[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Town of Dover 7-26-2016 by Ord. No. 18-2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A newly created Chapter 68 of the Revised Ordinances of the Town of Dover is hereby created to add "Department of Recreation" to the list of departments and offices.
Editor’s Note: Ordinance No. 18-2016 also provided that all references in the Code of the Town of Dover to the Recreation Commission or the Board of Recreation Commissioners would be deemed to refer to the Department of Recreation, and that “any authority or power or power that any person, or persons, had or was otherwise authorized by the existence of the Recreation Commission is hereby revoked. Any and all funds held by the Recreation Commission shall immediately be turned over by the Treasurer of the Recreation Commission to the Chief Financial Officer of the Town of Dover, who shall deposit said funds in an appropriate account.”
Within the Department of Economic Development and Community Affairs, there shall be a Department of Recreation in and for the Town of Dover which shall:
Administer, operate and formulate programs for indoor and outdoor recreational programs and activities for children and adults.
Administer and operate facilities, functions and activities relating to public recreation.
Use Town and public school property and buildings by agreement with the Dover Board of Education, to the extent that such property and buildings may be adaptable and available for use in recreational programs and purposes.
Plan and develop public recreational areas and facilities.
Cooperate with the Recreation Advisory Committee, any special events committees and with civic and community organizations in sponsoring a broad range of recreational and community activities for the citizens of the Town of Dover.
"Recreation Director" shall mean the Director of Economic Development and Community Affairs who shall head the Department of Recreation. The Director of Recreation shall be qualified and experienced in the field of public recreation. The Director of Recreation shall be appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen and shall supervise such other full-time or part-time employees in the Department of Recreation as shall be appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
The Director of Recreation shall carry out the policies established by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen and Town Administrator for community recreation; plan, promote, organize and administer a comprehensive recreation service for the entire community; establish administrative procedures to assure maximum service provided at a reasonable cost; check the effectiveness of the recreation service; study community recreation needs to develop immediate and long-range plans to meet these needs; interpret the recreation organization, its philosophy, and objectives; establish and maintain cooperative planning and working relationships with all other local community agencies and interested individuals; organize, train, and supervise subordinates and provide them with needed advice and assistance when difficult and unusual problems arise; recommend budget estimates to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen and Town Administrator and keep appropriate records of receipts and expenditures; recommend the acquisition, design, and construction of facilities; direct the operation of recreation facilities in areas and arrange for their proper maintenance and operation; prepare suitable and comprehensive reports; interpret and stimulate public interest in recreation activities; direct the establishment and maintenance of complete records of recreation activities and services, correspondence, personnel and property; and perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen and/or Town Administrator.
The Department of Recreation may sponsor, arrange and provide for the giving of indoor and outdoor exhibitions, concerts, games and contests and may use and employ public property for such purposes. The Department may charge and collect for the use of the Town a reasonable admission fee for each person entering or using facilities, exhibitions, concerts, games or contests.
The Department, with the approval of the Town Administrator, may adopt reasonable rules and regulations for the use of Town facilities and for the conduct of all persons while on or using public or private property devoted to or being utilized for Town recreational purposes. Until such time as new rules and regulations shall be established, the rules and regulations heretofore adopted by the Board of Recreation Commissioners, if any, shall remain in effect. Any rules and regulations adopted shall be filed with the Town Clerk, and copies shall be provided to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen within 15 days of their adoption. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen shall have the right to repeal or amend any rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Recreation. Appropriate signs shall be posted to notify the public of the rules and regulations, and the copy of the rules and regulations on file with the Town Clerk shall be the official version of the rules and regulations. Any person who shall violate any rule or regulation shall, upon conviction, be subject to the general penalty prescribed in the Revised Ordinances of the Town of Dover.
The Mayor shall appoint a Recreation Advisory Committee, to consist of up to seven members, with a majority percentage of those appointed to be residents of Dover, to advise the Director of Recreation and the Town Administrator regarding the Town's recreational needs, including program, facility and equipment needs. Said appointment shall be for a period of one year.