Borough of Lewistown, PA
Mifflin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Lewistown 8-15-1966 by Ord. No. 66-9; amended in its entirety 3-24-1986 by Ord. No. 86-2 (Ch. 1, Part 5D, of the 1986 Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 166.

§ 55-1 Creation of Recreation Board.

Pursuant to the authority granted Council by the Borough Code,[1] the existent seven-member Recreation Board created under previous ordinances of the Borough is confirmed as, and shall continue as, the Recreation Board of the Borough.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 8 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.

§ 55-2 Appointment of members; classes and terms of office.

A. 
The Recreation Board shall be comprised of seven residents of the Borough appointed by Council, and two of those seven residents may be Councilmen and three of those seven residents may be members or nominees of the Board of Directors of the Mifflin County School District. No member of the Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, Board of Building Appeals, Police Civil Service Commission or any other board, commission, bureau or agency of the Borough shall be eligible for appointment to the Recreation Board, and no member of the Recreation Board shall serve on any of those boards, commissions, bureaus or agencies unless he first resigns from the Recreation Board.
B. 
The seven members of the Recreation Board shall be divided into three classes, with two members in the first class, two members in the second class, and three members in the third class.
C. 
The term of office of the members in a class shall be three years; the term to expire on the second Monday in January or at such time thereafter when successors to the members in the class are appointed by Council. The terms of office of the members of the classes shall be so staggered that the term of office of the two members in the first class expires one year, the term of office of the two members in the second class expires the following year, and the term of office of the three members in the third class expires the year after that.

§ 55-3 Vacancy in Board; removal.

A. 
If a vacancy occurs in a class of the Recreation Board other than by expiration of the term of the members in the class, Council shall fill the vacancy by appointing a resident of the Borough to serve for the balance of the unexpired three-year term.
B. 
The circumstances and procedures for removing a member of the Recreation Board from office shall be the same as those prescribed by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code[1] for removing a member of the Planning Commission.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.

§ 55-4 Compensation and reimbursement for expenses.

The members of the Recreation Board shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed by Council for necessary and reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

§ 55-5 Meetings; public notice.

[Amended 9-22-1986 by Ord. No. 86-4]
A. 
Beginning on the first Tuesday in February and to and including the first Tuesday in February of the following year, the Recreation Board shall hold regular meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. If there are no matters pending before the Recreation Board which require its review, study, findings, conclusions, recommendations or other action at a regularly scheduled meeting, the Chairman of the Recreation Board may cancel that particular meeting.
B. 
The Recreation Board may hold such special meetings as it may determine are necessary or appropriate.
C. 
Pursuant to the provisions of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act,[1] all regular and special meetings of the Recreation Board shall be open to the public.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 65 Pa.C.S.A. § 701 et seq.
D. 
During the month of January in each calendar year, the Administrative Secretary to the Recreation Board shall give public notice of the dates, times and places of the regular meetings of the Recreation Board scheduled under Subsection A. This public notice shall be published and concomitantly posted at least four days before the date of the first regular meeting of the Recreation Board scheduled under Subsection A.
E. 
The Administrative Secretary to the Recreation Board shall give public notice of the date, time and place of any special meeting of the Recreation Board to be held under Subsection B. This public notice shall be published and concomitantly posted at least two days before the date of the special meeting.

§ 55-6 Officers; administrative and technical support.

A. 
Each year at the regular meeting of the Recreation Board scheduled for February, the members of the Recreation Board shall elect one member as Chairman of the Recreation Board and one member as Vice Chairman of the Recreation Board and may elect such other officers as they may deem necessary or appropriate. The officers of the Recreation Board shall serve for one year or until their successors are elected by the members of the Recreation Board. The officers of the Recreation Board may succeed themselves.
B. 
Council shall assign the Borough Secretary (or Assistant Borough Secretary), or the Borough Manager shall assign some other employee of the Borough, to serve as Administrative Secretary to the Recreation Board. The duties of the Administrative Secretary shall be to provide the Recreation Board with such administrative services as scheduling meetings, giving notice of meetings, preparing agendas for meetings, preparing minutes of meetings, preparing reports, forwarding reports to Council for action, and other like services.
C. 
The Borough Manager shall serve as the practical engineering advisor and public works advisor to the Recreation Board, and any matter which involves engineering consideration with respect to, or involves equipping, maintaining or improving, the parks, playgrounds or other recreation facilities owned or operated by the Borough shall be subject to the Borough Manager's review and comment.
D. 
The Parks and Recreation Director shall serve as the operations and programs advisor to the Recreation Board, and any matter which involves the conduct or operation of the parks, playgrounds or other recreation facilities owned or operated by the Borough or involves existent or proposed recreation programs or changes thereto shall be subject to the Parks and Recreation Director's review and comment.

§ 55-7 Rules of procedure.

The Recreation Board may make such rules to govern its meetings, proceedings or review procedures as are permitted by and consistent with the Borough Code[1] and other applicable laws.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 8 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.

§ 55-8 Functions and duties of Board.

A. 
The Recreation Board shall review, study, prepare and recommend to Council for adoption, action or other disposition by Council:
(1) 
Plans and programs for equipping, maintaining and improving the parks, playgrounds and other recreation facilities owned or operated by the Borough;
(2) 
Plans for operating, regulating and supervising the parks, playgrounds and other recreation facilities owned or operated by the Borough;
(3) 
Recreation programs suited to the interests of the residents of the Borough and appropriate in light of the facilities available and the appropriations budgeted by Council;
(4) 
Policies and procedures for the use of the parks, playgrounds and other recreation facilities owned or operated by the Borough; and policies and procedures for the conduct of, and participation in, recreation programs;
(5) 
Rules and regulations for the conduct and behavior and the protection of persons and property at the recreation programs and recreation facilities of the Borough;
(6) 
Personnel policies governing the duties and responsibilities and the salaries and other benefits of the personnel employed in the Parks and Recreation Department;
(7) 
The names and qualifications of individuals recommended for employment in the Parks and Recreation Department in such capacities as recreation directors, pool managers, lifeguards, playground supervisors, program leaders, and the like; and
(8) 
Such other plans, programs, policies, procedures, rules, regulations or reports as are related to matters expressly or impliedly within the purview of the Recreation Board or as are related to tasks or projects assigned to the Recreation Board by Council.
B. 
The Recreation Board shall promote interest in and public understanding of the recreation programs and recreation facilities of the Borough and the advantages and benefits to be derived therefrom.
C. 
The Recreation Board shall assist and cooperate with other municipalities, governmental agencies, civic organizations and the like in studying and developing the recreation potential of the area and in coordinating the use and enjoyment of the recreation programs and recreation facilities available in the area.
D. 
The Recreation Board shall perform such other functions and tasks and undertake such projects as are assigned to it from time to time by Council.

§ 55-9 Powers of Recreation Board.

A. 
With the approval of Council, the Recreation Board may accept and use such funds, personnel, equipment, real estate, or other assistance which may be made available by another municipality, the Mifflin County School District, the county, the commonwealth or the federal government or any of its or their agencies or made available by civic organizations or other private sources.
B. 
The powers of the Recreation Board shall be those powers granted from time to time by Council with respect to administrative, business or proprietary matters.
C. 
The Recreation Board shall have the authority to form an Events Committee from its members, together with other residents of the Borough recommended by it to Borough Council and approved by Borough Council, as follows:
[Added 12-14-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-9]
(1) 
The purpose of the Events Committee is to organize and/or promote special events and/or activities for utilization of the Borough's parks, playgrounds and other recreation facilities owned or operated by the Borough, in coordination with and with the express approval of the Recreation Board.
(2) 
The Events Committee shall be composed of five members, at least one of whom shall be a member of the Recreation Board, who shall be residents of and registered electors within the Borough of Lewistown, who are citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and who are at least 18 years of age.
(3) 
The Events Committee shall be established annually at the first regular meeting of the Recreation Board or at such time thereafter as determined by the Recreation Board. The members thereof shall serve for the calendar year. If a vacancy occurs by death, by resignation or by removal from the Committee by the Recreation Board, as approved by Borough Council, the Recreation Board, subject to approval of Borough Council, shall appoint a resident and registered elector of the Borough to hold such Committee membership for the remainder of the term vacated due to death, by resignation or by removal from the Committee by the Recreation Board with approval Borough Council.
(4) 
Members of the Events Committee who are not members of the Recreation Board shall be approved by Borough Council prior to serving on the Events Committee. Furthermore, a member of the Events Committee shall not be a member of any board, commission, bureau or agency referred to in § 55-2, above, as being ineligible to serve as a member of the Recreation Board.
(5) 
Members of the Events Committee shall serve at the pleasure of Recreation Board and may be removed from the Events Committee by the Recreation Board upon recommendation for removal by the Recreation Board to Borough Council and approval thereof by Borough Council.
(6) 
Members of the Events Committee shall serve without compensation.
(7) 
Upon the annual organization of the Events Committee, the membership of the Events Committee shall appoint a Chairman and Secretary who shall serve at the pleasure of the membership of the Events Committee for the year or until his/her successor is appointed.
(8) 
Meetings of the Events Committee shall be subject to the Sunshine Act, 65 Pa.C.S.A. § 701 et seq., as it may be amended and revised, and any successor law. Meetings shall be held as necessary, but no less than quarterly.
(9) 
Public records of the Events Committee shall be subject to the Right-to-Know Law, 65 P.S. § 67.101 et seq., as it may be amended and revised, and any successor law.

§ 55-10 Reports to Council.

The Recreation Board shall make such periodic reports to Council of the activities, business and actions of the Recreation Board as the Board may deem timely or appropriate or as Council may direct.

§ 55-11 Public records.

The Recreation Board shall keep complete and full records of its activities, business and actions, and these records shall be public records within the meaning and scope of the Pennsylvania Open Records Act.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See the Right-To-Know Law, 65 P.S. § 67.101 et seq.