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October 8, 2009

UPDATE: Panel: Dissolve, replace GALSA

GREENVILLE AREA — Changes could be coming to how Greenville Area Leisure Services Association is run.

Greenville council’s committee that has been reviewing GALSA recommended Thursday that the organization be dissolved, revamped and replaced by a new group called the Greenville Area Recreation Commission.

That commission would be established by the borough and the main changes compared to GALSA would be its makeup, the duties of its director and how fundraising is handled, Brian Shipley, council member and committee chair, said.

The committee reviewed recreational services and made the proposal based on the best way of providing them at the highest quality. The proposed changes would “work to strengthen our efforts at achieving this mission,” he said.

GALSA has nine board members and the commission would have five with one appointed by council each year on a rotating basis.

A public services director would oversee the maintenance, care and general upkeep of the borough’s parks and recreation facilities. The director’s position is a new one still in the works, Shipley said after the meeting.

That director would also oversee Greenville’s street and sewer departments, positions now held by Paul Boyer and Bill Jamison, respectively. Those two positions will be eliminated and it hasn’t been determined how much money that will save the borough, Shipley said.

That depends on the salary of the new director, who could be hired soon. Borough officials are interviewing a number of qualified candidates, he said.

GALSA had an executive director, Erik Bielata, who was laid off Sept. 28 by GALSA members and borough officials because of the borough’s lack of funds, Shipley said.

The commission would establish a Friends of Greenville Area Recreation Committee, which would serve only to handle fundraisers and establish a long-term capital needs campaign.

The committee also wants the borough to work with neighboring municipalities in looking at recreation needs from a regional perspective, Shipley said.

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