Chapter 2.71
PARKS AND RECREATION CITIZENS' ADVISORY BOARD

Sections:

2.71.010    Created.

2.71.020    Purpose.

2.71.030    Composition.

2.71.040    Terms of Office.

2.71.050    Vacancies – Removal from Office.

2.71.060    Officers – Quorum – Voting Privileges.

2.71.070    Meetings – Rules and Records.

2.71.080    Functions.

2.71.090    Recommendations.

2.71.100    Staff Support.

2.71.010 Created.

The Parks and Recreation Citizens' Advisory Board is created and shall hereafter in this Chapter be referred to as the Board. The members of the Board shall be appointed by the Pierce County Executive and confirmed by a majority of the Pierce County Council, pursuant to the Pierce County Charter, Section 3.30. (Ord. 92-172 § 1 (part), 1993)

2.71.020 Purpose.

The Board shall serve in an advisory capacity (on matters authorized in this Chapter) to the Pierce County Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Executive, and Council. (Ord. 92-172 § 1 (part), 1993)

2.71.030 Composition.

The Board shall consist of nine members who shall represent a cross section of interests, concerns, and expertise in park and recreational program services, facility planning, development, operation and maintenance. Seven members shall each represent one of the seven Council Districts. Two members shall serve at large. (Ord. 92-172 § 1 (part), 1993)

2.71.040 Terms of Office.

After the Board is created, the first terms of the members shall be staggered as follows:

A.    Five members shall be appointed for four years; and

B.    Four members shall be appointed for three years.

Thereafter, successors to the first appointments shall be appointed for 4-year terms. No member of the Board shall be eligible to serve more than two full consecutive terms.

(Ord. 92-172 § 1 (part), 1993)

2.71.050 Vacancies – Removal from Office.

Vacancies occurring for any reason shall be filled by appointment for a regular 4-year term. All appointments shall be accomplished pursuant to the Pierce County Charter, Section 3.30. The Executive may remove any member of the Board for inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance, or three unexcused absences in one year, subject to confirmation by a majority of the Council. (Ord. 2011-16s § 1 (part), 2011; Ord. 92-172 § 1 (part), 1993)

2.71.060 Officers – Quorum – Voting Privileges.

Annually, the Board shall elect a Chair and Vice-Chair from among its members. Officers shall not be eligible to serve in the same capacity for more than two consecutive years. A quorum of the Board for the purpose of transacting business shall be five members. Each member of the Board shall be entitled to one vote on any matter duly before the body. (Ord. 92-172 § 1 (part), 1993)

2.71.070 Meetings – Rules and Records.

The Board shall meet at least four times each year. All meetings shall be open to the public. The Board shall adopt Rules before it transacts business, and a current copy of the Rules shall be provided to the Pierce County Executive and the Clerk of the Pierce County Council. The Board shall keep a written summary of its transactions of business. (Ord. 92-172 § 1 (part), 1993)

2.71.080 Functions.

The Board shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Parks, Recreation, & Community Services Department, Executive, and Council. The Board shall assess Pierce County park and recreation facilities and services. In the performance of its duties the Board shall:

A.    Provide general advice to the Director of the Parks, Recreation, & Community Services Department.

B.    Assess existing and proposed facilities, services, and programs.

C.    Identify unmet needs and offer recommendations for meeting needs or improving services or programs.

D.    Assist the County in identifying funding sources and securing funding for the County's parks and recreation programs.

E.    Assist the Parks, Recreation, & Community Services Department in communicating park and recreational needs, services, and programs to the public, governmental agencies, the Executive, and the Council.

F.    Work Groups may be formed to address specific topics or issues. Each Work Group will be chaired by a Parks and Recreation Citizens' Advisory Board member and will be comprised of members from specific user groups, community members and other interested parties. Each Work Group will have four to seven members and will be discontinued after a recommendation has been reached addressing a specific topic or issue. All recommendations by a Work Group shall be presented to the Board for consideration.

(Ord. 2007-61 § 3, 2007; Ord. 92-172 § 1 (part), 1993)

2.71.090 Recommendations.

Recommendations shall be accomplished in the following manner:

A.    All recommendations shall be in writing and shall contain specific issues raised by the Board and be directed to the appropriate authority for action. Any oral presentation by any Board member shall be permitted solely to clarify the written recommendation. Any presentation by any Board member which goes beyond clarifying the written recommendation shall be considered a personal recommendation.

B.    All written recommendations shall specify the Board's vote on the issue.

(Ord. 92-172 § 1 (part), 1993)

2.71.100 Staff Support.

To the extent required and necessary, the Pierce County Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department shall provide staff support to the Board. (Ord. 92-172 § 1 (part), 1993)