NEW HARTFORD – The town is looking into the possibility of establishing a parks commission.

“There are a lot of things we can do with the parks,” said Town Supervisor Paul Miscione.

Miscione said the town has a parks committee, but said it is basically dormant and people have stepped away. He said the committee has not met during his six-year tenure on the town board.

Of the town’s three parks, Miscione singled out Sherrillbrook Park on Route 12 – the town’s largest park. He noted the state of the gazebo and benches at the park.

“It’s been deteriorating,” he said. “They need a little updating. Some TLC.”

Miscione said grants could help fund any restoration that needs to be done.

Third Ward Councilman David Reynolds said a parks commission probably would be a good idea.

“Anytime we can get more public input, it’s critical,” he said.

John Cunningham — parks director for New Hartford — said he also would be in favor of the commission.

“If it’s going to make the parks better, it’s good for everyone,” he said.

Miscione said the town attorney is gathering information on creating the commission. He said the commission — if implemented — would have the authority to make changes to the parks.

A public hearing would be required before implementing the commission, Miscione said. He added that town would then advertise for residents to serve on the commission.

“It’s putting extra eyes on the community,” Miscione said of the possible commission.

Contact reporter Ed Harris at 315-792-5063 or follow him on Twitter (@OD_EHarris).


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