[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Genesee 3-9-1998 by Ord. No. 98-1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 428.
A Park Board is hereby created which shall have the powers as shall be granted herein pursuant to the authority granted in §§ 27.08 and 27.13, Wis. Stats.
The purpose of the Park Board shall be to plan, implement and supervise the park and recreational needs of the Town of Genesee. The Board will provide for the park and recreation programs for the citizens of the Town of Genesee within the limitations of the funds made available therefor by the Town Board.
The Board shall consist of seven members. The Board shall be comprised of seven resident elector citizen members. The Board members shall be appointed by the Town Chairman, subject to confirmation by the Town Board. The seven citizen members' terms shall be staggered terms of seven years beginning on the first Monday in May of each year. A Town Supervisor shall serve as an ex officio member for a one-year term beginning on the first Monday in May of each year and shall act as a liaison between the Town and the Board. The Town Supervisor member shall not have voting rights. The Town Chairman, subject to confirmation of the Town Board, may appoint one alternate resident elector citizen member who shall be asked to attend all Park Board meetings but who shall only have voting rights if one regular citizen member is not present or does not vote. The alternate citizen member's term shall be for one year beginning on the first Monday in May of each year.
Officers. The Board shall elect a Chairman and a Vice Chairman. The Town Clerk or Town Clerk's designee shall act as secretary and record minutes of the Board meetings.
Vacancies. Vacancies on the Board shall be filled by appointment by the Town Chairman and confirmed by the Town Board. Such an appointee shall serve the balance of the term of the member that the appointee replaces.
The Board may make such other bylaws and regulations for its own government not inconsistent with this chapter as it may deem necessary. Meetings shall be held monthly and at the call of the Chairman and shall be open to the public. Minutes shall be kept showing all actions taken and a copy shall be filed with the Town Clerk as a public record. A quorum shall be four members. All actions shall be by majority vote. Minutes of each Park Board meeting shall be available within 10 days of each meeting.
The Board shall have only the following powers:
To recommend to the Town Board the purchase, lease, sale or exchange of park or recreation lands, facilities and equipment.
To recommend to the Town Board the acquisition of any park or recreation lands or facilities or equipment, or any other interest, right or privilege in real or personal property, whether by gift, grant, devise, bequest or condemnation.
To govern, manage and control the use of all public parks or recreational lands and recreational activities of the Town and to adopt the necessary rules and regulations for this purpose. All rules and regulations so adopted shall be subject to approval of the Town Board, and, if necessary, enforcement ordinances shall be adopted by the Town Board.
To employ, with the agreement of the Town Board, all staff and personnel necessary to conduct the recreational programs, subject to such limitations as may be set for the appropriations made by the Town Board.
Additional powers as may be assigned by the Town Board.
The Board shall have the following duties:
To plan for the location, layout and equipping of all parks and recreational lands.
To recommend to the Town Board all recreational equipment needed to equip said parks and recreational lands.
To plan for, implement and manage all recreational activities of the Town of Genesee as may be assigned to the Board and to hire and supervise all personnel necessary to carry out the recreational programs of the Town in coordination with the Town Board, including a Recreation Director who may, but need not, be a member of the Board.
To recommend to the Town Board any purchases necessary unless the Town Board has approved said purchase in the budget.
To spend only within the budget limits set by the Town Board. No budgetary amount shall be exceeded unless specifically authorized by the Town Board.
To recommend to the Town Board all contracts necessary to make capital improvements, maintenance and repair to the parks, park equipment, recreational lands and recreational equipment.
To maintain records of all Board meetings and to keep accurate records and accounts of recreation program costs and income and to segregate those expenses and funds from those of other departments. Said records shall be filed with the Town Clerk on a regular basis.
The Board shall submit to the Town Board by October 1 of each year a proposed program and budget for the ensuing year, and a representative of the Board shall be present at the budget hearing to provide the Town electors and Town Board any information requested. The Park Board shall not contract any liability in excess of the budget appropriated unless specifically authorized by the Town Board. All moneys received for the purpose of the Board, whether from the general fund or from approved donation, or from such reasonable fees as may be charged for activities, facilities or services, shall be deposited in the general fund of the Town and segregated on the books of the Town. The Town Treasurer shall act as treasurer of the Board without additional compensation. All expenditures shall be made only upon approval of the Town Board and by the issuance of an order for the expenditure by the Town Clerk.
The Board shall issue an annual written report of its findings and activities and an inventory of all its public parks, recreational lands, facilities and equipment to the Town Board by at least 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting.
The Board shall be subject to a yearly audit.