C’Shores council considers replacing parks commission
August 19, 2013, 9:00 pm by Alexandria Randolph
Cottonwood Shores City Council is discussing replacing its Parks and Recreation Commission with a Volunteer Parks Committee.
Mayor Pro-Tem Stephen Sherry suggested in the council’s monthly meeting Thursday that a Volunteer Parks Committee should be created with an "ad hoc” structure.
"Members of the community would be members of this parks committee,” he said.
Mayor Donald Orr said that the reason for replacing the current commission was a lack of action.
"In the two and a half months I’ve been in this position, we’ve attempted to have several meetings, and we’ve only had two,” he said. "The parks commission has not functioned very effectively in months. It is restricted in how quickly it can react to things because it is bound by open meetings acts. The power of the commission is only as good as the people on the commission.”
Orr said that while a commission must notify residents about any meetings, quorums or activities where several commissioners are present, a volunteer committee could decide to hold a work or clean-up day without a 72-hour notice.
"A committee can act very unilaterally and get things done,” he said.
Councilmember Marley Porter added that the parks looked in ill shape and had only been maintained by residents who had volunteered to clean them up.
"Noah Thompson (Park) needs a pavilion and drainage, and Aspen has turned into a beautiful park because other people maintain it,” he said.
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