New Hartford getting rid of Board of Parks Commission

The New Hartford town board is getting rid of the Board of Parks Commission and looking to develop a Parks Committee.

Posted: May 9, 2019 12:44 AM
Updated: May 9, 2019 1:28 AM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. - The New Hartford town board is getting rid of the Board of Parks Commission and looking to develop a Parks Committee.

Several of the commission members resigned in March due to lack of communicated between the town and the commission. 

New Hartford established the Parks and Recreation Commission in February 2018.

"We formed the commission to help the town and make the parks a better place," Paul Miscione, New Hartford town supervisor said.

The job of the commission was to supervise, oversee, manage and direct the operations of each of the town parks and all of the recreation programs provided at any of the playgrounds, parks or recreation centers by the town of New Hartford. 

Members of the commission say they weren't give the opportunity to do what they were appointed to do, and the town supervisor says they had too much authority.

"The commission we put in place had too many responsibilities and took a lot of power away from the board," Miscione said. "So what we need is a committee, that the board can look at and see what they actually want to put together, instead of something that takes over all the power in the parks because our board has been running the parks still and it kind of make it uneasy."

Members of the commission as well as the town supervisor agree that there were communication issues between the commission and the town board.

"I think really the problem was a communication problem, again I think on both ends, the supervisors office and the commissions end and I think we'll take care of that putting a committee together," Miscione said.

There was a public hearing at the town board meeting on Wednesday, and a couple of residents say they believe the town should have a park commission and things need to change.

"Had this [the commission] been done properly and had the proper channels of communication been open, I think a board would be effective and could do a good job but things need to change," Mike Kennedy, member of the commission said during the public hearing.

The next step is for the town board to sit down and take a look at exactly what they want to see from a Parks Committee so these issues don't happen again. The town supervisor says once they decide what the responsibilities will be, they will be looking for volunteers.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 394079

Reported Deaths: 32043
CountyConfirmedDeaths
New York City21547523104
Nassau418532183
Suffolk414271981
Westchester348661425
Rockland13602668
Orange10730478
Erie7337634
Dutchess4213151
Monroe3780266
Onondaga2863184
Albany2112121
Ulster178286
Oneida164290
Sullivan145245
Putnam132963
Niagara123788
Schenectady80537
Broome72258
Rensselaer55528
Saratoga55014
Columbia46637
Madison35717
Orleans28151
Steuben26841
Ontario2659
Warren26330
Greene26018
Fulton25724
Washington24614
Genesee2385
St. Lawrence2192
Oswego2013
Tompkins1770
Wayne1743
Herkimer1623
Chenango1465
Chemung1442
Tioga14324
Livingston1308
Chautauqua1277
Cattaraugus1236
Cayuga1192
Montgomery1184
Clinton1014
Wyoming955
Delaware914
Jefferson880
Otsego845
Seneca700
Allegany610
Schoharie580
Cortland470
Yates466
Essex420
Franklin310
Lewis300
Schuyler130
Hamilton60
Unassigned00
Utica
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 72°
Oneonta
Overcast
66° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 66°
Herkimer
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 72°
Thendara
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 72°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
Menu 2 Go list of takeout dinners & fish fries
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left