoning Appeals.

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The Elkhart City Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a quasi-judicial body whose purpose is the review and consideration of all requests for relief from any standard in the Zoning Ordinance including variances, use variances, special exceptions, conditional use requests, and administrative appeals.  Per State statute, members of the BZA may not be contacted regarding a case prior to the public hearing for a case.  The BZA is comprised of five members, including two Plan Commission members and three citizen members.  The BZA meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.

For more information please visit the Board of Zoning Appeals tab on the Planning and Zoning page.

Building
Inspection Division.

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The Building Department is primarily responsible for conducting building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing inspections within the city limits. Inspections can be made through the individual inspectors located in the staff directory or the Permit Center can be contacted at 574-294-5471 ext 3005.

Request an Inspection

The Building Department approves construction permit applications for new construction, remodeling of existing structures, and the addition, alteration or replacement of electrical, HVAC, plumbing and fire suppression systems. Prior to approval, plans must be submitted and reviewed for completeness and conformance to Indiana Building Codes. Application must be made through the Permit Center.

Plans for any Class 1 (commercial) structure may be required to be filed with the State of Indiana Department of Fire and Building Services prior to any permits being issued. You can click the link below to go to their website.

Indiana State Building Plan Review

The City of Elkhart currently issues licenses for Electrical and HVAC Contractors only. We do, however, register State Licensed Plumbers and bonded Demolition Contractors. Electrical licensing is done by the Electrical Exam Board and Mechanical (HVAC) licensing is done by the Mechanical Exam Board. All licensing and registrations are renewed yearly and processed by the Permit Center.

All Indiana State Building Codes can be accessed here.

Economic Development
Commission.

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The Elkhart Economic Development Commission consists of a three-member board and meets on an as needed basis, typically to approve loan requests for economic development projects.

The current members include:

  • Bob Klose
  • Brent Curry
  • Dave Osborne

Electrical
Exam Board.

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The Electrical Exam Board is the authority approving the issuance of electrical licenses. The Board meets once every quarter to review exam scores and approve licensing. The meetings take place on the 4th Monday of January, April, July and October. This is the only time licenses can be approved to be issued.

The Electrical Exam Board is comprised of the following members:

  • Daniel Riddle – Chairman/Electrical Inspector
  • Kathy Kalman – Local Homeowner
  • Gary Shaum – Electrical Contractor
  • Craig Johnson – Industry Electrician
  • Philip Niemzyk – Journeyman Electrician
  • Don Santerre – Electrical Utility Representative

The exam currently used by the City of Elkhart is the Prometric Master Electrician’s Exam based on the 2008 National Electrical Code. We offer the exam here locally the 2nd Monday of January, April, July and October.

Fire Merit
Commission.

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Members:

  • Jim Rodino, President
  • Mandy Leazenby, Vice-President
  • Cary Miller, Secretary
  • Rev. McNeal Stewart
  • Doug Bowlby

Meetings:
Regular meetings are held at 3:30pm in the Common Chambers on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.

Historic and Cultural
Preservation Commission.

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.The Historic and Cultural Preservation Commission is responsible for overseeing development in the City’s Local Historic Districts and assist property owners in applying for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Properties located in the historic district must conform to Rehabilitation Guidelines contained in the Historic and Cultural Preservation ordinance. All exterior changes to properties in historic districts must be approved by the Historic and Cultural Preservation Commission prior to the start of construction. The HCPC meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.

For more information, please visit the Historic and Cultural Preservation tab on the  Planning and Zoning page. 

Human Relations
Commission.

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The City of Elkhart Human Relations Commission is an enforcement agency where complaints are investigated regarding discrimination in housing, based on race/color, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, sex, and familial status. The Commission has jurisdiction over housing providers located within the corporate limits of the City of Elkhart. The Commission also provides information to local housing providers, agencies, neighborhoods associations, churches, landlord and tenants and organizations about the Federal Fair Housing Act and Landlord & Tenant Relations Indiana Code 32-31. The Commission’s staff can provide fair housing trainings, outreach material, and can review lease agreements and policies to assure compliance with local and federal law.

Members:

  • Crystal Welsh, Chair
  • Amy DeBeck
  • Dana Irving
  • Delia Grafjeda

Staff:

Director of Community & Redevelopment

  • Dana Donald, CD Specialist & Fair Housing

Important News:

Fair Housing Trainings
The City of Elkhart Human Relations Commission in partnership with the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) hosted three fair housing events in 2019. The Commission would like to invite you to learn about the Fair Housing Act by attending fair housing training sessions. Please check back for upcoming training dates for 2022.

50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act
April 11, 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968.

Employment Cases:

The Human Relations Commission no longer investigates employment discrimination cases. If you wish to file an employment discrimination case please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C., Federal Agency):
Phone: 1-800-669-4000, TDD: 1-800-669-6820, website: www.eeoc.gov

Indiana Civil Rights Commission (I.C.R.C., State Agency):
Phone: 1-800-628-2909, TDD: 1-800-743-3333, website: www.in.gov/icrc

For Minimum Wage concerns please contact the Indiana Department of Labor:
Phone: 1-317-232-2655, website: www.in.gov/dol

Mechanical Exam
Board.

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Members:

  • Ron Glick, Chairman/Inspector
  • Steve Clodfelter, Natural Gas Utility
  • Charles Parker, Class A Contractor
  • Bart Lefever, Class AA Contractor
  • Mike Church, Class AAA Contractor
  • Dale McDowell, Local Homeowner

The Mechanical Exam Board meets on the 4th Wednesday of January, April, July and October of each year.

Park
Board.

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Members:

  • Vacant, President
  • Mike Sweet, Vice-President
  • Sarah Santerre, Secretary
  • Nekeisha Alayna Alexis, Treasurer

To reach the Elkhart Park Board Members email elkhartcityboard@coei.org.

Meetings:
Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Council Chambers and begin at 3:30 pm.

Application for Use and Event Permits

Note: A combined permit for both the Parks Department and the Board of Works is required.

Fill out the application and submit it via email, mail, or in-person to the Parks office, located at 1320 Benham Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516.

The application can be found here, and please email elkhartcitypermits@coei.org with any questions. Applicants must be present at the next board meeting to answer questions from the board.

Additional items you may need:

  • 501(c)(3) Form – Not-for-profit organizations
  • Certificate of Insurance Liability – a minimum of $3,000,000 coverage

The Board of Parks and Recreation is composed of four members, with the President of the Board serving as the presiding Officer of the Board. Each member is appointed by the Mayor and serves a four-year term. The Board receives the budget, holds any hearings required by law, and approves the award of all contracts.

Plan
Commission.

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The Elkhart City Plan Commission reviews and approves or recommends action to the Common Council or Board of Zoning Appeals on Rezonings, Subdivisions, Planned Unit Developments (PUDs) and PUD Amendments, Annexations, Special Exceptions, Wireless Communication Facilities, and other development proposals. The Plan Commission also hears appeals from the decisions of the Plat Committee.

The commission is made up of nine members, including a representative from the Common Council, Parks Board and Board of Works, the City Engineer, and five citizen members.  The Plan Commission holds its regular meetings on the first Monday of every month at 1:45 pm in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.

For more information please visit the Plan Commission tab on the Planning and Zoning page.

Plat
Committee.

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The Plat Committee is appointed by the Plan Commission to act on its behalf.  The Plat Committee has the authority to grant primary approval, conditional approval or disapproval of all Minor Subdivisions, grant primary approval, conditional approval or disapproval of all other subdivisions of 3 lots or less, and grant secondary approval for all subdivisions of three lots or less.  The Plat Committee is made up of three members and meets on demand in the Planning Services Division office.

For more information please visit the Plat Committee tab on the Planning and Zoning page.

Police Merit
Commission.

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Members:

  • James Rieckhoff, President
  • Brad Billings, Vice President
  • Clifton Hildreth, Secretary
  • Rev. Jean Mayes
  • Thomas Barber

Meetings:
Regular meetings are held at 9am in the Council Chambers on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.

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Members:

  • Sandi Schreiber, President
  • Wes Steffen, Vice President
  • Alex Holtz, Secretary
  • Gerry Roberts
  • Kurt Bullard
  • Dorisanne Nielsen

Meetings:
All meetings are held at 4pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Council Chambers.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts and Plans:

  • Aeroplex Economic Development Plan
  • Cassopolis Street Economic Development Plan
  • Consolidated South Elkhart Redevelopment Plan
  • Downtown Redevelopment Plan
  • Technology Park Redevelopment Plan

Confirming resolutions for TIF districts were passed on the following dates:

  • Downtown – February 25, 1986
  • Southwest Industrial – November 14, 2000
  • Aeroplex – November 12, 2002
  • Cassopolis – January 10, 2006
  • Consolidated South Elkhart – November 12, 2013

For information regarding the City of Elkhart Redevelopment Commission, contact:

George Byers, Assistant Director for Community and Redevelopment
574-294-5471 ext. 1061 | George.Byers@coei.org

Dana Donald, Office Services
574-294-5471 ext. 1014 | Dana.Donald@coei.org

2021 AGENDAS:

January Meeting

January Special Meeting

February Meeting