There is hereby created in the division of parks and recreation an Ohio parks and recreation council, which shall consist of seven members to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. By reason of vocation, employment, or affiliation one of the members shall be classed as a representative of municipal parks, one as a representative of metropolitan park districts, one as a representative of conservancy districts, one as a representative of soil and water conservation districts, one as a representative of private recreational facilities, and two as representatives of the public.
Terms of office shall be for three years, commencing on the first day of February and ending on the thirty-first day of January. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of that term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.
The council shall annually select from among its members a chairperson and a vice-chairperson.
Members of the council shall receive no compensation, but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties as members of the council.
The council shall hold at least one regular meeting in each quarter of each calendar year, and shall keep a record of its proceedings, which shall be open to the public for inspection. Special meetings may be called by the chairperson, and shall be called by the chairperson upon receipt of a written request therefor signed by two or more members of the council. A written notice of the time and place of each meeting shall be sent to each member of the council. A majority of the members of the council shall constitute a quorum.
The chief of the division of parks and recreation shall act as secretary of the council. Technical, legal, and other services required by the council in the performance of its official duties shall be furnished by the personnel of the division of parks and recreation.
The governor may remove any member of the council at any time for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office.
Effective Date: 08-21-1973; 04-06-2007
Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.39,SB 171, §4