Mayor Randy Stephens suggested modeling the board after a guideline he received from the League of Municipalities. This model has five members who would oversee the sports programs and the park grounds.
“This is just too much for one person,” Stephens said.
Several council members expressed concern over giving control of the park to an outside board. They fear the council and city would no longer control the park system and fear that could be detrimental to the city and park.
Council member Hezikiah Walker volunteered to sit on the board to give the city a voice on that board.
Current Park Director Anthony Dill resigned last year but has continued to oversee the department until the council could install a new director or create a board.
The park director position is a volunteer position that does not receive any pay from the city.
The council scheduled a work session on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. in the council chambers to discuss the options for the management of the park department. This will give each member a chance to explore the options for setting up a park board before taking action.
“None of us know that much about it,” council member Richard Lovelady said. “This will give everybody a chance to research it and know a little more what we’re talking about.”
In other business:
•The council approved the temporary reappointment of Chris Edwards as the city’s fire chief. This appointment will last 90 days. At that point, the council can either appoint Edwards permanently or appoint someone else to the position. Edwards has served as the fire chief since the council made the temporary appointment at their initial organizational meeting in November. Edwards served as Dora’s fire chief previously, before serving four years as the city’s mayor. Council members George Sides Jr and Walker voted against the measure, while council members Gary Thomas, Clyde Nix, Betty Sanders, Robbie Busby and Lovelady voted yes, as did Stephens.
•The council voted to open two new checking accounts, one for the Community Block Development Grant funding that would update the East Walker Sewer treatment plant and one for the Economic Development Grant that will repave the area leading into the Dora shopping center from Horse Creek Boulevard. Stephens said the creation of these accounts is required to receive the grant money.