By Randy Kirby
The Sedalia Parks and Recreation Board added Kyle Siegel and Megan Simon to its roster of members after City Council approval on Monday night.
Siegel, 33, was sworn in by City Clerk Arlene Silvey at her temporary office at Second and Osage on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
He was appointed by Mayor Elaine Horn on recommendation by Parks and Rec Director Mark Hewett.
“I thought I’d be a good fit for the position and give a different perspective,’ commented Siegel, adding that he has been involved many of the activities sponsored by Parks & Rec.
“I’ve played in their coed sports leagues as well as attended events with my niece,” he said.
Siegel’s appointment fills the unexpired term of Sara Garrett. At the end of that term in June 2012, he will have the option to be apppointed to a three-year term on the board.
There are a total of nine Park Board members, according to Hewett. The board meets monthly.
The Sedalia native said he feels it is his civic duty to serve on the all-volunteer park board.
In related news, Hewett noted that Convention Hall will celebrate its 100th anniversary on June 23, combined with an open house planned for residents to see all the renovations at the park.
Liberty Park and Centennial pools will open Memorial Day weekend.
And the renovation of Liberty Park’s shelter houses and frontage road is expected to be completed by June 4.
Work will also proceed on the Hubbard Park parking lot, he noted.
“We have such a great staff now, things are running smooth, and that’s the way we want it,” Hewett said. “I’ve had board members say they really enjoy it.”