In a move 180-degrees contrary to the direction of the Geauga Park District, the Board of the Mahoning County Parks have introduced measures to address the concerns of citizens. The following article, excerpted from Vindy.com and the Youngstown Vindicator, explains the proposal to set up several citizen advisory committees to inform the Board on issues of wildlife management and eight other areas of policy. This will give the board input beyond what they receive from Parks management and staff and provide a counter balance to political influence.
New MetroParks policies address old grievances
When Mill Creek MetroParks board member Tom Shipka laid out proposed changes for park operations at a recent board meeting, his aim was healing not just the wounds inflicted earlier this year on the MetroParks’ relationship with the community, but older wounds as well.
Shipka, appointed to the board last month, was acutely aware – based on dozens of discussions he’s had with concerned community members, staff members and others with an interest in the park system – that relationships had begun to sour some time ago.