NEW BROCKTON, Ala. (WDHN) — It was standing-room-only at the New Brockton City Hall Meeting as parents were fighting for their kids to be able to keep recreational sports in the city.
“We found out we were supposed to appoint a board by state law,” New Brockton Mayor, Kathryn Holley said.
Everything had been fine up until this law was discovered.
“For years, this has functioned with the parents and they use the fields. The recreation department has always ran its own self and we just facilitated with the checks and accountability of the money,” Mayor Holley said.
So a special meeting was called to hear community input and make a decision as to what needed to be done.
Ultimately, the city council decided to temporarily appoint a board, that will work with a sub-committee to get the recreation department transferred into a non-profit.
“Our plans are to dissolve this board so the sub-committee can make a non-profit organization. And then we will operate and create our own bylaws, as long as they are within the law,” Acting President of New Brockton Parks and Recreation, Courtney Whitaker said.
The New Brockton City Council says it’s fine with them doing just that.
“We don’t have a problem with them forming a nonprofit. It would entitle them to be eligible for different grants,” Mayor Holley said.
The mayor has seen the work and dedication these parents have committed to the sports program, and she wants to remind the community that the city council never wanted to get rid of sports in town but just to ensure the city is operating legally.
“They really are a hard-working group — and they have done a lot of work and like I said, it’s for the children,” Mayor Holley said.
“At the end of the day, the goal was to keep the program running, and that’s what is going to happen,” said Whitaker.