St. Helens advisory bodies merge to form Parks and Trails Commission
Two St. Helens commissions will likely combine into one to form the city's new Parks and Trails Commission.
The St. Helens City Council had a first reading to approve creation of the new commission on Wednesday, Sep. 5, by combining the Parks Commission and the Bicycle and Pedestian Commission.
Previously the city had established the Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission, which met every other month; however, recently the commission was having difficulty filling vacancies and often had to cancel meetings due to lack of a quorum, according to the language drafted in a city ordinance.
During an annual report given in May, bikes commissioner Paul Barlow noted that the commisison was still active in community outreach, including host-
ing bike safety events at St. Helens schools.
The St. Helens Parks Commission, which also meets every other month, agreed at the request of the city to merge with the bikes commission. In March, the City Council voted to combine the two commissions. In April a majority of the parks commission and the bicycle commission voted in agreement to support the merger.
The new commission will have nine at-large members who will serve four-year terms, and one member of the City Council to be appointed as a council liaison by the mayor. All at-large positions will be appointed by the mayor and approved by the St. Helens City