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Chapter 23—Park Board

23.01 Park Board
23.02 Organization
23.03 Compensation
23.04 Nepotism Prohibited
23.05 Open Meetings Law
23.06 Budget Certified
23.07 Jurisdiction and Authority
23.08 Employees
23.09 Rules and Regulations
23.10 Penalties


There shall be a Park Board for the City consisting of five (5) residents of legal age. The Board shall serve staggered three (3) year terms commencing on July 1 of each year. The Mayor shall appoint the Board members with the approval of the Council. Vacancies shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Council. A Board member may be removed for good cause following notice and hearing before the Council. The composition of the Board shall be age and gender balanced. The Board may submit recommendations for membership to the Mayor.


The Board shall annually elect a Chair, a Vice Chair, and a Secretary in July of each year. The Board shall meet at least once each and every month. The Board shall meet at least semiannually with the Pool Board to develop joint activities and facilities.


There shall be no compensation attached to the office of Park Board member and all services performed shall be rendered without compensation therefor.


The Park Board shall not employ or permit to be employed by the Board any of the following members of a Board member’s family: spouse, child or stepchild or foster child, father, mother, grandparent, grandchild. Employment contracts entered into in violation of this section shall be null and void and of no effect.


The Board shall conduct its affairs in accordance with the Iowa Open Meetings Law, Chapter 21 of the Code of Iowa. The Secretary of the Board shall forward a copy of the minutes of the monthly Board meeting by the 30th day of the month of meeting for inclusion in the agenda packet for the City Council meeting of the next month. The Clerk shall assist the Secretary in complying with this requirement.


BUDGET CERTIFIED. The Board shall, on or before January 15 of each year, submit to the Council each year a proposed budget and tax levy for general park purposes for the ensuing fiscal year. The Council shall include such tax levy, or so much thereof as it may deem necessary, in the levy for the General Fund of the City as certified to the County Auditor.


JURISDICTION AND AUTHORITY. The Board has control of all parks and pleasure areas except the “Swimming Pool Recreational Area.” Subject to the approval of the Council, the Board may sell, lease, exchange, or acquire any real estate deemed by the Board to be beneficial to the City.


All employees of the Board shall be subject to all of the City’s employee policies, procedures, rules and regulations.


RULES AND REGULATIONS. The Board shall have the power to make rules and regulations for the use of park or other facilities under its control; such rules shall be posted on the facility or otherwise publicized in a manner to provide adequate notice to the public.


Any person who violates a Board rule or regulation which has been approved by the Council and adopted by ordinance may be subjected to the penalties provided for in the ordinance adopting the rule or regulation.