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New Site considers hiring parks and recreation director

Published 12:02pm Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New Site Town Council discussed potentially hiring a parks and recreation director/emergency service coordinator at Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting, along with other items of business.

Members of the council were given job descriptions at the previous meeting to review and analyze the pros and cons.

“I’m a little concerned about how deeply we want to get into parks and rec,” said councilman Michael East. “We haven’t really talked with the current administration down there and their volunteer group to see how things are going with them.”

East pointed out that the council doesn’t want to get involved with being in charge of purchasing equipment and uniforms or taking total control of the parks and recreation for New Site, which is currently run by a board.

Councilman Mickey Carter said one important thing to consider is although the current board is responsible and works well without any accountability to the city, that may not always be the case.

“If we don’t get a little grip on it, we could get another group coming through that’s not going to be as up to par as the rest of them,” Carter said.

One suggestion, made by councilman Barry Clark, was to rethink the nature of the job and perhaps even rename it something like “facilities manager” as opposed to “parks and rec director.”

“Just to be over the actual facilities down there: to make sure they’re doing the restrooms right and not letting every Tom, Dick and Harry run down there and open it up whenever they want to … Maybe it needs to be more that way,” Clark said.

Other councilmen voiced support of that idea, and they all agreed they didn’t want to take over control of parks and rec.

Ultimately, the council moved to table the decision of whether to hire such a position.

The council also:

- agreed for town clerk Shelia Fuller to attend a Clerk’s Conference in Tuscaloosa

- agreed to contract with Overhead Door of Millbrook to install a new roll-up steel bay door in the basement of the Fire Department building

- agreed to allow Carla Smith to use the community room free of charge for a benefit for Billy Lovelady Sept. 16

- heard a report from police Chief John McKelvey on current cases

- heard a report from the Water Department, particularly on progress on the Veazey Road Water Extension project, including agreeing to hire Wayne Allen to complete the project for $6,000 plus $250 per bore.

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