Municipal Services Director Dan Madden presented a proposal for the Turlock City Council to authorize expanding the Parks, Recreation and Community (PRC) Commission from 7 members to 13 members.
At the December 8, 2009 City Council Meeting, Councilwoman Mary Jackson requested discussion of expanding the Parks, Recreation and Community Commission from 7 members to 13 members.
Madden noted that during the last 36 months the PRC Commission was unable to formally meet on 9 occasions due to a lack of 4 members for a quorum. During the same time frame a full attendance of commissioners occurred only 4 times.
Councilwoman Amy Bublak asked Madden what the PRC Commission’s suggestions were.
Madden stated that this came to staff so fast and that the next monthly PRC Commission Meeting was on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 so the PRC Commission had not been addressed.
Councilwoman Mary Jackson stated that the reason she wanted to expand the PRC Commission was to create more community involvement and increase the ability of the PRC Commission to generate funds for Parks and Recreation functions and future facilities, possibly starting an endowment fund.
Councilwoman Jackson has mentioned this idea in several public meetings along with adding youth representation as ex-officio members to the commission.
Councilwoman Bublak questioned the rush and Mayor Lazar stated that he put it on the agenda as it was a request of Councilwoman Jackson. Councilwoman Bublak was concerned that the PRC Commission wasn’t even consulted and suggested sending this back to them. Bublak also said that increasing the commission may make it harder to form a quorum.
Councilman Ted Howze agreed saying that he had concerns with bypassing the PRC Commission and suggested this proposal go back to the PRC Commission to get their feedback and recommendation.
PRC Commissioner of 22 years Brent Bohlender told TurlockCityNews.com over the phone after the Council Meeting that this needed to go through the proper channels and that the PRC Commission first needs to discuss what they need or want.
Commissioner Bohlender said that the a starting point would be filling two vacant positions the seven member commission currently has. Turlock Mayor John Lazar appoints Commissioners with the approval of the City Council.
Although there are guidelines for addressing excessive commissioner absences, Commissioner Bohlender has never witnessed any action taken by the PRC Commission in regards to their resolution.
The resolution regarding the commission states that a member who is absent from three (3) regular meetings in any twelve (12) month period shall meet with the Commission officers and the staff liaison to discuss absenteeism on the Commission. On behalf of the Commission, the Chair may make a recommendation to the Mayor that a Commissioner be removed from the Commission for excessive absenteeism.
Anyone interested in applying for appointment to the Parks, Recreation and Community Commission may request an application from the City of Turlock Administrative Offices at City Hall, located at 156 S. Broadway.
Parks, Recreation and Community Commission
The Parks, Recreation and Community Commission consists of seven (7) members appointed by Mayor with approval from the City Council.
The Turlock Parks, Recreation and Community Commission holds regularly scheduled meetings on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at Turlock City Hall, 156 S. Broadway, in the Yosemite Community Room and begin at 6:00 p.m.
The Parks, Recreation and Community Commission shall encourage, stimulate, promote and foster programs for the enrichment of the City and hereby contribute to the quality of life in Turlock and develop an awareness in the business community, in local government and in the general public of the value and benefits of the constructive use of leisure time in Turlock.
The Parks, Recreation and Community Commission shall initiate, sponsor or conduct, alone or in cooperation with other public or private agencies and/or individuals, programs to further the development and public awareness of, and interest in, recreation, neighborhods, community policing, youth master planning and senior master planning.
Applications for Commission positions may be requested from the City of Turlock Administrative Offices.
Desiree Silva (Chair)
Richard Salinas (Vice- Chair)
Gabriele H. Kinsella