Western Gateway Recreation & Park District elects five members to the Board of Directors for a four year term. Directors must live within the district’s boundry (see map below). Three seats were filled in 2014 and two seats were filled in 2017. This year, 2018, three seats are up for election/re-election with the remaining two seats filling their term until 2021. Current board members are: Chairman, Nancy Peirce (2014-18); Director Dan House (2017-2021); Director Jim Driver (2014-2018); Director Chris Harris (2014-2018).
The District also has four part time paid employee positions; two maintenance, one office, and one custodial. These nine positions along with a host of volunteers are the team that operates and maintains Western Gateway Park for district residents, and those people outside the district, to use and enjoy. Maintenance personnel, Bob Frey and Tony Hill; custodian, Christine Salinas, and District Secretary, Bre Deschaine.
The budget for WGR&PD averages about $140,000 per year. Approximately $38,000 of that is raised through rental of the picnic areas and other park venues, the selling of downed trees cut into firewood, but mostly through the rental use of the Buttermaker’s Cottage. Another $106,000 is paid by district residents in the form of a $12.94 per parcel fee. This fee was voted for by district residents in 1998. In today’s dollars it has the purchasing power of about $8.61, a loss of 1/3 it’s value since it was implemented.
The Board of Directors, under Brown Act regulations, meets monthly the third Wednesday at 6 pm at the Buttermaker’s Cottage. The public is encouraged to attend. Agendas are posted a minimum of 72 hours prior to a regular meeting in five locations around Penn Valley: at Penn Valley True Value Hardware, the Penn Valley Market; in the park at the Main Parking Lot, the Buttermaker’s Cottage, the Dog Park, and this website. Board Meeting Minutes are posted on this website after they are finalized by a vote of the Board, usually the month following the meeting. The Board welcomes your input and presence at board meetings! Should you want an item addressed at a meeting, we provide for an open comment period, or call the office to have it placed on the agenda.
Board Agendas & Minutes
Monthly Financial Reports
*We will be adding historical documents in the near future