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Applications accepted for advisory board

Ashland Parks and Recreation is taking applications from residents and related field experts to serve on a Senior Program advisory board as part of its plan to reorganize the program.

The parks commission unanimously approved Monday establishing a new advisory board of seven members — five citizen members, a city councilor and a parks commissioner.

The citizen members will include two Ashland residents and two community partners in the field such as Rogue Valley Council of Governments and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Recreation Superintendent Rachel Dials said in past meeting. The remaining seat will be unrestricted and open to a qualify applicant from either of the two groups.

The mayor will appoint a councilor to the board, and the parks commission will appoint one from its body, according to Dials.

Applications became available online starting Wednesday, Feb. 28, according to the city’s website. Hardcopies are available to pick up at the Senior Center or The Grove at 1195 E. Main St. The deadline for applications is March 28.

The board’s mission is to advise the commissioners regarding the Senior Center, according to the board’s description. It will not have a decision-making authority.

The current ad hoc Senior Center committee recommends that the advisory board work based on standards and practices that include nearly 50 objectives successful senior centers should have. Those include a mission statement, job descriptions for paid staff and volunteers, a code of ethics, statistical reports on program usage and written procedures for internal financial control.

A recall election of three of five parks commissioners takes place on March 13.

— Reach reporter Tran Nguyen at 541-776-4485 or tnguyen@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on twitter @nguyenntrann.