NewsWorks has learned that Eighth District Councilwoman Cindy Bass will chair Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. This committee has oversight on the city’s rec centers and park system, which includes Fairmount Park.
Besides heading up the Parks and rec committee, Bass was named Vice Chair of the Committee on Licenses and Inspections and will be a member of eight other committees, to according Joe Corrigan, Bass’s director of communication.
“I asked for three (committees),” Bass said before breaking out into laughter. “Being a freshman you want to make sure you get a manageable case load and that you can be effective. I’ve talked to a number of people, current Council members and people who have formerly served on Council, I still believe this is still very manageable with what our interests are,” Bass said Thursday in an interview from her fifth floor Council office.
Bass said she has a strong personal interest in all of the committees she will sit on.
Here is list of her committees.
1 – Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (Chair)
2 – Committee on Licenses and Inspections (Vice Chair)
3 – Committee on Rules
4 – Committee on Streets and Services
5 – Committee on Labor and Civil Service
6 – Committee on Public Health and Human Services
7 – Committee on Housing Neighborhood Development and the Homeless
8 – Committee on Technology and Information Services
9 – Committee on the Disabled and Special Needs
10 – Committee of the Whole Council
All Council members are expected to sit on a large number of committees. Former Eighth District Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller had 11 committees while Marian Tasco had 22 committees last session. Bass also said sitting on so many committees is not as time-consuming as it may first appear. “Every committee does not meet on a regular basis. They often meet (only) when there is some action required.”
Bass still has two weeks to study up on her committees. Council’s first meeting is Thursday, January 26.
NewsWorks will have a photo tour of her Council office and more from our interview with her later.