Riley County Park Advisory Board
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.
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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
- Admin Asst II - Mary Graham
- 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.