The Sierra Madre City Council encourages citizen participation in its decision-making process through the use of citizen commissions. Currently, there are six citizen commissions established by the Council to advise and assist them in dealing with specific problems (presently the Planning Commission has the responsibilities of the Cultural Heritage Commission). These advisory bodies are able to study a variety of issues and problems in detail. After gathering all pertinent information, hearing arguments, and weighing values, they recommend to the Council what they consider the best action to take. In certain situations, commissions are empowered to make specific decisions, subject to appeal to the Council. Public notice on all commissions are prepared in compliance of the Maddy Act.
Applications - The City of Sierra Madre encourages residents to apply for positions on City commissions that have vacancies. This is a great opportunity for Sierra Madre residents to get involved in the community. Applications are available online and at City Hall and will be accepted until all positions are filled: Application for Commissions, Boards and Committees
Community Services Commission
Meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers, unless otherwise noted. The Community Services Commission is responsible for overseeing the City’s recreation services and programs, special events, parks and facilities. The Commission provides information and recommendations to the City Council. Examples of programs and services overseen by the Commission include: Aquatics, Special Events, Parks, Teen and Youth Services, Transportation just to name a few.
SENIOR COMMUNITY COMMISSION Meets the first Thursday of each month at 3:00pm in the Council Chambers, unless otherwise noted. The Senior Community Commission is responsible for defining the needs of the senior community. The Commission determines needs, locates resources, coordinates services and opportunities and provides funding through the Senior Donation Account for the Hart Park House. Events the Senior Community Commission organizes includes: Older Sierra Madre American of the Year, Seniors Rock Concert, Community Yard Sale and Wellness in the Park.