Board of Zoning Appeals

Established in 1949, their purpose is, in specific cases, to handle appeals of rulings of the Plan Commission concerning the enforcement of provisions of the Town’s Zoning Ordinance. They may authorize (by permit) variations of the application of use and area district regulations based on their findings. The B.Z.A. hold their regular meeting on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M.

The members of the Board are:
Mike Aurelio
John Kennedy
Mark LaReau
Paul Panczuk
Libby Popovic

To view the minutes of this board please click here. Please note that minutes can be posted until they are approved by the board or commission.

To contact the Board please call the Building and Planning Department at (219) 365-5301 option 5 then 1


Contractors Board

The Contractors Board was established to monitor and review the performance of licensed Contractors working within the corporate limits of St. John. This Board has the authority to revoke the license of a Contractor upon review of a citizen complaint or when the Building Commissioner finds cause to do so. This Board meets as needed on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 P.M.

The members of the Board are:
Jon Gill
Joseph Gomeztagle
Richard P Hoover
Steven Kozel Sr.
Dale Robert

To contact the Board please call the Town Managers Office at (219) 365-6465 option 1


Economic Development Committee

The members of the board are:
Chairman: Nick Georgiou
Vice Chairman: Bill Keith
Secretary: Rich Setlak
Member: John DeYoung
Member: Gina Fezler
Member: Kelly Stoming
Member: Mark Barenie (Town Council)
Member: Steve Kil (Town Manager)

To view the minutes of this committee please click here. Please note that minutes can be posted until they are approved by the board or commission.

To contact the Committee please call the Town Managers Office at (219) 365-6465 option 1


Park Board

The St. John Park Board meets monthly to discuss future park projects, review recreation programs and approves monthly billing expenses charged to the parks department. They also participate in several park programs including the Easter Egg Hunt and Boobash.

Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

The members of the Board are:
Frank Bradtke Jr
Carl Miklusak
John Rainwater
Chip Sobek, Superintendent
Melissa Stefanko

To view the minutes of this board please click here. Please note that minutes can be posted until they are approved by the board or commission.

To contact the Board please call the Park and Recreation Department at (219) 365-6236.


Plan Commission

Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. A Study Session is held the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

The members of the Board are:
Robert A Birlson
Steve Flores
Michael S Forbes (Town Council)
John Kennedy
Steven Kozel Sr
Paul Panczuk
Gregory J Volk (Town Council)

To view the minutes of this board please click here. Please note that minutes can be posted until they are approved by the board or commission.

To contact the Board please call the Building and Planning Department at (219) 365-5301 option 5.


Police Commission

The St. John Metropolitan Board of Police Commissioners was created by statute and established to oversee St. John Police Department operations, including hiring, firing, promoting or demoting of Police personnel. The Commission holds it’s regular meeting on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 P.M. If a Study Session is required it is held at the 6:00 time period and the regular meeting is held at it’s conclusion.

The members of the Board are:
Paul Haluska
Rose Hejl
Robert Long
Charles Sawyer
Kevin Vana

To view the minutes of this board please click here. Please note that minutes can be posted until they are approved by the board or commission.

To contact the Board please call the Police Department at (219) 365-6032.


Redevelopment Commission

The Redevelopment Commission was established to promote the Town of St. John. This Board meets as needed on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 P.M.

The members of the Board are:
Mark Barenie (Town Council)
Dr. John DeVries
Michael S Forbes (Town Council)
Stephen Hastings (Town Council)
Christian J Jorgensen (Town Council)
Gregory J Volk (Town Council)

To view the minutes of this board please click here. Please note that minutes can be posted until they are approved by the board or commission.

To contact the Board please call the Town Managers Office at (219) 365-6465 option 1.


Sanitary District and Waterworks Boards

The Sanitary District and Waterworks Boards were established to address any and all water and wastewater issues within the Utility District borders. They meet together on the same evenings. These Boards hold regular meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:00 P.M.

The members of the Sanitary District Board are:
Frank Bradtke Jr
Kenneth D Gembala
Rob Kmetz
Richard Setlak
Patricia Sims-Smierciak

The members of the Waterworks Board are:
Michael S Forbes (Town Council)
Christian J Jorgensen (Town Council)
Gregory J Volk (Town Council)

To view the minutes of the Sanitary District and Waterworks Boards before they split into separate meetings in June of 2012 please click here.
To view the minutes of the Sanitary District starting June of 2012 please click here.
To view the minutes of the Waterworks Board starting June of 2012 please click here.

Please note that minutes can be posted until they are approved by the board or commission.

To contact either Board please call the Town Manager’s Office at 219-365-6465 option 1.


Town Council

The five Town Council Members make policy decisions in accord with procedures and responsibilities set out in State law. The Town Manager carries out policies and directives of the Council.

Council Members have four-year terms, which are staggered so that four seats are filled by elections every four years. Town elections for Town Council are held in the second Tuesday in November.

The Town Council appoints several boards and commissions as well as various advisory committees and task forces which are created from time to time.

Regular Business Meetings

The Council have regular business meetings at 7 p.m. on the 4th Thursday of every month (except November and December) in the Council Chambers at Town Hall. There is only one November meeting held on the third Thursday. The December meeting(s) fluctuate, please check the Event Calendar for the date. Holidays and other events may affect the meeting schedule.

Citizens who speak at Council meetings are asked to make comments within 3 minutes as a courtesy to others. Written information may be presented to provide detailed information. For more information, please call the Town Managers office at 219-365-6465 option 1.

Public Hearings

The Council may hold public hearings on subdivision, zoning, special use and master land use plan proposals on the 4th Thursday of each. Holidays and other events may affect hearing dates.

The members of the Town Council are:

Christian J Jorgensen, President
Mark Barenie, Vice President
Michael S Forbes
Stephen Hastings
Gregory J Volk

To view the minutes of this board please click here. Please note that minutes can be posted until they are approved by the board or commission.

To contact the Board please call the Town Manager’s Office at (219)365-6465 x1 or click on the member’s name to send them an email.