Prepares and recommends to the City Council a Comprehensive Plan for the present and future development of the City, and land within one and one-half miles beyond the corporate limits, and reviews and makes recommendations on land use, zoning and development applications.
Holds public hearings to authorize variances from strict application to the Zoning Code and hears appeals in a determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the Zoning Code.
Staff and City Council in the development, review and promotion of sound fiscal policies and procedures for the City.
Assists staff and the City Council in the promotion of parks and recreation in the City.
Assists staff and the City Council promoting economic development in the City.
Holds in perpetual trust all funds received for the maintenance, care, repair, upkeep or ornamentation of any of the City's cemeteries, lots, or graves and cares for and manages the cemeteries, under the supervision of the City Council.
Assists staff in establishing, supporting and maintaining a public library to provide library services.
Shall have the powers set forth in Division 2.1 of Article 10 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (65 ILCS Secs. 5/10-2.1-1 to 5/10-2.1-17 and 5/10-2.1-19 et. seq.), said powers include matters related to police and fire departments pursuant to statute.
Shall have the powers and duties provided in 40 ILCS 5/3-132 through 40 ILCS 5/3-140.1 of the Illinois Pension Code.