“I was looking at the Georgia Parks and Recreation Association website,” said council member Craig Guyton, “and I noticed that most municipalities require certification in first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). That seems to be a industry standard and I think we should include that, too.”
Guyton also asked that qualifications be expanded so a candidate “possess relationships with national associations affiliated with sports.”
Mayor Kathy Foulk recommended the wording be changed to “build relationships” and move the requirement to the job responsibilities information.
Other changes to the job description included:
• familiarity with current trends in recreation management;
• experience coordinating facility reservations and rentals;
• ability to prepare and maintain athletic fields, including grass cutting, field striping and pitcher’s mound maintenance;
• ability to operate Microsoft Word, Publisher and Excel computer programs; and
• ability to lift 70 pounds.
The council unanimously voted to accept the changes and directed the city manager to advertise the position for two weeks beginning March 15.
“I would like for us to have a recreation director hired by May 1,” Guyton said.
Planning and Zoning Administrator Ron Goss brought monthly contracts totaling $137,853.85 before the council for approval. All but two were related to construction of Joe Cowan Park and included installation of security cameras totaling $10,700, lighting at the intersection of Covered Bridge Road and Euharlee Five Forks Road totaling $3131.90, and $6,900 for the planting of 119 trees in the park.
Other city council business included:
• Approval of the purchase of ammunition for Euharlee police officers totaling $920.
• Authorization for Police Chief Terry Harget to select 15 bicycles from the department’s unclaimed items to be given as prizes in the city’s annual Easter egg hunt.
• Waived the usage fee for the Woodland Nationals 13-and-under baseball team to use the commissary for a fundraising event
• Recognized members of Boy Scout Troop 54 who were attending the meeting as part of the requirements for earning a merit badge.
The Euharlee City Council’s next meeting is a work session scheduled for March 19 at 7 p.m. at city hall.