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July 31, 2013

Rec committee eyes new policy, procedures

MILLEDGEVILLE — The existing Baldwin County Parks and Recreation Policies and Procedures, established in 2009, don’t reflect how the county currently runs the recreation center. 

Recreation Director Bill McNair wrote an updated draft with alterations describing how the department operates now and how he would like to handle business in the future. The recreation committee comprised of County Commissioners Tommy French, District 2, and Henry Craig, District 4, along with County Manager Ralph McMullen discussed the rough document with McNair at length Tuesday.

Talking points included sports associations, fee structures and recreational facility use policy for activities other than by approved sports organizations.

“It’s a very broad policy that we are describing today,” Craig said. “As the committee gets closer to something that we can support, then it will be made public to the community and to the entire Board of Commissioners for their consideration also.”

The county must choose between going “wholeheartedly” with associations offering the programs or looking at McNair’s concept of booster club-type assistance to the park, according to McMullen.

“This is our No. 1 hurdle,” the manager said. 

The recreation department proposed handling financing, operation and development of youth leagues with volunteer sports association support. The Old Capitol Soccer League Association is the only county sport running itself after the previous commissioners granted that concession last summer.

McNair wants everything to run through the department, while the parental volunteers help with day-to-day duties. 

Associations would form their executive board acting similar to a booster club serving as an advisory group, raising funds for program benefit, assisting in recruitment and providing other help upon Recreation Department request.

“This is a booster club that actually gets in and helps out with everything else too up front to develop the program,” McNair said Tuesday. “They would do what they do running the program, but we would be in charge of it.”

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