Chapter 2.20


2.20.010    Created – General purpose.

2.20.020    Membership.

2.20.030    Powers and duties.

2.20.040    Compensation.

2.20.050    Statutory authority.

2.20.060    Organization.

2.20.070    Meetings.

2.20.080    Reports.

2.20.010 Created – General purpose.

There is created a park commission. The general purposes of the park commission are to act as a channel of communication for the general public on matters related to parks, trails, and public open space; to promote the development of robust and well-rounded parks and recreational opportunities; to serve as an advisory tree board per BLMC 2.24.030; and to advise on matters which the council, mayor, or administration have referred to the commission in regard to parks, trails, and public open space. (Ord. 1485 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1213 § 2, 2006; Ord. 1009 § 1, 2003; Ord. 411 § 1, 1974).

2.20.020 Membership.

The commission shall consist of seven members who shall be appointed by the mayor, with the consent of the city council. The members so appointed shall either reside within the 98391 Zip Code or own a business establishment within the Bonney Lake city limits. Four members shall constitute a quorum. The terms of the members shall be three years, with initial terms staggered so that not more than three terms expire in any given year. (Ord. 1485 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1213 § 2, 2006; Ord. 1009 § 2, 2003; Ord. 411A § 1, 1981; Ord. 411 § 2, 1974).

2.20.030 Powers and duties.

The park commission shall act in an advisory capacity to the mayor, city council and parks administration and shall offer advice or make recommendations on park, trail, and open space issues referred to the commission for consideration. Matters so referred for recommendation or advice may include such issues as:

A. Acquisition of land for parks, trails, or open space;

B. Development, design, and operation of parks, trails, or open space;

C. Provision of concessions or refreshments at city parks;

D. Contracts, interlocal agreements, or lease agreements regarding park facilities or activities;

E. Advising city staff on development of the parks element of the comprehensive plan and serving as a liaison to the planning commission and city council on the adoption of the parks plan;

F. Serving as an advisory community tree board to advise the tree department, mayor, and city council on the community forestry plan, heritage trees, and related community tree issues;

G. Serving as a sounding board for administrative policies and procedures governing the administration and maintenance of the city park system;

H. Reviewing fees and charges for use of park facilities;

I. Assisting with the adjudication of complaints, conflict, disputes or other grievances related to park use;

J. Recommending appropriate regulations on the use of city parks by the public;

K. Other matters as from time to time may be referred to the commission by the city council, mayor, or administrative staff. (Ord. 1485 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1213 § 2, 2006; Ord. 1009 § 3, 2003; Ord. 411 § 3, 1974).

2.20.040 Compensation.

The members of the park commission shall serve without salary. (Ord. 1485 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1213 § 2, 2006; Ord. 411 § 4, 1974).

2.20.050 Statutory authority.

The park commission is created pursuant to RCW 35A.11.020. (Ord. 1485 § 1, 2014; Ord. 1213 § 2, 2006; Ord. 411 § 5, 1974).

2.20.060 Organization.

The park commission shall elect from its members a chair and vice-chair, each of whom shall serve for a period of one year. Chairs and vice-chairs may be elected for consecutive years. The commission may adopt such procedures and guidelines, consistent with this chapter and state law, as necessary or desirable, for the conduct of its business and shall keep written minutes of its proceedings. The commission procedures shall include provisions for the date, time and place of regular meetings of the commission. The rules of procedure shall provide for the election of the chair and vice-chair. Provisions shall be made for maintaining minutes of commission meetings and records of all commission reports, conclusions and recommendations. (Ord. 1485 § 1, 2014).

2.20.070 Meetings.

A. Meeting Schedule. In consultation with assigned city staff, the commission shall establish a fixed meeting date, time, and location for its regular meetings and will meet at least monthly; provided, that meetings may be canceled for lack of business upon advance notice. Special meetings may be held in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act. All meetings of the commission shall be open to the public and shall be governed by the rules and operating procedures as established by the commission.

B. Votes. Each commissioner shall have one vote. The chair may also vote. A simple majority of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of commission business.

C. Attendance at Meetings. Regular attendance by commissioners is necessary for the efficient operation and effective completion of business. Two nonexcused absences from regular meetings in a year shall constitute grounds for dismissal from the commission. A commissioner may request that an absence be excused either before or after the absence occurs.

D. Staff Support. The mayor shall be responsible for assigning administrative staff support to the commission within the limits of available resources. (Ord. 1485 § 1, 2014).

2.20.080 Reports.

The park commission shall annually provide to the mayor and city council a report on the commission’s activities. Periodic reports may be submitted when deemed appropriate by the commission or when requested by the city council. (Ord. 1485 § 1, 2014).