City of Aberdeen, MD
Harford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Commissioners of the Town of Aberdeen (now Mayor and Council of the City of Aberdeen) 8-18-1970 by Ord. No. 187 (Ch. 20 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks — See Ch. 406.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
A. 
The Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Board (hereinafter "Board") is hereby established.
B. 
The Board is created for the purpose of promoting parks and recreation in the City and of being the legal successor to the Recreation Council and any other parks and recreation committees, boards, councils, etc., by whatever name known, established on or after November 4, 1963, by the governing body.
[Amended 8-23-2010 by Ord. No. 10-O-12]
[Amended 9-13-1982]
A. 
The Board shall have the number of members as is approved from time to time by action of the Mayor and Council.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
B. 
Except as provided in Subsection C below, 1/2 of the members of the Board shall serve for three-year terms and 1/2 of the members of the Board shall serve for one-year terms.[1]
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection C, which stated that one Council member would be appointed annually to represent the City, as amended, and which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 2-27-2012 by Ord. No. 12-O-03.
Subject to the supervision and the budgetary policies and appropriations of the Mayor and Council, the powers and duties of the Board shall be as follows:
A. 
To determine all questions of general policy relating to parks and recreation under the jurisdiction of the Mayor and Council.
B. 
To supervise the expenditure of funds appropriated by the Mayor and Council and other funds collected by the Board for parks and recreation purposes.
C. 
To appoint special committees to assist and advise in the exercise of its powers, duties and functions.
D. 
To employ through the Mayor and Council or the Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation such personnel as it may deem necessary and proper for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this chapter.
E. 
To establish, maintain and operate a comprehensive public recreation program and such recreation areas, structures, facilities and services, either publicly or privately owned, as are necessary therefor.
F. 
To purchase necessary equipment and supplies.
G. 
To establish schedules of charges for the use of the facilities available to it and for the services rendered by it.
H. 
To establish reasonable rules and regulations for the use of said facilities and for the participation by groups and individuals in its programs.
I. 
Subject to the approval of the Mayor and Council, to accept gifts of land, water, buildings or other improvements thereon for use as public recreation and park areas or facilities and moneys, supplies and equipment, in accordance with the purposes of this chapter; provided, however, that legal title to said gifts shall be vested in the Mayor and Council.
J. 
To join or cooperate with the United States of America, the State of Maryland, Harford County, any other municipal corporation and any other governmental agency or citizens' group in providing, establishing, conducting and maintaining recreation centers, playgrounds, parks and other recreation facilities, programs and activities.
K. 
To submit to the Mayor and Council an annual report of its activities, together with recommendations for further activities and development of its parks and recreation facilities and programs.
L. 
To submit an annual budget to the City Manager for approval by the Mayor and Council at a time fixed by the Mayor and Council itemizing any appropriations and expenditures necessary for the performance of its functions and duties.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
A. 
In the event that a member resigns, the Chairperson shall recommend to the Mayor and Council a qualified replacement for approval.
B. 
Any member of the Board may be removed for good cause by the Mayor and Council. Before removal, the member to be removed shall be notified in writing of the reasons therefor and may request a public hearing before the Mayor and Council within 10 days after receipt of the notice of removal.
C. 
Any vacancy in the membership of the Board shall be filled by the Mayor and Council in the manner prescribed in § 108-2 of this chapter; provided, however, that in the case of an unexpired term, the term of the new member shall be only for the remainder of the unexpired term for which his predecessor was appointed.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
A. 
The Board shall elect a Chairperson from its members. The term of the Chairperson shall be for one year, and he or she shall be eligible for reelection.
B. 
The Board shall elect a Vice Chairperson from its members. The term of the Vice Chairperson shall be for one year, and he or she shall be eligible for reelection.
C. 
The Board shall appoint a Secretary, who may or may not be a member of the Board and may or may not be also the Treasurer of the Board. The Secretary shall serve for a one-year term and shall be eligible for reappointment.
D. 
The Board shall appoint a Treasurer, who may or may not be a member of the Board and who may or may not be also the Secretary of the Board. The Treasurer shall serve a one-year term and shall be eligible for reappointment. The Board shall require the Treasurer to give corporate bond in such amount as it may determine for the faithful performance of the duties of his office, including the collection and accounting for of all sums of money due the Board. Said bond shall be filed with the Mayor and Council and the premium thereon paid by the Board. The Board may open in its own name a bank account in a bank located in Aberdeen.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
The members of the Board shall not be entitled to compensation for their services on the Board.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
A. 
Meetings. The Board shall hold such regular and special meetings and may adopt such rules and regulations as it may deem necessary for the proper transaction of any business and for the protection of property under its control.
B. 
Quorum. All meetings of the Board, except executive sessions, shall be open to the public. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum. No vacancy in the Board shall impair the right of a quorum to exercise all the rights or perform all of the duties of the Board.
A. 
The City Manager shall serve as an advisor to the Board.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
B. 
The City Attorney shall serve as attorney for the Board.
The Director of the Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation or his designated representative shall be an advisor to the Board.
[Amended 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 358-90]
The administration of the programs and the maintenance and operation of the facilities of the Board or available to the Board shall be performed by the District Supervisor or other personnel assigned for that purpose to Aberdeen by the Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation or by personnel assigned for that purpose by the Director of Public Works.