[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Old Saybrook 11-24-1980 by Ord. No. 23 of the 1980 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
In accordance with and pursuant to the authority of C.G.S. § 7-148, there be and hereby is created in the Town of Old Saybrook a Parks and Recreation Commission. Said Commission shall consist of seven members, who shall be electors of the Town and no more than four members of which at any one time shall be members of the same political party.
The first members of said Commission shall be elected at the Town Meeting adopting this chapter held on the first Monday of October 1963. At said Annual Town Meeting, four members shall be elected for a term of four years and three members shall be elected for a term of two years each from the date of election. Thereafter, biennially, members shall be elected at the Annual Town Meeting in place of the members whose terms expire, each for a term of four years from the date of election. All such members shall serve until their successors are elected and duly qualified, and shall serve without compensation. Vacancies occurring otherwise than by expiration of term of office shall be filled by appointment by the Board of Selectmen for the unexpired portion of the term.
Immediately after taking office, the members of the Commission shall meet and elect a Chair and such other officers as may be necessary for a period of one year.
The Parks and Recreation Commission shall hold regular meetings and shall designate the time and place thereof, and shall have the power to adopt rules and regulations for the conduct of business within its jurisdiction, and shall keep a record of all its proceedings. Four members shall constitute a quorum.
The powers and duties of the Parks and Recreation Commission shall be exercised and performed as herein provided, and in conformity with the Town ordinances.
The Commission shall be charged with the control, development, establishment, management, operation, and maintenance of a system of parks, recreational areas, and facilities, and shall be charged with the supervision and maintenance of playgrounds, playfields, bathing beaches, recreation centers, and other recreation and park activities, areas, and facilities and shall have the power to expend funds appropriated by the Town for such purposes.
The Commission, subject to Town rules and regulations, shall have the power to employ a Director of Parks and Recreation, who is properly qualified in experience and education and such other personnel as the Director and Commission deem proper. The salaries of personnel shall be fixed by the Commission.
The Commission shall have the power to conduct outdoor and indoor recreation activities and facilities on the grounds and in the buildings in charge of the Board of Education, subject to its consent.
The Commission shall have the authority to conduct at reasonable charges such facilities for amusement, entertainment, refreshment, or transportation of the public as are suitable for park and recreation purposes, and in accordance with Chapter 303, Zoning Regulations, and may let privileges therefor, but such privileges shall be subject to the supervision and control of the Commission or personnel authorized by the Commission.
The Commission may make all contracts to carry out the objectives and purposes of the Commission and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be necessary or proper for the proper administration of the affairs of the Commission.
The Commission shall adopt such rules and regulations as it deems necessary and advisable for the proper control, development, management, operation and maintenance of all parks, recreational areas, facilities, playgrounds, playfields and bathing beaches under its jurisdiction. Such rules and regulations shall be posted at each park, beach or recreational area, and a copy of said rules and regulations shall be placed on the official signpost outside the Town Hall. Any person or persons violating any of said rules or regulations shall be subject to arrest and fine not to exceed $25 for each violation of any rule or regulation so adopted and posted.
The Parks and Recreation Commission shall, at a designated time each year, make a written report relative to the work of the Commission and shall submit such other reports as may be requested from time to time.
The Parks and Recreation Commission, at the regularly designated time, shall submit to the Board of Finance an estimate of anticipated expenditures for the coming fiscal year. Said Commission shall operate within the budget as approved.
The Parks and Recreation Commission shall establish and cause to be maintained accurate records for the Commission's work. They shall keep a record of the minutes of all meetings, procedures, and accounts of the Commission, such records to be filed in the office of the Town Clerk to become a part of the permanent record to the Town.