After some discussion, the Cherokee City Council, voted to advertise the position of Recreation Director, the position previously held by Rich Hinkhouse.
Currently, Duane Mummert, parks superintendent, and Linda Peterson, community center director, have been filling in as best they can for the absence of a recreation director.
Ron Johnson, city council member, questioned whether the city needed to replace the position with a full time employee in light of budget limitations that could result in reduction of the number of city positions.
"Public safety, comes before recreation," Johnson stated. He suggested that the city might need to cut back on the number of programs it operates and seek more volunteer help for some of the programs.
"I don't see how we can consider not replacing that position," Ron Strickland, city administrator, said, "We can ask Duane and Linda to step up to do more, but I think they were already stepping up a great deal."
Dennis Henrich said that the recreational activities in the community require a knowledgeable person to run it. "As for Duane and Linda, they know what a basketball looks like, but they are not qualified to run these programs."
Marty Zauhar, council member, praised the number of recreational activities that are available and many of them involve young adults rather than just kids.
Wally Miller, Jr., city attorney, said he has been involved in department of rec activities and it's an important part of the community.
Bill Troth, city council member, said, "I don't want to wait for these programs to be a shipwreck before we hire somebody to straighten them out."
It was pointed out that an upcoming need was for a certified pool operator. The pool will not be able to open up without one.
Dwight Varce, council member suggested that the city check with Marcus and Aurelia, towns that also have pools, for the possibility of sharing a pool operator temporarily as an emergency measure.
Strickland said that when the city does find a recreation director, it is doubtful the director will put in as many hours as the former one did.