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Columbia, Walla Walla Prescott Joint Park And Recreation District Commissioner Subdivision 3

4-year term; No salary A Parks & Recreation District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the public parks and recreation facilities within their jurisdiction, as well as the acquisition of other parks space as funds provide and is appropriate. The commission sets the general policies and workplan of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional parks and recreation staff. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any parks levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
  • Douglas (Doug) Venn (NP) Retired

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Biographical Information

Why did you decide to run for this position?

What are three major issues facing your park and recreation district?

Of the three, which one is the most urgent?

What experiences have you had that prepares you for this position?

Phone (509) 849-2476
Town where you live Prescott,Washington
Experience (300 characters max) I have served or am serving as a member or officer on governing boards with topics related to Disaster Response, civic service, housing, literacy, health care and church related.
Experience and continuity are important in this type of a position. It takes some time to become familiar with the requirements and the policies that govern this junior taxing district board.. I have served several terms and am now familiar with the opportunities present for the District. I would like to continue to pursue additional improvements to the park and pool similar to those that have been made recently. These have been accomplished by the combined efforts of the staff, board members,volunteers,patrons and voters.
1. Funding ,both public and private. 2.Grounds and facilities improvements 3.Staffing
It is hard to separate these issues since they are mixed together. I feel that public funding in the form of passage of the annual levy and private funding in the form of donations and grants are the lifeblood of the Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District. I would consider adequate funding the most important or most urgent.
I have served as a commissioner and an officer on the board for several terms. I have supported the passage of the annual maintenance and operations levy with my ballot and encouraged others to do so. During my term of service on the board I have initiated and been supportive of seeking out grants and donations to meet the needs of the district and to better serve our patrons. I do not take credit for the success of both initiatives since the voters, the hard working staff and volunteers and patrons have been responsible for those achievements. It would be my job to support them as we work together to better serve the swimming and recreational needs of our community. logo


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