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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 5

Meeting Date: December 9, 2008

Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution amending the City of Brentwood Council/Administrative Policy No. 90-3, Section No. 15 related to establishing an Activity Code of Conduct.

Prepared by: Sue Barry, Recreation Supervisor

Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks & Recreation

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a Resolution amending the City of Brentwood Council/Administrative Policy No. 90-3, Section 15 related to establishing an Activity Code of Conduct.

PREVIOUS ACTION
City Council approved the Wellness Policy as a guideline and directed staff to develop a formal City Council/Administrative Policy related to wellness issues on February 27, 2007.

On November 13, 2007, City Council approved Resolution No. 2007-236, approving the 19-point City of Brentwood Wellness Policy Guidelines as an official Council/Administrative Policy 90-3.

On March 11, 2008, City Council approved Resolution No. 2008-49, amending the City of Brentwood Council/Administrative Policy No. 90-3 to include a Section 20 related to the benefits of play.

BACKGROUND
The City of Brentwood Wellness Policy is a living document, and as such, staff was directed to elaborate on each section, bringing forward for approval and/or make recommendations for the addition of important topics as they are recognized for inclusion.

Section No.15 established the adoption of a “Manager/Coach/Parent/Participant Code of Conduct” that would educate and outline roles and responsibilities of managers, coaches, parents and participants, and clearly define acceptable behavior before, during and immediately after all City of Brentwood programmed activities.

The City of Brentwood Parks and Recreation department’s goal is to provide and promote recreational activities for persons interested in good conduct, fair play, and sportsmanship in a pleasant, safe and healthy environment. One objective of developing an “Activity Code of Conduct” (“Code of Conduct”) is to raise awareness among program participants, spectators and volunteers by taking a pro-active stand for the safety and enjoyment of our patrons.

As staff moved forward in the development process, it became clear that one document, the “Manager/Coach/Parent/Participant Code of Conduct”, “would not fit all”. The Parks and Recreation department offers a variety of recreational experiences unique to themselves with very different areas of concern. As a result, staff has developed three “Codes of Conducts” that while all sharing the same basic premises of good conduct in a safe atmosphere, include some modifications as they relate to a specific activity. The three categories are: classes, sports, and the Police Activity League – After the Bell Kid Fit for Life.

As an example, the Police Activity League – After the Bell Kid Fit for Life “Code of Conduct” addresses participants being tardy, leaving campus without permission, and being absent without an excuse; issues that would not occur in a class or sport activity.

Each “Code of Conduct” outlines responsibilities, acceptable behaviors, and expectations of participants and spectators before, during or after their participation or observation of City of Brentwood Parks and Recreation department activities. It also outlines disciplinary actions that will be taken should a participant or spectator fail to abide by the “Code of Conduct”. Each “Code of Conduct” includes an acknowledgment area that is completed by the participant or parent/guardian and is maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department.

On November 20, 2008, the Park and Recreation Commission approved recommending to City Council, amending Section No. 15, as it relates to establishing an “Activity Code of Conduct” for City Council’s consideration.

By amending Section No. 15 of Council/Administrative Policy 90-3 as outlined, the City will take a pro-active stance for the safety and enjoyment of our participants, spectators and volunteers.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no fiscal impact for the City of Brentwood Council/Administrative Policy 90-3, Section No. 15 at present.

Attachments:
Resolution
Council/Administrative Policy No. 90-3
Activity Code of Conduct as it relates to activities
Activity Code of Conduct as it relates to PAL
Activity Code of Conduct as it relates to sports

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AMENDING CITY COUNCIL/ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY NO. 90-3, SECTION 15 AS IT RELATES TO ESTABLISHING AN “ACTIVITY CODE OF CONDUCT”

WHEREAS, on February 27, 2007, City Council approved the Wellness Policy as a guideline and directed staff to develop a formal City/Council Administrative Policy related to wellness issues; and

WHEREAS, on November 13, 2007, City Council approved Resolution No. 2007-236, approving the City of Brentwood Council/Administrative Policy 90-3, related to community wellness issues; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2008, City Council approved Resolution No. 2008-49, amending the City of Brentwood Council/Administrative Policy No. 90-3 to include a Section 20 related to the benefits of play; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood strives to provide a variety of activities and programs where good conduct, fair play and sportsmanship in a pleasant, safe and healthy environment are a priority; and

WHEREAS, Section 15 of the Council/Administrative Policy 90-3 called for the establishment of a code of conduct that educates and outlines the roles and responsibilities, and clearly defines acceptable behavior before, during and immediately after all City of Brentwood programmed activities; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood supports educating and raising awareness among program participants, spectators and volunteers by taking a pro-active stand for the safety and enjoyment of our patrons; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood provides a variety of recreational experiences unique to themselves with different areas of concern resulting in the creation of three Codes of Conduct; sports, activities and after school programs; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood does hereby amend City Council/Administrative Policy No. 90-3, Section 15 related to establishing an “Activity Code of Conduct”.

PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting on the 9Th day of December, 2008 by the following vote.

 
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