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Parks and Recreation Commission Appointments, Vacancy

Jul 03, 2024 09:11AM ● By Angela Underwood

DIXON, CA (MPG) - If there is public fun here, the Parks & Recreation Commission is behind it.

Dixon City Recreation manager Austin George said the city's public works and parks and recreation staff work closely with the Parks & Recreation Commission.

"Staff presents the commission with a variety of items for their input and consideration," George said. "In the past few years, these projects have included new playground equipment, grant applications and social media contests on our local parks."

Linda Babb, Public Works Administrative Clerk II, said it's important that all Parks and Recreation Commission appointments are filled "so that we can maintain a quorum and have participation from a variety of community members."

The seven-member committee, including one student, scopes ways to bring activity and amusement to Dixon.

Members, who the mayor appoints after a recruitment process, are limited to serving three consecutive two-year terms, except for students who serve a one-year term.

An adolescent's point of view is key to the commission's vision, according to George.

"The student position allows us to have input from our youth," George said. "The youth in Dixon access our parks and recreation facilities on a daily basis, so it is important for the city to have their participation."

Mayor Steve Bird reappointed incumbents Rudy Baltazar and Ronald Butts and new member Terry Lake on June 18. However, another two-year term vacancy is open for the commission, which meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Tuesday of the month at City Hall Council Chambers. 

Officials are asking any interested residents to step up to the plate to complete the seven-member committee.

"Recreation has a wide range of activities, so having commissioners with diverse interests helps by bringing their experience and passion from the different branches of recreation," George said.

Volunteering offers much more than just a $75 stipend every meeting; it provides an opportunity for community members to participate in city government and have an impact on the local community, according to George.

"The volunteer commissioners have an opportunity to share their passion about recreation with the community, which is satisfying to them and benefits the community as well," George said.

To apply for a Parks & Recreation position, email [email protected] or call 707-678-7000.