January 20, 2012 by Steve Winkler
A pillar of the community and cornerstone of the West Fork park system announced his resignation at the Dec. 12 Parks Commission Meeting. John Selph, who has served on the commission since its inception in 1981, said in a resignation letter that he “plans to move out of the city limits in the next few months.”
“I have said and will continue to believe that you cannot be a first class city with- out a first class parks system,” Mr. Selph said, adding that the commission was fortunate to have the support of the present and past city administrations.
Mr. Selph credited the community support for the one-cent sales tax as the most outstanding accomplishment of the commission, along with the donated land for the baseball fields.
“I hope that the vision that has been established will be not only accomplished, but expanded,” wrote Mr. Selph. “Much has been done, but there is still much to do. My hope is that the commission will continue to explore ways to serve the needs of all age groups.”
“It’s been an joy for me,” he said.
At the December meeting, Brian Bower- man was voted into the chairman position. At the January meeting, West Fork School Superintendent John Karnes was voted into membership on the commission.