Port Royal residents are queuing up to participate on the town's newest volunteer board, but some of them could be asked to serve elsewhere.
Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to create a Parks and Recreation Commission, which will be an advisory board that helps determine policies, projects and procedures for public spaces.
Councilman Joe Lee said there are 19 public park spaces within the town, totaling 35.5 acres. Of those, 17 parks are owned by Port Royal. The other two fall under the jurisdiction of Beaufort County.
Additional park areas are expected to be created with the extension of the Spanish Moss Trail across Ribaut Road and near the Port of Port Royal. The S.C. State Ports Authority has been attempting to sell the land for almost a decade.
With the hand-delivered addition of yet another application during the meeting, a dozen applications have been submitted by residents interested in serving.
The board has five positions, although council members had considered expanding that number to seven. Members decided Wednesday that five was enough on a panel that only advises Town Council and does not take independent action.
Council members decided against making any Parks and Recreation appointments Wednesday so they could consider their options.
Councilman Tom Klein thanked everyone for applying, but said "we might ask you to consider volunteering somewhere else and maybe you'll consider doing that."
The town currently needs volunteers for three boards -- the Municipal Election Commission, the Redevelopment Commission and the Design Review Board. Lee said someone with architectural, engineering or building experience is needed for the DRB, but the others are more flexible.
Town manager Van Willis said people can learn more about the boards and what the members do by reading the ordinances governing them, which are available online by clicking here or at Town Hall.
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