[Adopted as indicated in text (Ch. 57, §§ 57-1 through 57-12, of the 1990 Code of Public Local Laws)]
[1968, ch. 697, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-8(a); 1977, ch. 841, § 1; 1988, ch. 227, § 2; 2007, ch. 328, § 1; amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
There is a Board of Parks and Recreation and a Director of Parks and Recreation, with powers and duties as specified in this article.
[1968, ch. 697, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-8(b); 1977, ch. 841, § 1; 1988, ch. 227, § 2; 1993, ch. 251, § 1]
The Board shall consist of eight members, appointed by the County Executive in accordance with the Charter. One member shall be appointed by the Board of Education. The Cecil County Council shall annually select, from its membership, an ex officio member for this Board, who shall serve without voting privileges.
[2007, ch. 328, § 1; amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
All members of the Board, with the exception of the ex officio member, shall be appointed for three-year staggered terms from the first day of January of the year of their appointments or until their successors are appointed. Vacancies, except those at the expiration of a term, shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments and for the unexpired term. All members of the Board shall serve without compensation, except that they may be reimbursed for necessary and proper expenses incurred while performing their duties thereon.
Editor's Note: Section 6 of ch. 251 provided that notwithstanding Subsections A and B below, as amended by Laws of 1993, ch. 251, § 1, members of the Cecil County Board of Parks and Recreation, other than an ex officio member, shall be appointed for terms beginning 1-1-1997 as follows: three members for a one-year term; two members for a two-year term; and two members (including the member selected by the Board of Education) for a three-year term to stagger the terms of the Board.
[1968, ch. 697, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-8(c); 1977, ch. 841, § 1; 1988, ch. 227, § 2]
The Board shall annually select a Chairman and a Vice Chairman from its membership; and it shall also select a Secretary and a Treasurer, who may or may not be members thereof. The Board may require the Treasurer to give bond in such amount as it may determine, and it is further authorized to adopt all necessary rules and regulations for the conduct of its business and for the protection of properties under its control. The Board shall hold such regular and special meetings as it may deem necessary. The Board is authorized to determine all questions of general policy relating to parks and public recreation in Cecil County, to supervise the expenditure of funds appropriated to these purposes, and to keep the County informed as to the availability of federal and state funds for these purposes. It may appoint advisory committees or panels to assist in the exercise of its powers and functions.
[1968, ch. 697, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-8(d); 1977, ch. 841, § 1; 1988, ch. 227, § 2; amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
The Board, upon recommendation of the County Executive and approval by the County Council, may accept real and personal property of all kinds suitable for public parks, open space programs, and recreational purposes, legal title to which shall always be in the name of Cecil County, Maryland. The Cecil County Council shall appropriate in the annual budget of the County such sums as shall be necessary to purchase land, construct improvements, and defray expenses for the maintenance of park and recreation areas under the control of the Board and for the support of the park and recreational programs. The acquisition of property, with the approval of the County, may be by purchase, condemnation, grant, bequest, devise, or lease of the fee or any lessor interest, development right, assignment, covenant, or other contractual right necessary for park and recreation programs. The County may sell or in any manner dispose of these parks and recreational properties.
[1968, ch. 697, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-8(e); 1977, ch. 841, § 1; 1988, ch. 227, § 2]
The Board, subject to budgetary policies and appropriations of the County, may establish, adopt, direct, or cause to be conducted or directed a comprehensive program of public recreation in schools, parks, or other lands or buildings, either publicly or privately owned. It further may develop, equip, operate, maintain, or issue permits for the use of any facilities made available to the Board and make charges where appropriate. The initiative for all programs shall come from the general public.
[1968, ch. 697, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-8(f); 1977, ch. 841, § 1; 1988, ch. 227, § 2]
The control of any land, buildings, or other acceptable facilities shall be in accord with agreements reached between the Board and the person, corporation, or agency having jurisdiction over such properties. No power or authority conferred by this article shall be construed to abridge or limit the power of Cecil County, the Board of Education, or of any governmental agency, or of any person or corporation, to refuse to permit or to limit the use of any ground, building, or facility under their control, ownership or jurisdiction.
[1968, ch. 697, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-8(g); 1977, ch. 841, § 1; 1988, ch. 227, § 2]
The Board, subject to the approval of the County, may contract with private organizations for the initiation and maintenance of public recreation programs.
[1968, ch. 697, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-8(h); 1977, ch. 841, § 1; 1988, ch. 227, § 2]
The Board shall submit to the County an annual report of its activities, together with recommendations for further activities and development of the County recreation program. It shall also submit an annual budget, pursuant to the requirements of law, itemizing the appropriations necessary for the performance of its functions and duties.
[1968, ch. 697, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-8(i); 1977, ch. 841, § 1; 1988, ch. 227, § 2]
Cecil County, by and through the Board of Parks and Recreation, may join or cooperate with the federal government, the State of Maryland, any municipality, any other governmental agency or citizen group in providing, establishing, conducting, and maintaining recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, and other recreation facilities and activities.
[1968, ch. 697, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-8(j); 1977, ch. 841, § 1; 1988, ch. 227, § 2]
Cecil County may borrow funds for the purposes of this article and issue individual notes, bonds or other evidence of indebtedness for the repayment of the funds and of interest thereon.
[1968, § 697, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-8(k)(1) and (2); 1977, ch. 841, § 1; 1988, ch. 227, § 2; 1992, ch. 88, § 1; amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
The Director of Parks and Recreation shall be appointed by the County Executive in accordance with the Charter. The Director shall have a degree in recreation or a similar field or have five years' experience in parks and recreation and shall serve at the will of the County Executive. The annual salary for the Director shall be determined by the County, except that it shall not be less than $10,000.
The Director serves under the general direction and supervision of the County Executive and provides staff support to the Board of Parks and Recreation. The Director's duties shall consist of maintenance of equipment and facilities used in the public recreation program and in scheduling and operating programs established by the County and adopted by the Board of Parks and Recreation.
[1968, § 697, § 1; 1970 Code, Sec. 1-8(1); 1977, ch. 841, § 1; 1988, Ch. 227, § 2]
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this article, the authority of the Cecil County Planning Commission, as set forth under § 3.08 of Article 66B, Annotated Code of Maryland, shall not be diminished or impaired.