A newly-appointed Cherokee Parks & Recreation Department Advisory Board is scheduled to hold its inaugural meeting later this month, according to Cherokee City Administrator Don Eikmeier.
The Cherokee City Council in a recent meeting unanimously approved a motion that would authorize City staff to prepare an ordinance to create a City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Cherokee had such a Board for many years in the past, but it was disbanded several years ago because of alleged "control" conflicts with the City, the Council, and the Parks & Recreation Board.
The concept of re-establishing the Board has been embraced by City Parks Superintendent Duane Mummert, and City Recreation Director Dave Ellis, who would welcome the guidance and public input by such a Board in its advisory capacity.
However, any proposed changes, projects, purchasing, employment, etc. would still require Mummert and Ellis to go through the proper City Administrator and Council channels.
Among the issues that could surface, according to City Administrator Don Eikmeier, range from maintenance challenges in the Parks and Bacon Aquatics Center, to addressing problems with equipment repairs, and ongoing or new adult recreational programs.
The new ordinance creating the Advisory Board defines the size of the Board, length of appointment, general duties and responsibilities.
At a recent City Council meeting, Cherokee Mayor Mark Murphy made the appointments to the Board official by naming five Board members and defining their staggered term lengths.
The new Board members include Deb Hankens - three years; Troy Valentine - three years; Sheree Hausmann - two years; Matt Royster - two years; and Denny Holton - one year. Chad Carey was named as an alternate by Mayor Murphy.
Holton previously served on the old Advisory Board several years ago.
The new five-person Board was selected by Murphy from a list of a dozen who threw their hats into the ring.