Winamac Parks and Recreation Board contemplates advisory council
As the Winamac Parks and Recreation Board continues to move forward and plan for the future, a discussion of creating an advisory council was held.
During a regular meeting on June 16, park board members discussed the benefits of an advisory council.
Boardman Chris Schramm said he has spoken with several people about being on an advisory council and there seems to be an interest. He sees several advantages to an advisory council including new ideas and “the more eyes, the better in my opinion.”
Board president Courtney Poor questioned town attorney Justin Schramm as to whether he has any concerns regarding an advisory council.
Justin Schramm said the board can set the parameters for the council and the board can name special committees. He said the advisory council can be for a specific purpose and a short period of time, if the board wants.
He said according to state statute that if the Winamac Tree Committee wants to be considered a part of the park advisory council then the town should give them that consideration.
Brad Zellers, who is the Winamac Town Manager and a parks and recreation board member, agreed that the advisory council is a good idea because it could benefit the board when they apply for grants.
As the discussion continued, it was decided that there would be five advisory council members. Term limits of each advisory council member would also be made.
There were several names that were suggested as to who could be on an advisory council.
Justin Schramm said the board needs to determine what the purpose of the advisory council is. It was decided that they would be the eyes and the ears of the board and also help with fundraisers.
The board is considering several people and they could approve the advisory council members during the next meeting.