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New Kirksville Parks and Recreation Department taking shape

New Kirksville Parks and Recreation Department taking shape (KTVO File)

One Kirksville commission is excited plans to create a parks and recreation department are moving forward.

On Friday, Rodney Sadler was hired as the new parks and rec director.

Tuesday, members of the Kirksville Lakes, Parks and Recreation Commission (LPRC) were able to learn more about him.

Sadler is coming to the city from the Belton Parks and Recreation Department in Belton, Missouri.

There, he served as recreation superintendent.

Sadler will begin work with the city at the end of November.

During his first two weeks, he will meet with a number of different groups and organizations.

That time will allow him to learn more about plans to better parks and rec in Kirksville.

The city is currently in the process of working to find a location to construct a new aquatic center.

Kirksville Assistant City Manager Ashley Young told KTVO the hiring of Sadler was an important step in creating the new department.

"After the citizens of Kirksville voted to approve a half-cent sales tax for parks and recreation this past April, a part of the plan was always hiring a parks director to manage this new department."

Sadler will be present for the LPRC meeting scheduled for December 5.

In addition to the hiring of Sadler, another full-time maintenance worker has joined the city staff.

Ezekiel Sevits was hired in October.

His immediate supervisor is Kirksville Parks Maintenance Technician Bryan Yowell.

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