RIO VISTA — The City Council agreed Tuesday to keep the Recreation Commission intact, with some caveats and guidance to kick-start the floundering group.
A couple of positions on the commission remained unfilled for months due to lapsed terms and staff was directed to contact those members to see if they were interested in an additional term. The positions would also be advertised locally.
Additionally, staff was directed to check into hiring “a retiree” as a “limited hire” who could help find funding, most likely through grants, for recreational activities.
The city currently does not have a recreation program but council members agreed that a program for adults and children would be beneficial to the city.
“We need something to help our commission and grow our recreation department into something that benefits all the citizens,” said Councilwoman Constance Boulware.
Several recreation committee members spoke in favor of keeping the commission and asked for direction and clarification on items, including communication between city staff and the commission. The lone dissent came from resident Lynne Hansen, who said the city should not be involved in recreational programs.
“It is the parents’ responsibility to take care of the kids and not the city,” she said.
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