Parks commissioner to be appointed at next council meeting

City of Santa Clarita City Hall

After City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commissioner Kevin Korenthal announced in March that he would be moving to Texas, his position became open for another parks-oriented and passionate Santa Clarita resident to fill.

Finding Korenthal’s replacement will be the council’s main task at its next meeting on April 11, but not the only item.

The council also plans to approve a three-year extension to Bridge to Home’s Emergency Winter Shelter’s lease agreement.

Also on the agenda, a public hearing will be held to allow the community to comment on the addition of a “drainage benefit assembly area” at the Golden Valley Ranch development project.

A drainage benefit assembly area funds the operation and maintenance to remove surface water or drain excess ground water. This includes pump stations, observation wells, hydraugers (horizontal drains) and drainage channels (swales) for water runoff.

As for the Parks and Rec position, Councilmember Bill Miranda is expected to submit a nomination on Tuesday for his pick of the new commissioner for the rest of the council to approve.

Miranda said he plans to look over all 10 applications this weekend and make a decision by Monday.

“They’re all very good and very talented,” Miranda said.

The city began taking applications and letters of recommendation for the position from mid-March through April 3. Qualifications included being a Santa Clarita resident, being at least 18 years old and being a parks enthusiast.

Whoever fills the position will serve until the end of 2018, advising the council on city park facilities, recreational offerings, classes and programs.


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