Under the Borough Code, the Borough is authorized to form Authorities, Boards, & Commissions (ABCs) to assist the work of municipal management. Some groups are advisory, some are quasi-judicial, and some have operating status.
Well-run Boroughs make good use of their ABCs as a means to bring expertise to municipal decision-making, increase civic involvement in the Borough government, to improve the responsiveness of the government, and many more reasons. Most Boroughs in Pennsylvania have a dozen up to more than two dozen ABCs.
The typical Borough Council agenda will have several dozen separate items. By authorizing an appropriate body to concentrate on highly significant issues, the Borough Council can leverage the abilities, experiences, and time of volunteer residents to help make thoughtful improvements.
Currently, the Mount Pocono Borough Council has merely three boards:
Zoning Hearing Board
(meets the 2nd Tuesday, but only when needed)
Parks and Recreation Committee
(meets 3rd Thursdays, even months are work sessions)