[HISTORY: Adopted by the County Council of Talbot County 3-13-2001 by Bill No. 807. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Public landings — See Ch. 121.
Editor's Note: This enactment also superseded former Ch. 102, Parks and Recreation, which consisted of the following articles: Art. I, Department of Parks and Recreation, adopted 6-10-1975 by Bill No. 15, as amended; and Art. II, Community Center and Golf Course, adopted 12-11-1984 by Bill No. 208.
The Talbot County Department of Parks and Recreation be and the same hereby is created.
The Department of Parks and Recreation shall be responsible for the organization and conduct of public recreation and public parks in all areas of the County not presently controlled by one of the municipal subdivisions. It shall also be responsible for the organization and conduct of public parks, playgrounds and other recreational facilities open to the public which are so located, excepting Hog Neck Golf Course. It shall encourage development of cooperative programs and joint use of facilities among the various political subdivisions of the County and act as a clearinghouse for coordination of ongoing programs. It shall coordinate use of the facilities with the Department of Education. The Department shall have such other duties as may be prescribed by directive of the County Manager or by legislative act of the County Council not inconsistent with the County Charter.
[Added 5-24-2016 by Bill No. 1330]
Definitions: For purposes of this section, "litter" or "household garbage" means all rubbish, waste matter, refuse, trash, debris, dead animals, or other discarded materials of every kind and description.
Enforcement. The Director of Parks and Recreation or his designee shall enforce this section and for that purpose shall have and may exercise the same authority as that granted to the Chief Code Compliance Officer in Chapter 58, "Enforcement of Code." This includes, without limitation, authority to issue administrative abatement orders, civil penalties, fines, and all other available remedies as provided in Chapter 58.
Rebuttable presumption. It shall be a rebuttable presumption that any article bearing a person's name and/or address which is found at a location in violation of this section is the property of the person whose name and/or address it bears; and it shall be a rebuttable presumption that this person placed or caused the article to be placed at the location where found.
Violations. A violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine, as follows:
Editor's Note: With the permission of the County, the citation of dollar amounts in this subsection was changed to match the style found throughout the County Code.
There is hereby created a Talbot County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
[Amended 1-9-2018 by Bill No. 1380]
The Talbot County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board shall consist of 10 voting members, including one member from the County Council, the County Manager and the Director of the Department of Parks & Recreation as ex officio nonvoting members. The term of the County Council representative shall expire with the Council elective term of office. The appointed members shall be selected as follows: one member each from the Towns of Easton, St. Michaels, Oxford, and Trappe, as nominated by those respective bodies and appointed by the Council; one member each from Chapel District, Easton District and the Bay Hundred District and two at-large members to be appointed by the County Council and one member to be nominated by the Talbot County Board of Education and appointed by the County Council. Existing appointments shall continue for their full current terms, and the members from Chapel District and the Easton District shall serve a partial term from July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017, respectively, and shall be eligible for consideration for reappointment to a subsequent four-year term. As each term expires, the new appointment shall be for a term of four years, to commence from the first day of July of the year in which it is made or until a successor is appointed. Vacancies, except for those at the expiration of a term, shall be filled in the same manner as an original appointment and for the unexpired term. Members of the Board shall receive no compensation for their services. The Board shall annually elect a Chairman and Vice Chairman from its membership. From time to time, the County Council or the Advisory Board may create subcommittees and task forces whose members may but need not be members of the Talbot County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
The Board shall assess the recreational needs and resources of Talbot County and may coordinate with community organizations to promote recreational opportunities for the general public. It shall review the annual budget request prepared by the Director. It shall make recommendation to the Director and the County Council regarding the staffing, maintenance and operation of recreational facilities and programs, as well as landings, docks and other public property under its management. The Board shall make recommendations to the County Council relating to plans and policies for public recreation, the organization of recreational councils, the establishment of recreational programs and plans for the acquisition of land for public recreation and open space prepared by the Office of Planning and Zoning. The Board shall meet as needed, but not less than quarterly. All meetings shall be open to the public, unless applicable Maryland law permits an executive or closed session. The Board shall report on its activities annually and at such other times as requested by the County Council.
[Amended 4-16-2013 by Bill No. 1234]
The County Council shall appoint a Director of Parks and Recreation who shall be a department head within the organizational structure of the County and shall supervise the operations of the Department, subject to the authority of the County Manager. The Director shall annually prepare a budget request for the Department, which shall first be submitted to the Talbot County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for approval.
There shall be created a Talbot County Golf Board which shall consist of three residents of Talbot County who shall serve terms of three years each. The Golf Board shall be the successor to the body formerly known as the “Talbot County Park Board,” the latter having existed as an official County board since 1974. The members of the Talbot County Park Board as of January 1, 2001, shall become the members of the Talbot County Golf Board. The terms of the members shall be assigned by the County Council with one term expiring on June 1, 2001, and one expiring on that same date each year thereafter. The Golf Board shall annually select a Chairman and Vice Chairman from its membership.
[Amended 4-16-2013 by Bill No. 1234]
The County Council shall appoint a Director of Golf Operations who shall be a department head within the organizational structure of the County and shall supervise all golf operations of Talbot County, subject to the authority of the County Manager. The Director of Golf Operations shall annually prepare a budget request, which shall first be submitted to the Golf Board for approval.
The Hog Neck Golf Course and all programs of the Golf Board are expected to operate on a self-sustaining basis and to contribute annually to the Parks and Recreation budget such sums as may be fixed by the County Council in the annual budget.
The Golf Board shall advise the Director of Golf Operations and the County Council relating to policies, planning, development, operation, management, fees, budgeting, staffing and maintenance of the Hog Neck Golf Course and all other County-operated golf programs collectively as a self-supporting enterprise. The Golf Board shall meet as needed, but at least quarterly. All meetings shall be open to the public, unless applicable Maryland law permits an executive or closed session. The Golf Board shall report on its activities to the Council no less than annually and at such other times as requested by the County Council.
The fiscal or budget year begins on the first day of July and ends on the last day of June of the succeeding year. The budget requests for the Department of Parks and Recreation and for the Hog Neck Golf Course and other golf programs shall be prepared in accordance with applicable County regulations and the provisions of this chapter.