by: Scott McCaulley

The current Harrison Park Commission will remain the governing body for the Harrison Parks and Recreation Department.

An ordinance was passed on a first reading at a Special Meeting in October that would begin the process of dissolving the Commission and establishing an Advisory Park Board with the purpose to better manage the money that would come in with the passage of the November Sales Tax Issues that would have built and maintained a new Parks and Recreation Center as well as upgraded other facilities. Although not stated in the ordinance, the Commission did express the desire to remain in place if the taxes did not pass.

When the second reading of the ordinance came up at last week’s Harrison City Council Meeting, Mayor Jerry Jackson stated it was his recommendation to go with the wishes of the Commission and keep the board in tact following the failure of the Sales Tax Issues. The City Council agreed and did not bring the ordinance up for a second reading killing the proposal.

Mayor Jackson stated in his recommendations the desire to see the Parks Department come under complete city supervision at some point but for now, keeping the current system in place is the best plan.