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(A) Department of Parks and Recreation. Under the provisions of I.C. 36-10-3 there is hereby re-established a municipal Department of Parks and Recreation.
(B) Park and Recreation Board; membership.
(1) A Park and Recreation Board shall be re-established composed of:
(a) Four members appointed by the Mayor on the basis of their interest in and knowledge of parks and recreation. No more than two members shall be of the same political party. Members must be residents of Whitley County, Indiana. Neither a municipal executive nor a member of the Common Council may serve on the Board.
(b) One ex officio member who is appointed by the Board of School Trustees.
(2) The School Board shall fill any vacancies of their ex officio members. Ex officio board members have all the rights of regular members, including the right to vote.
(C) Terms of office.
(1) Upon establishment of the Board, the terms of the members initially appointed shall be:
(a) One member for a term of one year;
(b) One member for a term of two years;
(c) One member for a term of three years; and
(d) One member for a term of four years.
(2) As a term expires, each new appointment shall be made by the Mayor for a term of four years. All terms expire on the first Monday in January, but a member shall continue in office until his or her successor is appointed. If an appointment for a new term is not made by the Mayor by the first Monday in April, the incumbent shall serve another term. If a vacancy occurs, the Mayor shall appoint a new member for the remainder of the unexpired term.
(D) Election of officers. At its first regular meeting in each year, the Board shall elect a President and Vice-President. The Vice-President shall have authority to act as the President of the Board during the absence or disability of the President. The Board may select a Secretary either from within or without its own membership.
(1980 Code, § 32.01) (Ord. 569, passed 6-25-1968; Am. Ord. 765, passed 8-9-1983; Am. Ord. 2001-21, passed 12-11-2001; Am. Ord. 2017-31, passed 12-12-2017)
Appointment of Board members, see I.C. 36-10-3-4
Board to have control of parks, see I.C. 36-10-5-2
Powers and duties of Board, see I.C. 36-10-3-11
Terms of Board members, see I.C. 36-10-3-5