CITY OF TEXARKANA, AR

REQUEST FOR BOARD ACTION

 

AGENDA TITLE:  Adopt an Ordinance to create a Citizens Park and Recreation Advisory Board.  (BOD) (This item added to the agenda at the request of Director Laney Harris)

 

AGENDA DATE:  July 17, 2017

ITEM#:  13

DEPARTMENT:   Board of Directors

DATE SUBMITTED:  06/13/2017

PREPARED BY: (This item added to the agenda at the request of Director Laney Harris)

SUBJECT: (This item added to the agenda at the request of Director Laney Harris)

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APPROVAL:

(This item added to the agenda at the request of Director Laney Harris)

 

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SUMMARY: (This item added to the agenda at the request of Director Laney Harris)

BOARD ACTION: This item was not approved by staff.

EMERGENCY CLAUSE: none requested

 

 

 

ORDINANCE NO. ______

 

AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A PARKS AND RECREATION CITIZEN ADVISORY BOARD; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

 

WHEREAS, the purpose of this Ordinance is to establish a Parks & Recreation Citizen Advisory Board to advise Texarkana, Arkansas Board of City Directors and staff on how to best provide safe and comprehensive parks and recreation facilities, programs, and services on behalf of all current and future residents of the City of Texarkana Arkansas; and

WHEREAS, In order to increase community involvement it is in the public interest for the City of Texarkana, Arkansas to establish an Parks & Recreation Citizen Advisory Board;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE CITY OF TEXARKANA ARKANSAS that there is created Article IV to Chapter 17 entitled “Parks and Recreation Citizen Advisory Board” containing the following numbered Sections:

Sec. 17-70  Creation of Parks and Recreation Citizen Advisory Board.  There is hereby established a Parks and Recreation Citizen Advisory Board for the purpose of assisting and providing suggestions to the Board of Directors on how to best provide safe and comprehensive parks and recreation facilities, programs, and services on behalf of all current and future residents of the City of Texarkana Arkansas. 

 

            Sec. 17-71  Membership, Terms, Attendance, Vacancies. 

(a)   Voting Members.  The Parks and Recreation Citizen Advisory Board, shall consist of no more than nine (9) voting members, appointed (as necessary from time to time) by a majority vote of the Board of Directors, each of such members shall reside in the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, as follows:  one member from each ward; one member from the City at large; one member that is a student of in the Ninth (9th), Tenth (10th), Eleventh (11th) or Twelfth (12th) Grade and enrolled in an Arkansas public school system school located in the City of Texarkana, Arkansas; and, one member who is also a member of the Quorum Court of Miller County, Arkansas. 

(b)   Ex Officio Members.  The Parks Superintendent for the City of Texarkana, Arkansas and the Assistant Public Works Director for the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, shall be Ex Officio members of the board created by this Article and may participate in meetings and discussion, provided that such ex officio members shall not be entitled to vote on any matter or count for any purpose as relates to establishment of a quorum or conducting business.

(c)   Term of Office.  Voting Members of the board created by this Article shall have regular terms as follows:  Members appointed for one of the ward positions or at large positions shall have 4 year terms coinciding with the term of the position of the Director from or, for the at-large position, the Mayor (it being recognized that the initial term of members of the board created by this article may extend a full four years) and members appointed for the school or county positions shall have two year terms.  In the event that a member no longer qualifies for the position he or she holds, then that member’s seat shall be deemed vacant.  No voting member may serve more than two consecutive terms (or portion thereof in the event of service of a partial term) on this board without at least two years passing since last holding a position on such board.  

(d)   Attendance.  In the event that a Voting Members misses more than three (3) consecutive meetings, the remaining members of the board may elect, by majority vote of the remaining member to declare the position vacant.  

(e)   Vacancies.  Should any member of the board created by this Article fail to serve his or her entire term, the Board of Directors may appoint a person to complete any unexpired term.

            PASSED AND APPROVED this 17th day of July, 2017.

 

 

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Ruth Penney Bell, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

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Heather Soyars, City Clerk

 

APPROVED:

 

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George M. Matteson, City Attorney