Monday, January 7, 2013

Kathy Beam Resigns from the Greenville City Park Board

Effective today, Kathy Beam has resigned from the Greenville City Park Board. She provided the statement below and you can read the full text of her resignation letter after the break (click on the continue reading link a the bottom).

I have resigned my position on the Greenville City Park Board, effective immediately ( today) and sent the same to the Mayor of Greenville. I have volunteered in this community for over 25 years and have loved every minute of it. It’s hard to be a quitter, however, I can only work in a team environment and I didn’t see the current environment between the park board and the City of Greenville administration changing any time soon. I guess you could say, there are two different visions. For the past two months, we have had only two board members. When Mr. Harless resigned, there was no one re-appointed. I have had some citizens come to my home and call me to talk about the park board, showed an interest. I referred to the Mayor as he is who appoints to the board. We have great citizens in this community who have a genuine interest in our parks and wanted to be involved but for one reason or another were never asked. I will remain active in the community and continue to be involved. I love the city and I'm not going anywhere. I'm going continue to help and maybe I can continue to do more on the outside than on the inside. It has been an honor to serve the citizens from back in the 90’s on the Recreation board and recently on the park board. We do live in a great city! I wish Andy Meade all the success in 2013.

Kathy Beam

January 7, 2013

Dear Mayor Bowers,

I HAVE BEEN VOLUNTEERING FOR OUR CITY a very long time; for our youth in this community as well as in the state of Ohio. I resent that some in your administration continue to question my ability, my passion and my experience to my position on the park board. In accordance with the ORC, we are to have a full three member board and for the past three months, we have been at a two member board. I have had many people express interest in coming onto the park board, however, for one reason or another; no contact was made from you. Bringing Ms. Baker on was just as she stated to council at the last meeting, a liaison between the park board and council… To me that takes a position from a lifelong citizen that wants to be a part of the board. If Ms. Baker wanted to be a liaison, then have council appoint that, or just simply come to a meeting. I have been volunteering for over 25 years and have always worked on a team, this time, I cannot see a team working in the future. With that being said, I don’t want or need people that have personal agendas and continuing to question the citizens of this community that give back so much. Therefore, I am resigning my position on the park board effective immediately. It has truly been an honor to serve this community.

Kathy Beam
Ohio Revised Code
If a majority of the electors voting at an election under section 755.01 of the Revised Code vote in favor of the appointment of a board of park commissioners, the mayor shall immediately appoint three electors of the city as members of such board, to be known as the “board of park commissioners.” Such members shall be appointed for terms of one, two, and three years, respectively, and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years. In case of the death or resignation of a member of such board, the mayor shall immediately appoint a successor to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term. The members of the board shall serve without compensation. The mayor may remove, with the consent of a majority of those elected to the legislative authority of the city, any member of such board for incompetency or official misconduct.

(Highlights and bold from Kathy - JL)

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