Meetings will be held in March, June, September and December each year, at 7 p.m., on the second Tuesday of the month. Other special meetings can be held as needed. The general public is invited to attend all park advisory board meetings.
The Riley County Park Advisory Board consists of representatives from the following organizations or agencies:
Fairmont Community - Joe Edmunds, Chair
City of Riley - Alan Brown, Vice Chair
City of Randolph - Janie Dunstan
City of Ogden - Kenneth Carroll
Riley County Extension Council - Doug Jardine
Riley County Fair Board - Dani Anderson
City of Leonardville - Deandra Anderson
2 Reps from the Township Assn. - Duaine Sherwood, vacant
City of Manhattan - Mike Roediger
3 Representatives at large - Michael Gassmann, Jordon Seirer, vacant
Keats Community - Dave Suhling
University Park - Curt Friedrich
Director of Public Works - Leon Hobson
Park Manager - Greg Lund
Extension Director - Jennifer Wilson
Agriculture Agent - Gregg Eyestone
The County Park Board is responsible for:
Evaluating county park needs
Developing a plan to meet those needs
Establishing priorities for park improvements
Recommending the allocation of money from the park budget for funding the planned improvements
Local Park Boards
In each community, a local park board is established for the purpose of planning park facility improvements. Local city governments will be responsible for maintaining all improvements or facilities funded by the county for their community. Each organization or agency will be asked to recommend an appointee to the County Commission to represent their group on the advisory board when a vacancy occurs.
Initially, the County Commission enacted legal provisions under K.S.A. 19-2801, 19-2802, and 19-2803, to levy ad valorem taxes up to 0.5 mil, for the improvement of park and recreational facilities in the cities of Leonardville, Manhattan, Ogden, Riley and the rural areas of Riley County. Funds are now budgeted each year in the general fund. A variety of grants, gifts and agreements to cost-share with other agencies provide additional funds for some projects.
Appointments to the Board
The Riley County Clerk will assist the County Commission with maintenance of the parks advisory board membership roster. If a member is appointed as a representative from the Extension Council, Fair Board, or Township Officers Association, their appointment to the park board will coincide with their term on the other boards. The County Clerk will annually review the membership roster to renew or request new representatives for appointment by the County Commission.