The Press Newspaper
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:
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.