The city of Town & County recently saw three ordinances that proposed changes to multiple city commissions, including the Parks & Trails Commission, Police, Fire and EMS Commission and the Public Art Commission.
The first ordinance that came before the city’s Board of Aldermen at the Sept. 23 meeting proposed changing the name of the city’s Police, Fire and EMS Commission to the Public Safety Commission. The ordinance was recommended by the Commission Task Force, who felt the change would both follow the Missouri state definition and captures the promise behind the jobs held by police, fire and EMS officials.
The measure to pass the legislation failed by a vote of 4 to 1, with Alderman Lindsey Butler [Ward 2] voting against it. Due to the absence of two aldermen and the resignation of another alderman in early September, the city required a positive vote by all five voting members to pass the name change. Therefore, the commission will remain known as the Police, Fire and EMS Commission.
However, the board did pass an ordinance that amended the list of duties for the Parks & Trails Commission. The updated list includes, but is not limited to:
- Assessing opportunities for the provision of recreational programs and events for residents of all ages and stages of life.
- Assisting in the development of an Events & Activities Master Plan to be made publicly available by Jan. 1 of each year. Activities contained therein would be broadly-based and promote utilization of each park’s features.
- Making recommendations to the Board of Aldermen on Parks and Recreation.
- Enforcing department policies, procedures, programming, and facility fees.
Alderman Tiffany Frautschi [Ward 2] proposed that the Parks & Trails Commission also change its name to include the word “recreation”, but the motion was voted down. Therefore, no new name was adopted for the commission.
The final ordinance before the board proposed changing the Public Art Commission’s name to the Community Art & Culture Commission to further encompass music and history aspects. Along with the proposed name change, several changes were made throughout the ordinance, most notably in the duties section. Some highlights include:
- Promoting close cooperation between the city and its corporate citizens, institutions, and agencies that are interested in conducting art-related activities in the city.
- Identifying key entry points into the city and areas of high interest for exterior art display
- and make recommendations to the Board of Aldermen regarding appropriate pieces to be exhibited.
- Assessing opportunities for the provision of musical events throughout the city, including but not limited to the annual Art, Wine & Music event.
- Fostering civic pride in the community by promoting an awareness of the city’s history to its residents.
The measure was approved by all present aldermen.