The New Albany Parks and Recreation board will hold another meeting next month with an empty seat.

The New Albany Parks and Recreation board will hold another meeting next month with an empty seat.

New Albany Village Council interviewed five candidates for a vacant seat on the board of the Joint Park District last week, but after more than an hour of discussion in executive session, it failed to come to a decision.

"They were not able to choose who they wanted," council clerk Betty Bosko said. "(The applicants) were all so qualified; they would all bring so much expertise to the board that they just could not come to a conclusion."

Todd Brubaker held the village's seat on the board until he resigned last month. His replacement will serve the remainder of his term that ends Dec. 31, 2009.

Five candidates were interviewed for about 10 minutes each during last week's council meeting.

Councilman Chip Fellows said he was thrilled to have so many applicants.

"We're grateful to have citizens to give up time and energy," he said.

Applicants for the seat are as follows:

Shane Berry, a three-year New Albany resident who works for Abercrombie and Fitch: Berry has 14 years of experience in public service, a seat on the local Little League board and two sons in JPD sports programs. Berry said he worked for a parks and recreation department in Florida and constantly has been involved in sports.

"I don't just want to be a taxpayer; I want to be involved," he said.

John Brosnan a 7-year New Albany resident, said he worked for Ohio State University's athletics department in college and has coached four sports locally.

With funding a concern, Brosnan said, he also wants to get more residents involved in the JPD through committees.

"There are a lot of talented people in this community," he said. "We should use them."

Debra Lyons Lowery moved to New Albany in 2001 and has worked with the JPD on communications and the new Web site. She said she's been to several JPD meetings, so she would bring consistency to the board in addition to viewing things from the outside and as a parent.

"(The board members) don't have the softer skills of communications and management," she said.

Ronnie Robinson is employed at Tween Brands and became a U.S. resident recently. The United Kingdom native said he would bring the strengths of teambuilding and leadership to the JPD board, as well as excitement for future projects.

"I'm excited about the possibility of a community center," he said. "We could attract people here, such as the Sports Barn (indoor soccer league) in Westerville."

Richard Williams, a 12-year village resident, said all of his six children have been involved in JPD programs, and he's been involved in organizing sports programs elsewhere. The trial attorney said he could bring communications and problem-solving skills to the board.

"I come to this spot with no preconceived notions for agenda," he said.

According to Bosko, council plans to decide on a JPD board member during its next meeting, slated for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4.