City appoints three to Recreation Authority

Published 9:15 pm Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Bainbridge City Council unanimously approved the appointment of three individuals to serve on the city’s behalf on the Bainbridge-Decatur County Recreation Authority Tuesday.

Bert Hines, whose term will expire on Dec. 31, 2016, Carol Floyd, whose term will expire Dec. 31, 2017, and Jeff Findley, whose term will expire Dec. 31, 2018, will represent the City of Bainbridge on the authority.

The authority consists of six members total, three from the city and three appointed by the Decatur County Board of Commissioners, and are to meet at least once a month to discuss the management of all recreational parks within Decatur County.

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A chairperson, vice chairperson and secretary-treasurer are to be appointed by the six members. Members will not be directly compensated.

According to the Recreation Authority Bill, the authority will become active July 1.

“I certainly sought out a couple of them too, particularly because of their involvement in youth sports in the community,” Bainbridge Mayor Edward Reynolds said. “I do think there will be a lot of planning and policy making and organizational business that will take place in the first two or three years to stabilize that new program.”

The authority will have the power to provide recreational services throughout Decatur County, to provide park services throughout Decatur County, to develop, provide, maintain and operate projects and to develop and provide athletic and recreational programs, activities and services, the bill reads.

The bill also states the Decatur County Board of Commissioners will fund the authority from countywide revenues based on the county’s millage rate. This will appear as a separate line item on property tax bills.

Reynolds noted that because the authority is new, he and the rest of City Council considered the skill sets each of the appointees would bring to the table in helping things get up and running smoothly.

“Certainly we are very invested in seeing it be successful,” Reynolds said. “Some of the things I’ve heard about the county side, I’m excited about what they have as well, so I have no reservations this will be successful.”