BECOME INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Serving on a Board or Commission is a direct reflection of interest and dedication of our citizens in making Odessa a better place to live.
Citizens of Odessa have the opportunity to serve on a City board or commission as appointed by the Mayor and Council. Serving on a board is an excellent way of becoming involved in our local government. Some boards have special requirements or qualifications for membership. The City Council invites you to fill out an application
The Mayor and City Council make all the appointments to the Boards and Commissions. Citizens interested in being appointed are urged to obtain and fill out an application
[PDF] from the City Secretary’s office at City Hall.
Eligibility and qualifications
The qualifications required to serve on a particular board or commission are determined by ordinance or State statute. Many of the boards do not have specific eligibility requirements beyond residency.
Terms of Office
Board and commission terms are two-years, with the opportunity to serve additional terms.
How to Apply
You can fill out and submit or print out and mail the application to the City Secretary’s office.
If you have any questions on Boards and Commission, please call or Email the City Secretary’s office
at (432) 335-3276.
List of Boards and Commissions
Animal Shelter Advisory Committee
The advisory committee assists the animal control officer to comply with requirements and develops policy for the operation of the Animal Shelter. Meets as needed at least 3 times a year.
Board of Survey
The board determines what action should be taken regarding buildings which the building official has classified as not meeting safety standards or which owners have refused or failed to remove or repair. Meets on the 4th Wednesday of every other month at 8:30 a.m.
Building Board of Appeals
The board hears disputes concerning construction requirements of the BOCA Basic Building Code and City Ordinances. They may affirm, reverse or modify a decision of the building official. Meets as needed.
Cable Franchise Committee
The committee reviews municipal franchise matters relating to cable companies. Meets as needed.
Colorado River Municipal Water District
The purpose of this governmental agency is for the impounding waters and developing and acquiring underground sources of water, and constructing and acquiring all facilities necessary and useful for the purpose of processing water and transporting it to its member cities and other customers. Meets as needed.
Community Development Advisory Committee
The committee holds public hearings, assesses needs, evaluates and makes recommendations to the City Council regarding proposals of outside public service non-profit agencies requesting allocation of CDBG funds. Meets as needed.
Electrical Board of Appeals
The board adopts rules and regulations for the examination of applicants for license for master electrician and journeyman electrician; to fix reasonable items and place for examinations of applicants; to make rules and regulations for re-examinations. Meets 2nd Wednesday after 1st Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m.
Emergency 9-1-1 Advisory Board
The board determines methods and sources of funding for emergency services, sets the amount of fees each year for the annual budget, and sets up depository. Meets 1st Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
The commission designates a historic, architectural and cultural landmark, and maintains inventory of significant landmarks. Meets as needed, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m.
Housing Authority of the City of Odessa
The board administers programs that provide safe, sanitary and decent housing for low and moderate income families. Meets on last Wednesday of each month.
Mechanical Board of Appeals
The board hears appeals arising out of the provisions of the code. Meets as needed.
Midland Odessa Urban Transit District
The board researches, develops, prepares, and submits to the City Councils an urban transit district plan with short-term and long-term goals for urban transportation for the Cities. Meets monthly.
Odessa Development Corporation (ODC)
The corporation promotes and develops industrial and manufacturing enterprises in order to eliminate unemployment and bring in new jobs. Meets 2nd Thursday of each month 1 p.m.
Odessa Enterprise Zone Committee
Provides incentives for private investments and removes unnecessary governmental regulatory barriers, as well as tax abatements. Meets as needed.
Odessa Housing Finance Corporation
The corporation provides financing the cost of residential ownership and development for residents of the City at affordable prices. Meets monthly.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
The board hears citizen complaints, completes special projects, identifies problems, needs or other issues relating to the Parks and Recreation and make recommendations to the City Council. Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month.
Permian Basin Airport Advisory Board
The board obtains information from citizens with regard to the development and maintenance of the Midland International Airport. Meets 3rd Tuesday, four times a year, at 10:30 a.m., Midland International Airport, Media Room.
Permian Basin Community Center for MH/MR Board of Trustees
The board's purpose is to provide, coordinate and develop a local program of mental health services including research, prevention and detection of mental disorders and disabilities. Meets 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Planning and Zoning Commission
The commission makes recommendations to the City Council regarding planning and zoning matters, approves plans, plats, and re-plats. They recommend a comprehensive plan for the physical development of the City. Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m.
Plumbing Advisory Board
The board makes recommendations to be subject to review by the Building Board of Appeals. Meets as needed, City Hall.
Traffic Advisory Committee
The committee makes recommendations to Council to implement corrective action on matters of traffic safety traffic congestion. Meets as needed.
Zoning Board of Adjustment
The Board hears and decides appeals, special exceptions and authorize upon appeal in special cases certain variances. Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m., City Hall, 5th Floor, Council Chamber.