RIO VISTA — Whether to fold or keep the long-running Recreation Commission will be up for discussion at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
Staff reports indicate that the current budget has no funding for city recreation programs or staff. Furthermore, the staff report indicates that a “number of organizations” in the city provide recreation opportunities, such as Little League, youth soccer and adult softball.
In addition, the Rio Vista Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs program has funding and operates its own programs in the city.
The Recreation Commission was formed in 1999 and is tasked with making recommendations to the council on public recreation. Out of seven commissioner positions, three are expired with no replacements. Vice Mayor Constance Boulware said she asked for the matter to come before the council so replacements could be selected.
Boulware said that commissions and committees are vital to the City Council. She doesn’t want to see the commission fold and said there is no reason for it to disband.
“I don’t understand that,” she said of one of the city staff’s recommendations, to dissolve the commission. She said that with a financial surplus in the budget, now might be the time to find the funding for recreation programs and staffing.
The other alternatives given to the council are:
Attempts to reach commission members were unsuccessful.
The council will also discuss whether to join in the Statewide Community Infrastructure Program, which will authorize the California Statewide Communities Development Authority to accept applications from property owners to finance development impact fees and public capital improvements.
The fees then owed to the city would be financed by a tax-exempt bond issued by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority, which is sponsored by the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties.
The regular meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers, One Main St. A copy of the agenda can be found online at www.riovistacity.com.
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