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Youngstown may dissolve parks and recreation commission

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - It's been around for decades but it may now be obsolete.

The park committee of Youngstown city council is looking at dissolving the city Park and Recreation Commission.

The move was actually suggested last year by the charter review commission.

The four person Park and Recreation Commission makes recommendations to city council about everything that goes on in city parks.

So when the park director wants to fix or build something he needs to get commission approval first and then city council's approval after that.

Some council members think that's needless red tape and it keeps things from getting done more efficiently and in a timely manner.

Park Director, Bob Burke, says "Sometimes projects can get done in the summer months but if ideas and projects wait and we get into winter or an early winter where outside work cannot get done that may hinder us."

Council says nothing would change if the commission was dissolved other than the mayor would be responsible for hiring park directors.

Councilman Paul Dreenen says, "Things will still move on if the commission wasn't there, I mean programs will still be put on the parks will be open the grass will still be cut the playgrounds will be open parks will still get built with the park director and the administration."

YSU will release a study next month outlining what the city should do with all of its parks.

Council's park committee will continue to debate the issue and then possibly make a recommendation to full council.

If council agrees, it would then go to a city-wide vote on the November ballot.

 

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