[Adopted 4-17-2018 by Ord. No. 12-2018]
The Parks Commission shall consist of seven members, three of which shall be members of the Green Lake County Board of Supervisors. The County Board Chair shall appoint the members, in writing, and shall file the appointments in the office of the County Clerk.
The term of each member, except for County Board members, is seven years following July 1 of the year in which the appointment is made and until the appointment and qualification of a successor, except that the first seven members shall be appointed respectfully for such terms that on July 1 in each of the seven years following the year in which they are appointed the term of one member will expire. After the original appointments, one Commissioner shall be appointed annually in the month of June to succeed the member whose term will expire on July 1 following. The term of any Park Commissioner who is a County Board member shall end when the Commissioner's membership on the County Board terminates, unless thereafter reappointed to the Commission. [See § 27.02(1); Wis. Stats.]
The powers, duties and responsibilities of the Parks Commission shall be as follows:
The maintenance of park buildings and other permanent structures, including playground equipment, is under the maintenance direction of the Parks Commission. The County Maintenance Department is responsible for solid waste removal at the parks and the hygiene of restroom facilities. A limited-term summer parks maintenance worker may be hired annually to assist with summer maintenance work.
The Parks Commission shall have the power and duty to develop, manage and maintain the grounds of the County parks system. The County parks system includes any designated park, access to lakes and streams, public recreational trails, and any other park or recreation project that is County owned and approved by the County Board.
Under the direction of the Parks Commission, the County Maintenance Department shall perform grounds maintenance: lawn mowing, brushing, spring and fall opening and closing of park grounds, maintenance of picnic tables, piers and fences, and other grounds-related maintenance functions.
The Parks Commission shall have the duty and responsibility of developing, coordinating, and updating the five-year Parks and Recreation Plan and any other plan for recreational development in Green Lake County in cooperation with the Department of Natural Resources. All plans shall be submitted to the County Board for final approval.
For acquiring, developing and maintaining the parks and any other recreational project, whenever possible the Parks Commission shall make application for grants and aids from the state and federal fish and game funds, outdoor recreation aids, land and water conservation funds. Waterways Commission funds, stewardship funds, and any other such fund available for park, trail or project acquisition and development.
The duties of a rural planning committee under § 27.019(2), (7), (8), (9), and (11), Wis. Stats.
In the absence of a general manager appointed by the County Administrator and confirmed by the County Board of Supervisors, the duties of a Parks Commission under § 27.05(1) to (8), Wis. Stats., and subject to the general supervision of the County Board and regulations prescribed by the County Board of Supervisors.
Oversee recreational trails, multiuse trails and bikeways, routes or pathways under the jurisdiction of Green Lake County.