Community and Library Services Commission

Meeting Dates and TimesSecond Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA. The Chair may call special meetings if issues arise requiring action prior to a regularly scheduled meeting.

Mission StatementThe mission of the Community and Library Services Commission is to make recommendations to City Council on matters relating to development, acquisition, and renovation of park, beach, libraries, and recreational facilities.

BackgroundAT THE NOVEMBER 16, 2021 CITY COUNCIL MEETING, ORDINANCE NO. 4241 "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH REPEALING THE HUNTINGTON BEACH MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTERS 2.64 AND 2.84 AND ADDING A NEW CHAPTER 2.64 TITLED 'COMMUNITY AND LIBRARY SERVICES COMMISSION'."

The Commission is typically comprised of seven members appointed by City Council.  During the transition period of combining the Community Services Commission and the Library Board of Trustees, the Commission will temporarily consist of nine members, until which time, the Library Board Members have completed their current terms. 

The Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council in matters pertaining to beaches facilities, park acquisition, development and maintenance, and library services. The Commission is comprised of seven Commissioners, individually appointed as a representative of each City Council Member. The commission cooperates with other governmental agencies and civic groups in the advancement of sound parks, recreational planning, and library services under the direction of the City Council. Commissioners study, report and interpret the needs of the public to the City Council, including conducting public meetings to garner community input on projects and facilities. The Commission reviews the annual Capital Improvement Projects budget as presented to the City Council and advises them on the current needs and long-range plans.

CommitteesCommission Committees are vitally important to the decision making process of the Commission. They may be called upon to study various requests, problems or plans and ultimately make recommendations to Commission. Public reaction, financial impact and advantages to the community are taken into consideration. To view past agendas and minutes for previous sub-committees, please click on the name below; or for more current information, please visit Agenda & Minutes.

VacanciesIn the event a member retires or is unable to complete their term, the appointing City Council Member will appoint a replacement representative to fill the remainder of the unexpired term.

CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS
Commission Member Appointed By Term
Ceason Baker Casey McKeon  
Lisa-Lane Barnes Tony Strickland  
Laura Costelloe Natalie Moser  
Austin Edsell Gracey Van Der Mark  
Dr. Richard Harrison Dan Kalmick  
Lolly McHardy Pat Burns  
Taryn Palumbo Rhonda Bolton  

Recording Secretary
Charlene Gomez
[email protected]

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Community & Library Services Commission
Huntington Central Park Collaborative
This Collaborative has the responsibility for all matters involving Huntington Central Park including master planning, concessionaire relations, land acquisition, financing and street alignments. The Community and Library Services Commission frequently requests input from this Collaborative at its monthly meetings and often refers items to it for further in-depth study by its members.
Park Acquisition and Development Priority Committee
The Park Acquisition and Development Priority Committee is an adhoc committee of the Community and Library Services Commission and is responsible for developing and recommending to the Commission an annual, updated acquisition and development schedule based on an analysis of community needs. The director works closely with this Committee providing budget information relative to the park acquisition and development fund and his recommendations for expenditure. The Commission annually votes to accept or reject the acquisition and development schedule based on the recommendation of this Committee. Their recommendation is then submitted to the City Council for approval.

Recording Secretary
Charlene Gomez
[email protected]

Current Agendas
Park Naming and Memorials Committee
The Park Naming and Memorials Committee is an adhoc committee of the Community and Library Services Commission that is reestablished when needed to investigate and make recommendations to City Council on possible names for parks, park areas, and facilities under the preview of the Community and Library Services Department. These names are chosen to honor deceased or prominent people who have made a significant contribution to the community based on the guidelines in Resolution 2017-25.

Recording Secretary
Charlene Gomez
[email protected]

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Playground Equipment and Park Maintenance Committee
This Playground Equipment and Park Maintenance Committee is an adhoc committee of the Community and Library Services Commission and their responsibilities are twofold. First, the Committee has the responsibility to analyze new playground equipment alternatives in terms of the type of equipment, placement and the material utilized in construction and to deal with comments and concerns from the community in the problem areas of animals, vandalism and the appropriateness of certain types of play equipment. Secondly, the Committee may analyze park maintenance procedures and recommend ways and means of funding and keeping maintenance costs low. In carrying out these criteria, the Committee endeavors to be aware of and responsive to citizens' input.

Recording Secretary
Charlene Gomez
[email protected]

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Special Interest Committee
This Committee has the responsibility to investigate possible new directions in program or policy procedure under the jurisdiction of the Department. The emphasis lies in keeping an open channel of communication between the Department and the public for possible new ideas for program implementation. This Committee frequently receives referrals from the Commission and is requested to prepare a recommendation for the consideration of the Commission at a future meeting.

Current Agendas
Youth Sports Grant Committee
The Youth Sports Grant Committee is an adhoc committee of the Community and Library Services Commission and is stemmed from a recommendation by the Special Interest Committee to address ways to improve youth sports facilities in the City. As part of the annual budget process, funds are set aside in the Park Acquisition and Development Fund to provide seed money to non-profit youth sports groups to improve playing fields and permanently placed structures and amenities. The Committee is responsible for reviewing the Youth Sports Program criteria and application process, selecting grant awardees, and providing recommendations to Commission for allocation of funds.

Recording Secretary
Charlene Gomez
[email protected]

Current Agendas