City of Columbia Missouri

Parks And Recreation Commission

Meeting Body Details

Acts in an advisory capacity in matters pertaining to public recreation, makes budget recommendations, and assists in planning a recreation program to stimulate public interest. This seven member commission must include representation from each of the six wards of the City and one at-large member. Members must be registered, qualified voters of the City and cannot be paid officers or employees of the City. The length of terms is three years, with openings occurring in May.

Members & Terms:

  • Daniel Devine - Term Ending May 31, 2021
  • Meredith Donaldson - Term Ending May 31, 2021
  • Ted Farnen - Term Ending May 31, 2021
  • Paul Morrison - Term Ending May 31, 2022
  • Chad Henry - Term Ending May 31, 2022
  • Brendon Steenbergen - Term Ending May 31, 2023
  • Sue Davis - Term Ending May 31, 2023

Establishing Legislation:

Sec. 17-16. Composition; compensation; removal; vacancies.

The council shall appoint a parks and recreation commission of seven (7) members, who shall be registered qualified voters of the city; who shall not be paid officers or employees of the city; and who shall serve without compensation. Each ward of the city shall be represented on the commission by a resident of that ward and appointments shall be made in a manner so as to preserve that representation. The council may remove any member of the commission for misconduct or neglect of duty. Vacancies on the commission occasioned by removal, resignation or for any other cause shall be filled for the remainder of the term.

(Code 1964, § 2.880(1))

Sec. 17-17. Meetings; quorum; attendance.
The commission shall meet regularly at such times and places as the commission shall determine. A quorum for the transaction of business at such meetings shall be a majority of the appointed and acting members of such commission. The chair of the commission is authorized to excuse any member from attendance at a commission meeting; provided, that the member requested to be excused before the meeting. Any member who is absent, without being excused, from twenty-five (25) per cent of the regular commission meetings held in a calendar year shall automatically forfeit the office. Any member who is absent, without being excused, from three (3) consecutive regular meetings shall automatically forfeit the office. It shall be the duty of the chair of the commission to promptly notify the city council of the vacancy.
(Code 1964, § 2.880(2); Ord. No. 17658, § 1, 4-21-03)

Sec. 17-17.1. Officers.
            (a)        The commission shall elect annually, at the first meeting in June, a chair, vice-chair, and secretary. The secretary may be an employee of the city.
            (b)        Where there is a vacancy in any elected office, the commission shall elect a new officer to serve until the next regular annual election. The new officer shall have been appointed a member of the commission, with the exception of the secretary, who may be an employee of the city. Should the chair and vice-chair both be absent, the members present shall select a member previously appointed to the commission by the council to serve as chair for that meeting.
(Ord. No. 10868, § 1, 1-20-86; Ord. No. 17658, § 1, 4-21-03)

Sec. 17-18. Powers and duties.
The parks and recreation commission shall have the power and be required to:
            (1)        Act in advisory capacity in all matters pertaining to public recreation.
            (2)      Consider the annual budget of the parks and recreation department and make recommendations with respect thereto to the city manager.
            (3)        Assist in the planning of a recreation program, promote and stimulate public interest therein; and to that end solicit to the fullest extent possible the cooperation of school authorities and other public and private agencies.
(Code 1964, § 2.890)

Sec. 17-19. Ordinances pertaining to parks and recreational activities.
No ordinance pertaining to the park department or the recreational activities of the city shall be considered by the council without first referring the same to the parks and recreation commission and receiving its recommendation with reference thereto; provided, however, that if no recommendation is received from the commission within a period of thirty (30) days after the matter is referred to the commission, then the council may take action without such recommendation.
(Code 1964, § 2.900)