Northwood City Council has established a Recreation and Parks board to streamline recreation and parks programs and activities.
The five member board will be appointed by the mayor and approved by council. Two members of the board must be from the Northwood Local Board of Education, or appointed by the school board.
Members, who must be residents and registered voters, will serve five-year, staggered terms.
The board will act in an advisory capacity, making recommendations to council concerning the development, maintenance, and operation of playgrounds, recreational facilities, and programs for the city, including fees and rates, according to Administrator Pat Bacon.
The board would also have the following powers to:
• analyze community needs in the parks and recreation area, and recommend programs, activities and improvements;
• plan for both long-range and short-range expansions and changes in parks, park facilities;
• recommend rules and regulations governing the use of parks and recreation facilities, such as closing hours, restrictions on use, and guidelines for use of parks and recreation facilities;
• recommend rates and fees for recreational activities and facilities;
• review and make recommendations to council concerning the need for capital outlays, or the acquisition of major pieces of equipment in the area of parks and recreation;
• recommend the purchase, lease, sale or exchange of real or personal property in the name of the city no longer needed for recreational purposes;
• devise and recommend to council a recreational program for children, young people, and men and women;
• recommend hiring umpire-in-chiefs or providers of services deemed necessary or desirable to carry out programs and duties.
By September 15, the board must annually submit to council a proposed budget, according to Bacon.
The city has had a recreation, but not a parks board.
It also spells out more clearly council’s power to make decisions regarding parks, said Bacon.
City council may close any section of the park upon the recommendation of the board, or upon city council’s own motion, she said, in order to properly conduct the activities of park areas.
The city used to have a recreation director, but that has been eliminated, said Bacon.
Board meetings are public and must be held at least once per month, said Bacon.