New park manager position proposed for funding

Amy Cherry
Staff Writer

The St. Marys Recreation Board is hoping a new park manager position will help with long-term sustainability of the city’s parks. 
The newly-proposed position will provide the Recreation Board with day-to-day management of the parks, short- and long-term planning of capital improvements, development of a comprehensive maintenance plan for all the parks and serve as a liaison between the Recreation Department and the city. 
The Recreation Board requested an additional .3 mill in funding from the city during a recent City Council meeting. The increase is equivalent to $63,000 which would help fund the new part-time position with a salary of $30,000. 
Although the position is part-time, the new manager would work a flexible 20/hour work week throughout the year, dividing time between an office at City Hall and in the field at the parks.
"It's a tax increase, but it's a very small one in the grand scheme of things,” said City Manager Tim Pearson. “I’m a big proponent behind it. I think its a huge win for the Recreation Board if they can figure out the funding for that.”
For residents the tax increase results in an additional $7.50/year for those living in a home with a $25,000 assessed value or $15/year for those living in a home with a $50,000 assessed value.