Village government consists of three boards - the Board of Trustees, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Planning Board. The three boards each have different purposes and act independently of each other. The mayor and members of the Board of Trustees are elected by the general public. The Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Board members are officials appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Zoning Appeals and the Planning Board each have five members. The Board of Trustees consists of the Mayor and six Trustees.
The mayor is the chief executive officer of the village and presides over the six member Board of Trustees. The mayor and six trustees are elected for staggered two-year terms, with elections being held every year. The Board of Trustees is the legislative body of the village and has a broad grant of power that enables it to adopt a wide range of local laws to address village concerns. The Board of Trustees generally meets on the second Thursday of each month, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Board of Zoning Appeals is responsible for the interpretation of zoning laws and amendments that are enacted by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Zoning Appeals is only authorized to hear appeals from a decision made by the Building Inspector. The second type of jurisdiction of the Board of Zoning Appeals is to issue variances from the zoning law. Variances are permission granted by the Board of Zoning Appeals so that property may be used in a manner not allowed by the zoning law adopted by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Zoning Appeals is also given authority to determine nonconforming use status. A nonconforming use is a use that lawfully existed prior to the enactment of the local zoning law and which is still in existence even though it does not comply with the current law.
The Planning Board has the authority over subdivisions within the village.