Council discusses future of park dept.
by Rachel Davis
Jan 17, 2013 | 2855 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DORA — Dora’s City Council held a work session on Tuesday night to discuss the future of the city’s park and recreation department.

Anthony Dill has served as the park director for the last two years but resigned late last year because his children are now aged out of park sports. Dill has continued to serve as the park director until a replacement can be found.

Mayor Randy Stephens and all members of the council have commended the job that Dill has done and have pledged their support to the park and the sports programs at the facilities.

Stephens had previously suggested the creation of a board to oversee park sports. The Alabama League of Municipalities sent the city guidelines for the types of boards that can be established to oversee city park and recreation departments.

Council members expressed concerns over the structure of the boards, which would give the park board complete control, without input from the city.

Council member Richard Lovelady suggested appointing an advisory board that would have less control.

He did caution that a lawyer would have to be involved in the establishment in order to limit the control of the board since no specific limits are established by state law, as with the other options.

The city also heard from volunteers at the park, who Dill said have been a vital part of the park’s success. Many of the volunteers came from areas other than Dora and expressed their love for the city and park system.

In addition to the boards, the park considered replacing Dill with another director or possibly appointing commissioners for each sport.

“These folks were going to be here whether they had a title or not.” Dill said. “We do it because we are passionate about the place where we live at and where our kids play ball at.”

Because this was a work session, no votes or decisions could be made.

The council will take the information under advisement and will raise the issue at the next council meeting on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m.