[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Upper Merion Township 9-9-1999 by Ord. No. 99-692. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Parks — See Ch. 115.
There is hereby created a Parks and Recreation Board in and for the Township of Upper Merion. The Board shall consist of seven persons to be appointed by the Board of Supervisors for such terms as shall permit no more than two terms to expire in any one calendar year.
The members of the Board shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors for terms of five years in such order that at least one member's term shall expire annually. The aforesaid appointments for a specified term notwithstanding, a Board member may stay in office until a successor qualifies or is appointed, except that the members first appointed shall be appointed so that the terms of not more than two members expire annually. All persons appointed shall serve their full terms unless voluntarily resigned or removed by the Board of Supervisors for dereliction or neglect of duty.
The members of the Board shall serve without pay but may be reimbursed by the township for all expenses incurred in performing their duties. Vacancies occurring other than by expiration of term shall be for the unexpired term and shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments.
The Parks and Recreation Board shall elect its own Chairman and Secretary and any other officers deemed necessary, to serve for a period of one year.
The Parks and Recreation Director shall be the administrative officer responsible for effectuating the policies and program of the Parks and Recreation Board, which policies shall be recommended by the Parks and Recreation Board and approved by the Board of Supervisors. The Parks and Recreation Director shall report to the Board of Supervisors through the Township Manager. The Parks and Recreation Director will obtain approval of the recreation program and expenditures from the Board of Supervisors prior to the effectuation of any such program and the expenditures of any funds
The Parks and Recreation Board shall initiate, provide and recommend to the Board of Supervisors, from time to time, plans for the acquisition of, or construction of, improvement of, maintenance of, equipping of, operation of, financing of and regulation of public parks, parkways, playgrounds, play fields, swimming pools, bathing places and indoor and outdoor recreation places and facilities. The Board may cooperate with one or more other municipalities for these purposes.
The Parks and Recreation Board shall make and alter rules and regulations for its organization and procedure provided that said rules and regulations shall be consistent with the ordinances of the Township of Upper Merion, the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and shall be approved by the Board of Supervisors. The Parks and Recreation Board may incur expenses only when authorized by and approved by the Board of Supervisors.
The Parks and Recreation Board, at such times as directed by the Board of Supervisors, shall annually review the proposed budgets for the ensuing year as prepared by the Parks and Recreation Director to be submitted to and approved by the Board of Supervisors. The Parks and Recreation Board shall not in any manner obligate the township for the payment of any municipal funds until the same is appropriated by the Board of Supervisors.
The Parks and Recreation Board shall exercise the authority granted herein over any recreation place acquired hereafter or now existing, unless otherwise specified by the Board of Supervisors.