New Albany will need a new representative on the Joint Parks District board after two-term member Todd Brubaker resigned from his post last week.

New Albany will need a new representative on the Joint Parks District board after two-term member Todd Brubaker resigned from his post last week.

During last week's New Albany Village Council meeting, Brubaker gave his annual report and told council members he was stepping down from the JPD board.

"I'm stepping down effective Sept. 30," he said. "I'm in the middle of my second term and we're getting ready to go into some long-term programs. It's a good time to make a transition."

The parks district is in the midst of starting new sports programs and is mulling over funding. During his annual report to council, Brubaker said an operating levy could be in the JPD's future.

"We need a levy soon," he said. "We're waiting on the school district."

Funding for the parks district currently comes from a .75-mill levy passed in 2000.The parks district is also collecting tax money from a 20-year bond issue passed in 2003.

Other revenue comes from concessions, program fees, sponsors and other sources, but the parks district plans to operate with a budget of $737,949 for 2009.

"We go along with a shoestring budget," Brubaker said.

More money will be needed in the future for more land and more activities. Brubaker said the parks district is also polling residents on other needs, such as a field house, through a survey on its Web site, naparks.org.

With so many new projects waiting in the wings, Brubaker said this may be a good time to get a new New Albany representative on the board.

"It was a great experience, but there's a lot of other people in the community," he said.

A new board member will give council a chance to appoint someone with different views, Brubaker said. He suggested appointing resident Debra Lowry to the post.

Lowry has been helping the parks district with its Web site.

"She's worked with us for a very long period of time," Brubaker said. "She brings a lot of attributes we may not have already."

Mayor Nancy Ferguson said late last week that council will take applications for the post before any decisions will be made.

"People who are interested in applying for the vacancy can do so by the Oct. 10 deadline," she said.

Applicants who haven't been interviewed before for a seat will be interviewed by council, but Ferguson said residents who have applied for a position on a board or commission previously won't need to go before council.

"What we normally do if it's someone new applying, we will do an interview so we can meet them," she said.

More information on applying to be the village representative to the JPD is available by calling council clerk Betty Bosko at 614-855-3913.