01-002-O
ORDINANCE NO. __________

AN ORDINANCE MODIFYING THE DUTIES OF THE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION; AMENDING SECTION 2-48 OF THE DULUTH CITY CODE, 1959, AS AMENDED.

BY COUNCILOR NESS:

The city of Duluth does ordain:

        Section 1.    That Section 2-48 of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, be amended to read as follows:

Sec. 2-48.    Duties--receiving public input, conducting studies, and making recommendations to mayor and city council.

        In order to explore and to determine the most advantageous use of public-owned property for the purpose of public recreation, the parks and recreation commission shall make such studies as it shall deem best and submit the result of such studies, together with its written recommendations thereon, to the mayor and the city council; and thereupon gather public input on current parks and recreation issues in Duluth, the commission shall conduct a public meeting each year to hear citizen comments on current parks and recreation issues. From this meeting, the commission shall determine a list of not more than five primary topics or suggestions and the priority of each item on the list. Each topic shall be referred to a committee of the commission where it shall be studied and discussed at further public meetings. Each committee shall make a final recommendation on each topic studied to the commission. The commission shall compile these recommendations in a yearly report to the mayor and city council. Tthe mayor and the city council shall, as soon as may be reasonably possible or practicable, dispose of such recommendations in such manner and to the extent permissible under the Charter of the city or any applicable statute.

        Section 2.    That this ordinance shall be in force and take effect 30 days from and after its passage and publication.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This ordinance amends current park and recreation commission regulations to provide for a more open and orderly procedure for the commission to conduct studies of park and recreation issues and make recommendations to the city council and mayor. The present regulations simply provide that the commission provides for a more structural process that begins with input from the general public and ends with a yearly report with recommendations on the five most pressing park and recreation issues being submitted to the city council and the mayor each year. This approach should more clearly define the role of the parks and recreation commission and should enable the commission to more efficiently perform this role. This ordinance was approved by the parks and recreation commission at its December 13, 2000, meeting.