Chapter 2.44
PARK AND CEMETERY BOARD

Sections:

2.44.010    Definitions.

2.44.020    Composition – Terms – Appointment.

2.44.030    Officers – Meetings – Rules – Records.

2.44.040    Quorum – Majority rule.

2.44.050    Responsibility of board.

2.44.060    City power to acquire parklands.

2.44.070    Repealed.

2.44.080    Budget estimates.

2.44.010 Definitions.

Words used in this chapter and Chapter 3.54 BMC shall be defined as follows:

A. “Board” means the park and cemetery board.

B. “Secretary” means the economic development and tourism coordinator.

C. “Park” means an area of land used for public recreational purposes, including, but not limited to, landscaped tracts, picnic grounds, playgrounds, athletic fields, parklets, trails, recreational centers and all other recreational facilities for the use and benefit of the public, including municipal buildings so used.

D. “Cemetery” means the seven and eight-tenths acre Blaine Cemetery located at 4175 H Street Road. (Ord. 2982 § 1 (Exh. A), 2022; Ord. 2324 § 2, 1997; Ord. 2246 § 2(a), 1996; Ord. 1394 § 1, 1974; prior code § 2-201)

2.44.020 Composition – Terms – Appointment.

A. Six board members shall constitute the board. One member shall be a nonvoting member of the city council, who shall be appointed by the city council annually. The city council shall appoint remaining members pursuant to Chapter 2.08 BMC.

B. The term of office for each appointive member shall be four years. (Ord. 2982 § 1 (Exh. A), 2022; Ord. 2611 § 1, 2005; Ord. 2324 § 3, 1997; Ord. 2025 § 3, 1991; Ord. 2020 § 3, 1991; Ord. 1394 § 2, 1974; prior code § 2-202)

2.44.030 Officers – Meetings – Rules – Records.

The board shall annually elect its own chairperson and vice-chairperson. The board shall hold at least 10 meetings per year at such time and place as set forth by the members. Upon seven days’ written notice to the board, the board’s secretary and chairperson (or vice-chair in the absence of the chair), at their sole discretion, may cancel a scheduled meeting. All meetings shall be held in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act. The board shall adopt rules for the transaction of business and it shall keep a record of meetings. (Ord. 2982 § 1 (Exh. A), 2022; Ord. 1394 § 3, 1974; prior code § 2-203)

2.44.040 Quorum – Majority rule.

Three voting members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Any action taken by a majority of those present at any regular or special meeting shall be deemed as the action of the board. (Ord. 2982 § 1 (Exh. A), 2022; Ord. 2611 § 1, 2005; Ord. 1394 § 3, 1974; prior code § 2-203)

2.44.050 Responsibility of board.

A. The role of the board shall be advisory. The board shall be responsible for periodically advising and making recommendations to the city council for the maintenance, beautification, design, protection/preservation, and improvements to parks and the cemetery.

B. The board shall also be responsible for periodically reviewing and making recommendations for updates to the city park plan as requested by the city council. The board shall include in that review whether the lands being used for park purposes are adequate and shall recommend to the city council, as appropriate, what additional lands and grounds should be acquired and used for park purposes. The board shall provide a recommendation to the planning commission for amendments to the park and recreation element of the city’s comprehensive plan to be required in the required periodic update.

C. The board shall also recommend to the city council appropriate measures to ensure that the city has a well-integrated and complete program for the use of its parks and, to accomplish this end, the board shall from time to time meet with appropriate city employees, the public and with officials of other groups who make use of the parks and cemetery.

D. The board shall also be entrusted with the responsibility of advising and making recommendations to the city council as to the pricing for sale and utilization of cemetery facilities. (Ord. 2982 § 1 (Exh. A), 2022; Ord. 2324 § 4, 1997; Ord. 2246 § 2(b), 1996; Ord. 1394 § 4, 1974; prior code § 2-204)

2.44.060 City power to acquire parklands.

The city council shall have power, by ordinance, to acquire property for park purposes by gift, bequest, devise, donation, purchase, condemnation or other process, in accordance with the law; provided, that any mortgage or other obligation given in payment for land for park purposes shall not be a personal or general liability against the city, but shall be and remain a liability against the property so acquired only. (Ord. 2982 § 1 (Exh. A), 2022; Ord. 1394 § 6, 1974; prior code § 2-206)

2.44.070 Annual report.

Repealed by Ord. 2324. (Ord. 1394 § 7, 1974; prior code § 2-207)

2.44.080 Budget estimates.

The board shall submit to the city manager or his/her designee each year, on or before the last Monday in October, a preliminary six-year capital facilities plan for the information and guidance of the city manager in preparing the budget for the development of parks, the cemetery and recreation facilities and the acquisition of property needed therefor. (Ord. 2982 § 1 (Exh. A), 2022; Ord. 2324 § 6, 1997; Ord. 1394 § 8, 1974; prior code § 2-208)