Authorities, Boards, and Commissions

Authorities, Boards, and Commissions

Talent Bank Applications are accepted by the City of Altoona for positions on the Authorities, Boards & Commission throughout the year. Appointments are generally made in December or January. Applications will remain on file for one year from remittance date. Contact the City Clerk’s Office with questions at 814-949-2486 or by using this PDF Form

Board Members  

  • The Governing Body

Information

The board serves in an advisory capacity to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health related to the preservation of public health.

Staff

  • Dr. Zane Gates, M.D.
  • Interim Fire Chief Adam Free, Emergency Management Coordinator

Meetings

Scheduled as needed.

Board Members

  • Dave Albright, Architect     
    • Term Expires January 2023      
  • Brian Durbin, Contractor, Alternate
  • Larry Field, Master Electrician
    • Term Expires January 2026
  • Dave Hess, Master Plumber
    • Term Expires January 2025
  • Charles Meyers, Civil Engineer
    • Term Expires January 2023
  • James Potopa, Engineer
    • Term Expires January 2024
  • Carroll White, Structural Engineer, Alternate
Please contact the City Clerk's Office for additonal contact information at 814-949-2486.

Information

This Board was created by Ordinance #5421, adopted March 12, 1997, replacing the Building Code Board of Appeals previously created by Ordinance #3952, adopted May 18, 1967. It shall consist of five (5) individuals. The original terms staggered and thereafter shall be for a period of five (5) years or until his successor has been appointed. The appointments shall be made by recommendation of the Mayor with the approval of Council.

The board shall consist of five (5) members, one from each of the disciplines outlined in the Uniform Construction Code.

This board is responsible for hearing appeals from a decision of the Code Official refusing to grant modifications to the Uniform Construction Code.

Staff

  • Rebecca Brown, Codes & Inspections Director
  • Scott Brown, Building Inspector
  • Solicitor: Tom Finn, Esq.

Meetings

Meet as needed.

Board Members

  • Mitchell Cooper
    • Term Expires January 2024
  • Howard Ermin
    • Term Expires January 2023
  • Bruce Kelley
    • Term Expires January 2027
  • Christopher Kirwin
    • Term Expires January 2026
  • Norman Young
    • Term Expires January 2025
Please contact the City Clerk's Office for additional contact information at 814-949-2486.

Information

Website: http://www.altoonahousing.org

The Altoona Housing Authority, a five (5) member Board, was created to provide housing for individuals and families who cannot afford safe, sanitary housing in the private market. Members are appointed for a five (5) year term by recommendation of the Mayor with the approval of Council.  *Residency requirement.

Staff

  • Cheryl Johns, Executive Director
  • Solicitor: William Haberstroh, Esq.

Meetings

Held the second Wednesday of each month at 8:30 AM in the Board Room of the Housing Authority Administrative Office Building located at 2700 Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona, PA 16602.

Board Members

  • Ted Beam
    • Term Expires January 2025
  • Barry D'Andrea
    • Term Expires January 2023
  • David Betar
    • Term Expires January 2024
  • Sherri McGregor
    • Term Expires January 2027
  • Omar Strohm
    • Term Expires January 2025
Please contact the City Clerk's Office for additional contact information at 814-949-2486.

Information

Five (5) member Board, appointed by recommendation of the Mayor, with the approval of Council, for a term of five (5) years.  *Residency requirement.

Staff

  • Vicky Chilcote, Administrative Assistant
  • Omar Strohm, City Manager
  • Solicitor: Katherine Richards, Esq.

Meetings

Held the third Friday of each month at 11:00 AM in the Parking Authority Board Room, 1225 Eleventh Avenue, Altoona PA 16601.

Altoona City Planning Commission

  • Dave Albright
    • Term Expires January 2025
  • Larry Bilotto
    • Term Expires January 2023
  • James Dixon
    • Term Expires January 2024
  • Richard Haines
    • Term Expires January 2023
  • Michael Haire
    • Term Expires January 2024
  • Randy Isenberg
    • Term Expires January 2023
  • Charles Meyers
    • Term Expires January 2025
Please contact the City Clerk's Office for additional contact information at 814-949-2486.

Information

The Altoona City Planning Commission has a seven (7) member Board appointed by recommendation of the Mayor with the approval of Council. Terms last four (4) years. *Residency requirement.

The PA Municipalities Planning Code establishes the basic authority for the exercise of municipal land use controls in Pennsylvania. It enables municipalities to plan for community development through preparation of a comprehensive development plan and to govern such development through zoning (with or without planned residential development provisions), subdivision and land development, and official map ordinances. The Code provides for the establishment of planning commissions, planning departments, planning committees and zoning hearing boards and authorizes those bodies to charge fees, make inspections and hold public hearings. The Code provides for appropriations, appeals and penalties for violations, and for the posting of performance guarantees to ensure compliance.

Staff

  • Rebecca Brown, Codes & Inspections Director
  • Diana White, Community Development Director
  • Sabrina McMillen, GIS & Land Use Coordinator

Meetings

Held the first Tuesday of each month at 3:00 PM, Altoona City Hall, 4th Floor Conference Room, 1301 12th Street, Altoona, PA 16601.
 

Board Members  

  • Omar Strohm, City Manager
  • Phil Riccio, Altoona Area School District Athletic Director
  • Matt Pacifico, Mayor of the City of  Altoona
  • Joe Metzgar, Logan Township Supervisor
  • Kelly Irwin-Adams, Altoona Area School Board Member
  • Camilla Houy, Altoona Area School District Business Manager
  • Ed Frontino, Logan Township Supervisor
  • Joe Carper, Councilman of the City of  Altoona
  • Tim Brown, Logan Township Manager

Information

Website: www.cbrcparks.org

Central Blair Recreation Commission (CBRC) was founded in 1993 by the City of Altoona, Logan Township and the Altoona Area School District. An Inter-Municipal Agreement coordinates the City, the Township and the School District to administer parks and recreation programs and activities, facilities and policies.

Staff

  • Mike Hofer - Executive Director
  • Solicitor: Dan Stants, Esq.

Meetings

Held as follows:

Logan Township Municipal Building, 100 Chief Logan Circle, Altoona, PA  16602 at 3:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays in 2022:  

January 20
March 17
May 19
July 21
September 15
November 17

 To view the board minutes go to www.cbrcparks.org

Board Members

  • Ron Beatty
  • Omar Strohm
  • Jim Patterson
  • Joe Metzger
  • Tim Brown
  • Brady Leahey
  • Jim Gehret

Information

The Intermunicipal Relations Committee (IRC) was established in 1990 as a recycling committee in order to address recycling, which is a mandate by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Act 101. In 1997 the IRC from the Intermunicipal Recycling Committee to the Intermunicipal Relations Committee and functions as a Council of Governments (COG). The COG is made up of the City of Altoona, the Township of Logan and the Borough of Hollidaysburg.

Staff

  • Brock Bryan, Executive Director
  • John Keith, Facility Manager
  • Julie Dilling, Education & Enforcement Coordinator

Meetings

Held the fourth* Tuesday of every other month at 4:30 PM, Altoona City Hall, 4th Floor Conference Room, 1301 12th Street, Altoona, PA 16601.
* November meeting are held on the third Tuesday of the month.

Board Members

  • Ron Beatty
    • Term Expires January 2024
  • Richard Fiore Jr.
    • Term Expires January 2026
  • Louisa Lobre-Riley
    • Term Expires January 2027
  • Mayor Matt Pacifico
    • Term Expires January 2027
  • Jessica Sprouse
    • Term Expires January 2027
Please contact the City Clerk's Office for additional contact information at 814-949-2486.

Information

The Redevelopment Authority derives its powers and duties from the Pennsylvania State Urban Redevelopment Law. It executes urban renewal projects and manages the Altoona Transportation Center. In addition to these duties, the Redevelopment Authority has been designated to act as the Land Bank for the City. The purpose of the Land Bank is to effectively facilitate the return of blighted, abandoned and functionally obsolete properties to productive reuse. In its capacity as Land Bank, the Redevelopment Authority acquires vacant, abandoned, and tax delinquent properties, clears them of liabilities, and transfers them to new owners for rehabilitation and redevelopment.

Five (5) member Board, appointed by the recommendation of the Mayor with the approval of Council, for a term of five (5) years. *Residency requirement.

Staff

  • Rebecca Brown, Codes & Inspections Director
  • Solicitor: Elizabeth Benjamin, Esq.

Meetings

Held the 3rd Friday of each month at 8:30 AM in the 4th Floor Conference Room of Altoona City Hall Located at 1302 12th Street, Altoona, PA 16601.

Links

Land Bank Ordinance, Policies, Cooperation Agreement & Resources

Board Members

  • Cory Gehret
    • Term Expires January 2024
  • Barbara Kooman
    • Term Expires January 2026
  • William Neugebauer
    • Term Expires January 2025
  • Jack Speece
    • Term Expires January 2023
  • Omar Strohm
    • Term Expires January 2027
Please contact the City Clerk's Office for additional contact information at 814-949-2486.

Information

Website: https://www.altoonawater.com/

This five (5) member board is appointed by the recommendation of the Mayor with the approval of Council, for a term of five (5) years. *Residency requirement.

Staff

  • Mark Perry, General Manager
  • Solicitor: Dave Consiglio, Esq.
  • Gwin, Dobson & Foreman, Inc., Consulting Engineer

Meetings

Held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 9:00 AM - Altoona Water Authority, 900 Chestnut Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601

Board Members

  • Monica Klatt
    • Term Expires January 2026
  • Tom Farrell
    • Term expires January 2023
  • Mark Ritchey
    • Term Expires January 2024
  • Tim Hileman
    • Term Expires January 2027
  • Jordan Settle
    • Term Expires January 2027
Please contact the City Clerk's Office for additional contact information at 814-949-2486.

Information

Website: http://www.amedems.org/

Five (5) Altoona Board members, appointed by the recommendation of the Mayor with the approval of Council, for five (5) year terms, and two (2) Logan Township Board members. *Residency Requirement

Staff

  • Gary Watters, Director
  • Solicitor: Dan Stants, Esq.

Meetings

Held the third Monday of each month at 12:00 Noon at the AMED Business Office located at 106 Reimer Street, Altoona, PA 16602.

Board Members

  • Bob Baranik
    • Term Expires January 2023
  • Larry Bilotto
    • Term Expires January 2027
  • Scott Cessna
    • Term Expires January 2026
  • Tim Hite
    • Term Expires January 2024
  • Bruce Kelley
    • Term Expires January 2027
Please contact the City Clerk's Office for additional contact information at 814-949-2486.

Information

Website: https://www.amtran.org/

AMTRAN is a joint Municipal Authority of the City of Altoona and Logan Township. It was founded in 1958 to provide public transportation service as a successor to the defunct Altoona & Logan Valley Electric Railway, the trolley company.

AMTRAN is a Seven (7) member Board of Directors with staggered five-year terms. Five are appointed by the recommendation of the Mayor with the approval of Council. Two are appointed by Logan Township. *Residency requirement.

Staff

  • Eric Wolf, General Manager
  • Solicitor: Elizabeth Benjamin, Esq.

Meetings

Held the third Wednesday of each month at 8:00 AM at The Trollyworks Conference Room, 3316 5th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602.

Board Members

  • Ted Beam (Alternate Member)
    • Term Expires January 2025
  • Donald Belsey
    • Term Expires January 2025
  • Mitch Cooper (Alternate Member)
    • Term Expires January 2024
  • Janice Freehling (Alternate Member)
    • Term Expires January 2026
  • John Garritano
    • Term Expires January 2024
  • Richard Wagner
    • Term Expires January 2026
Please contact the City Clerk's Office for additional contact information at 814-949-2486.

Information

The Board shall consist of three (3) citizens who are qualified electors of the City who shall be appointed by the recommendation of the Mayor with the approval of Council, for terms of four (4) years. There may be (3) three alternate members appointed by Council. No City officer, official or employee shall be eligible for appointment to said Civil Service Board, per 53 P.S. Section 39861.1, as amended.

The board shall provide for and oversee the examination of applicants for appointment to and promotion to positions in the police or fire department.

The board shall hear matters of non-uniformed employees of the City employed prior to May 19, 2014 as explained in Ord. 5718 adopted 6/13/18.

Staff

  • Joseph Merrill, Police Chief
  • Adam Free, Fire Chief
  • Holly Buchanan, Human Resources Manager

Meetings

This Board meets as needed for entrance and promotional eligibility list development and certification of lists of same. Tests to develop both lists are normally given every two years.

This Board also meets for hearings for eligible civil service employees of the Electrical/Engineering Departments of the City as explained above.  

Board Members

  • Joseph Eckels
    • Term Expires January 2025
  • Charles Kimmen III
    • Term Expires January 2024
  • Christopher Marana
    • Term Expires January 2024
  • Thomas Schultz
    • Term Expires January 2026
  • Michael Seidel
    • Term Expires January 2026
  • Stu Sellers
    • Term Expires January 2025
  • Lou Ventura
    • Term Expires January 2026
Please contact the City Clerk's Office for additional contact information at 814-949-2486.

Information

Eight (8) member board, appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council, for five (5) year terms. 

Ordinance No. 5771 and Ordinance No. 5772, adopted 10/14/2020 amended Chapter 314 "Electricians" and Chapter 542, "Plumbers" of the Code of the City of Altoona establishing the Electrical & Plumbing Examiners Board; amending the qualifications for Master Electrician and Journeyman Certificates;  amending the application for certificates; increasing the amount of property damage and personal liability insurance; changing the location for payment of certificates; amending the qualifications for Master Plumber and Journeyman Certificates.  

The Board consists of three (3) Licensed Electricians, three (3) Licensed Plumbers, one (1) General Contractor and one (1) Layperson from the general public.

Staff

  • Rebecca Brown, Codes & Inspections Director

Meetings

Meet as needed.

Board Members

  • Ron Beatty
  • Dave Butterbaugh
  • Joe Carper
  • Dave Ellis
  • Jesse Ickes
  • Bruce Kelley
  • Matt Pacifico

Information

The Goodman Trust Recreation Grant was established by Martin and Mabel Goodman. The mission is to award interest proceeds from the Goodman Trust Fund for the development, maintenance and operation of public recreational facilities in Altoona. Grant applications are available annually in the City Clerk's Office in the month of March or April.

Staff

  • Linda Rickens Schellhammer, City Clerk

Meetings

Council will approve expenditures annually at their Council Meeting in April, May or June.

Zoning Hearing Board

  • Ted Beam
    • Term Expires January 2026
  • Mariska Eash
    • Term Expires January 2023
  • Cory Gehret
    • Term Expires January 2027
  • Matthew Gindlesperger
    • Term Expires January 2024
  • Horace McAnuff
    • Term Expires January 2026
Please contact the City Clerk's Office for additional contact information at 814-949-2486.

Information

This five (5) member board is appointed by the recommendation of the Mayor with the approval of Council, for a term of five (5) years. *Residency requirement.  The Zoning Hearing Board is created by the Municipalities Planning Code and Title I Article III Sections 301 through 3091.

The Zoning Hearing Board is responsible for hearing and deciding requests for variances and/or special exceptions where it is alleged that the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance inflict unnecessary hardship unique to the applicant. In granting any variance or special exception, the Board may attach such reasonable conditions as it may deem necessary to implement the purposes of the Zoning Ordinance.

Staff

  • Rebecca Brown, Codes & Inspections Director
  • Solicitor: William Stokan, Esq.

Meetings

Held the second Wednesday of each month at 1:15 PM, City Hall 4th Floor Conference Room, 1301 12th Street, Altoona, PA 16601.