2012-02

ORDINANCE DISSOLVING THE MARION RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND TRANSFERRING THE POWER AND DUTIES OF SAID RECREATION COMMISSION TO THE MARION BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS; ESTABLISHING A PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY COUNCIL WITHIN MARION CITY CODE CHAPTER 157; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the Council finding after significant investigation there is real and present need to make changes and modifications to how the City focuses its provision of recreational services to the community, and

WHEREAS, there is a real and present need to refine the previous Departmental structures in order to be the most efficient in providing the best chance of success at the new City Aquatic Center and providing recreational activities to the citizens,

BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the City of Marion, Marion County, Ohio:

Section1. That effective from and after the effective date of this Ordinance, the Marion Recreation Department shall be dissolved and the powers and duties heretofore exercised and performed by such Recreation Department shall be transferred to the Marion Board of Park Commissioners, under the authority of Chapter 755 of the Ohio Revised Code. The Marion Board of Park Commissioners shall exercise all powers and provide to the residents activities contemplated under §§ 755.12 through 755.18.

Section 2. That there is hereby created the Marion Parks and Recreation Advisory Council, to be found within Marion City Code Chapter 157, more specifically Section 157.04, whose members shall meet not less than one (1) time per calendar year for the purpose of gathering information and making recommendations to the Marion Board of Park Commissioners relating the improvement of the parks and recreational programs and facilities serving the citizens of the City of Marion, Ohio. The said Marion Parks and Recreation Advisory Council shall consist of six (6) members who shall be residents of the City of Marion, Ohio and who shall be appointed as follows:

1. Two (2) members appointed by the Marion City Council, one (1) of who shall be appointed from and service while serving as a member of the Marion City Council;

2. One (1) member appointed by Marion Board of Park Commissioners;

3. One (1) administrator of the Marion City Schools, as appointed by the Superintendent of the Marion City Schools; and

4. Two (2) members appointed by the Mayor of the City of Marion, Ohio.

Each member of such Advisory Council shall serve for a three (3) year term, with the initial appointments being accomplished in such manner as will result in two (2) of the members of such Advisory Council being appointed on or before January 30 of each calendar year.

Section 3. That the City of Marion Auditor, Law Director and Superintendent of Parks and Recreation shall serve at the request of the Marion Board of Park Commissioners to offer additional advice and counsel to the said Board on matters relating to the conduct of parks and recreation programs and facilities within the city limits of Marion, Ohio.

Section 4. Repealing in total as unnecessary the following previous Marion City Code Chapters and Sections, to wit: Chapter 163. Recreation Board. Marion City Code Sections 163.01 and 163.02..

Section 5. That this Ordinance shall be declared to be an emergency measure, necessary for the continued health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of the City of Marion, Ohio, in that the same is necessary to promote the orderly continuation of parks and recreation services to the said citizens; and, therefore, this Ordinance shall be declared to be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval by the Mayor, provided it receives the affirmative vote of two-thirds of all members elected to Council, otherwise it shall become effective from and after the earliest period allowed by law.

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Approved: Dave Edwards
President of Council

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Mayor Scott Schertzer

Attest;

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Clerk of Council