Plum Council appoints residents to the various Boro Boards and Commissions to advise and assist Council with the many issues that are presented to the Boro each month. With a few exceptions, Board and Committee approvals or recommendations are advisory only and non-binding.
Civil Service Commission
The Commission is responsible for advising council on matters regarding the Civil Service rules and regulations for hiring and promotion of Plum Borough police officers and command staff. The commission is also responsible for the oversight and certification of the police officer candidate testing and evaluation process. The Commission also has judiciary authority in cases of police personnel disciplinary action.
Construction Board of Appeals
The Board is authorized to hear applications for and approve or deny requests for proposed construction modifications associated with a denied building permit. The Board is authorized to approve variances to the PA Uniform Construction Code (state-wide building regulations) if circumstances warrant relief from building code requirements. Approved variances are non-precedent setting and each case is reviewed independently.
The Board is responsible for the daily management and overall supervision of the operations and programs of the Plum Library. The Library Board is an independent entity and does not rely on direct council oversight of their actions.
Municipal Authority Board
The Board is responsible for the daily management and overall supervision of the operations and delivery of public water and sanitary sewage services to all Plum residents. The Authority Board is an independent entity and does not rely on direct council oversight of their actions.
The Commission is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations to Council for all commercial and residential land developments and major subdivisions that are proposed in the Boro. The Commission also hears requests for conditional use applications and advises council on proposed legislative changes regarding zoning and land use regulations.
The sole responsibility of the Board is to cast a deciding vote when a vacancy exists on Borough Council and the Council is split on the replacement.
Zoning Hearing Board
The Board hears requests from property owners who propose construction or land improvements which cannot conform to the established zoning regulations. Requests for a “zoning variance” are only to be approved in accordance with the criteria established by the state of Pennsylvania. The Zoning Hearing Board is a “quasi-judicial body” and the decisions rendered by the Board are binding. Zoning Hearing Board decisions must be appealed to the PA Common Pleas Court.
Residents who are interested in serving on one of these Boards and Commissions should contact their council members or Mayor. When a vacancy occurs, the Boro will advertise and announce that they are accepting letters of interest for these positions.