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3. Department Of Parks, Recreation And Libraries

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3/06 

CHAPTER 3

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, RECREATION AND LIBRARIES

3-3-1:  DEPARTMENT CREATED
3-3-2:  APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR
3-3-3:  ORGANIZATION
3-3-4:  DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
3-3-5:  ACQUISITION POLICY
3-3-6:  PROHIBITED ACTS; FINES AND PENALTIES
3-3-7:  RECIPROCAL AGREEMENTS TO PROTECT LIBRARY RESOURCES; MECHANISMS TO PREVENT ABUSE OF LIBRARY RESOURCES
3-3-8:  PARK RANGER

3-3-1:  DEPARTMENT CREATED:  (1283 1696 1889)  There is hereby created a Department of Parks, Recreation and Libraries that shall consist of the Director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries and such other personnel as may be provided by the City Council.

3-3-2:  APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR:  (1696 1889)  The Director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries shall be appointed by and be responsible to the City Manager.  Such appointment shall be for an indefinite period pursuant to Section 1-13-3, W.M.C.  The Director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries shall be the head of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Libraries and shall have supervision over all personnel assigned to the Department.

3-3-3:  ORGANIZATION:  (1889)  The Department of Parks, Recreation and Libraries consists of the Parks Division, the Recreation Division, and the Library Division.  Divisions may be added or deleted when such changes in departmental organization are approved by the City Manager.  The respective division heads shall work under the general supervision of the Director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries.

3-3-4:  DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  (1282 1696 1699 1889)

(A)  The Director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the library program, and the development and administration of a comprehensive year-round parks and recreation program, to perform all duties set forth in this Code, and those duties prescribed by the City Manager.

(B) The Director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries may make or prescribe such Department policies, procedures and rules as he shall deem advisable consistent with the City's Personnel Policies and Rules and approved by the City Manager.  Such rules shall be binding on all Department personnel.  Such policies, procedures and rules may include, but shall not be limited to the conduct of the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department, displays and exhibits, administration of gifts, public relations, and all other similar matters necessary for the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department's operations.  The Director shall also be responsible for ensuring the enforcement of all ordinances and applicable rules and regulations regarding the use of Department facilities.

3-3-5:  ACQUISITION POLICY:  The Director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries, with the approval of the City Manager, shall establish an acquisition policy for the purchase of all books and audiovisual materials for the Westminster public libraries.

3-3-6:  PROHIBITED ACTS; FINES AND PENALTIES:  (1282 1696 1699 1889 3272)

(A)  Pursuant to Section 2-4-3, W.M.C., the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Advisory Board shall recommend and the City Council shall adopt a schedule of fines and penalties to be imposed for the failure of any person to return materials in a period prescribed by the Director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries, or damaging any books, periodicals, other materials or library facilities.

(B)  For purposes of this Section, these terms shall be defined as follows:

"Charge-out" shall mean any library item checked out by a library employee and recorded against an individual's library card and library records.

"Library reading material" includes, but is not limited to, any book, magazine, periodical, microfilm, or reproduction, plate, picture, engraving, map, newspaper, pamphlet, manuscript, film, phonograph record or audio and video recordings, computer software, or other items belonging to the Westminster public libraries.

(C)  (1)  It shall be unlawful for any person to write in, injure, deface, tear or destroy any book, plate, picture, engraving, map, newspaper, magazine, pamphlet, periodical, manuscript, film or audio and video recordings, or computer software belonging to the Westminster public libraries.

(2)  It shall be unlawful for any person to damage or deface the grounds, building, furniture, fixtures, equipment or other property of the Westminster public libraries.

(3)  It shall be unlawful for any person to remove or to assist in the removal from the Westminster public library any reading material belonging to the public libraries without first having the same charged or checked out by the proper agent or employee of the public library in accordance with the guidelines, policies and procedures of the Westminster public libraries.

(4)  It shall be unlawful for any person to retain any charged out library reading material or other property belonging to the Westminster public libraries for more than thirty (30) days after written notice to return said property is sent to the borrower's address as recorded in the library records.  Such written notice shall be given after the expiration of the time allowed to retain such property, as prescribed by the director of parks, recreation and libraries, and shall be effective upon mailing.

(5)  It shall be unlawful for any person to refuse or fail to pay any fine or penalty imposed pursuant to the schedule of fines and penalties adopted by City Council following thirty (30) days written notice to borrower that such fines or penalties are due.  Such written notice shall be sent to the borrower's address as recorded in the library records and shall be effective upon mailing.

(D)  Any person found guilty of a violation of the provisions of subsection (C) of this Section shall be punished by a fine or a jail sentence or by both fine and jail sentence pursuant to the limits specified in Section 1-8-1, W.M.C.

3-3-7:  RECIPROCAL AGREEMENTS TO PROTECT LIBRARY RESOURCES; MECHANISMS TO PREVENT ABUSE OF LIBRARY RESOURCES:  (1822 1889)

(A)  The City of Westminster is authorized to enter into agreements with jurisdictions or individual libraries with reciprocal borrowing privileges with the City of Westminster libraries to prevent abuse of library resources by users who accumulate excessive overdue books and fines.  These agreements may include, but are not limited to, provisions that would authorize the disclosure, in confidence, of names of library users who have excessively abused library privileges and failed to make restitution, the refusal to extend borrowing privileges to such users until all outstanding fines are paid, and the confiscation of library cards from such users and their return to the library of origin.  These agreements are declared to be necessary for the reasonable operation of the libraries.

(B)  The Director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries may adopt rules to prevent the use of the Westminster libraries by users with library cards from another jurisdiction who have been identified by that jurisdiction as having excessive numbers of overdue materials and outstanding fines.  These rules may include provisions for confiscating the cards of such persons and the return of the cards to the library of origin.  The Director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries may also adopt rules to prevent the use of the Westminster libraries by users with Westminster library cards who have records of excessive numbers of overdue materials and outstanding fines, including provisions for the confiscation of these users' library cards.

3-3-8:  PARK RANGER: (1909)

(A)  There is hereby created the position of Park Ranger.

(B)  It shall be the duty of a Park Ranger to enforce all the provisions of Title XIII of this Code.  A Park Ranger shall be deemed to be a duly authorized agent of the Director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries pursuant to Section 13-2-10, W.M.C., for purposes of exercising the powers set forth therein.

(C)  A Park Ranger shall be deemed to be a peace officer for the limited purpose of enforcing the provisions of Title XIII of this Code.  A Park Ranger shall have the power to issue complaints and summonses for violations of Title XIII, pursuant to Rule 206, Municipal Court Rules of Procedure, and Section 1-22-18, W.M.C.

(D)  A Park Ranger shall not be deemed to be a sworn member of the Police Department pursuant to Section 3-1-4, W.M.C.

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