Chapter 2.20


2.20.010    Park—Board—Defined.

2.20.020    Created—Commissioners’ appointment.

2.20.030    Term—Removal—Vacancies.

2.20.040    Officers—Meetings—Quorum.

2.20.050    Powers and duties.

2.20.060    Advisory committee—Appointment—Duties.

*    Standing committee appointed—Chapter 2.08 of this code. For statute relating to Park Commissioners—See RCW 35.23.170.

2.20.010 Park—Board—Defined.

Words used shall have the following meaning: “Park” means an area of land, with or without water, developed and used for public recreational purposes, including landscaped tracts, picnic grounds, playgrounds, athletic fields, recreation centers, camps, foot, bicycle and bridle paths, motor vehicle drives, wildlife sanctuaries, museums, zoological and botanical gardens, facilities for bathing, boating, hunting, and fishing, as well as other recreational facilities for the use and benefit of the public. “Board” means board of park commissioners. (Ord. 380 § 1, August 18, 1958).

2.20.020 Created—Commissioners’ appointment.

There is hereby created a board of park commissioners, consisting of five members, who shall be appointed by the mayor, with the consent of the city council, from citizens of recognized fitness for such position who reside in this city. No commissioner shall receive any compensation for his services. (Ord. 1269 § 1, 1994: Ord. 380 § 2, August 18, 1958).

2.20.030 Term—Removal—Vacancies.

The two additional commissioners appointed shall determine by lot whose term shall expire in two years and whose term shall expire in three years respectively and their terms shall begin after their appointment has been approved by the city council and upon taking the usual oath of office. The term of office shall terminate on the first Monday in June, and at the expiration of each commissioner’s term, the mayor shall appoint, with the consent of the city council, one member for a three-year term. Members of the board may be removed at any time by the mayor, and vacancies for the remainder of unexpired terms shall be filled in the same manner in which original appointments are made. (Ord. 1269 § 2, 1994: Ord. 380 § 3, August 18, 1958).

2.20.040 Officers—Meetings—Quorum.

(a)    Immediately after their appointment, members of the board shall meet and organize by electing from the members of the board a president, a secretary, and such other officers as may be necessary. It shall be the duty of the president to preside at all meetings of the board and of the secretary to keep minutes of all meetings and of all proceedings of the board. A majority of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and three affirmative votes shall be necessary to carry any proposition.

(b)    Regular meetings of the Omak park board shall be held on the second Tuesday of each month at the hour of seven p.m. in the council chambers, Omak City Hall, Omak, Washington. (Ord. 1379 § 1, 1998; Ord. 1269 § 3, 1994: Ord. 1237 § 1, 1993: Ord. 380 § 4, 1958).

2.20.050 Powers and duties.

The board shall advise the mayor, the city council, and department, if any, or officials administering parks, regarding the general supervision and control of all parks and recreational facilities and programs of the city. The board shall have the power to advise regarding the establishment of a park and/or recreation department, hereinafter called “the department,” and regarding the employment of necessary personnel, and to advise regarding conduct of any form of recreation or cultural activity that will employ the leisure time of the people in a constructive and wholesome manner, and shall advise regarding control and supervision of all parks belonging to said city, and advise regarding planning, promotion, management and acquisition, construction, development, maintenance, and operation, including restrictions on, and compensation to be paid for, concessions or privileges in parks and/or playgrounds, either within or without the city limits, of parks, squares, parkways and boulevards, play and recreation grounds, and/or other municipally owned recreational facilities, including community buildings, and improvement and ornamentation of the same; make recommendations regarding entering into written contracts with the United States, the state of Washington, any county, city or town, park district, school district, or any such public organizations for the purpose of conducting a recreational program or exercising any other power granted by this chapter.

The board shall submit to the city council each year, on or before the second Monday in August, an estimate of the amount of money required by the department to carry on its activities for the ensuing year, together with recommendations for the development of the program and facilities as it may deem advisable, for the information and guidance of the city council in preparing the budget for the tax levy, for the operation and maintenance of the city parks and the recreational program and necessary facilities and the acquisition of land, structures, or facilities needed therefor. The board shall have power to recommend rules and regulations for the government, management, supervision, and control of city parks and recreational facilities and programs. Such rules and regulations must be approved by the council before they become effective. (Ord. 380 § 5, 1958).

2.20.060 Advisory committee—Appointment—Duties.

The city council may at its discretion also appoint an advisory committee, consisting of not more than fourteen members, which committee shall, if so appointed, meet with the park board and shall have authority to participate in the transactions of the park board to the extent of making recommendations to the board relative to the parks of the city. (Ord. 1316 § 1, 1996: Ord. 380 § 6, 1958).