The Galt Parks and Recreation Commission elected a vice chair at its July 14 regular meeting, but it did so with one fewer member after a recent departure.

Commissioner Sharlyn Miller submitted her resignation in late June after moving outside of the city limits, Parks and Recreation Director Armando Solis told the commissioners.

Solis said city staff would ask City Council to appoint Miller’s replacement.

The commission then unanimously selected Commissioner Carrie Graham to take on the role of vice chair; she would fill in for Chair Ernie Cason in the event he couldn’t attend a meeting.

“I’ve got your back, Ernie,” Graham said.

Additionally, the Parks and Rec director gave the commissioners an update on the city’s reopening as the coronavirus pandemic wanes.

Solis anticipated that the commission would be able to meet in person at its Aug. 11 meeting and noted that, currently, those who have not been vaccinated will be asked to mask up indoors while those who are immunized will not need to.

He said these guidelines have not been affected by the spread of the more contagious delta variant of the COVID-19 virus.

Turning to children’s activities, Solis said the city’s SOAR after-school program will be following the masking guidance for schools, so participants will need to wear masks indoors but can take them off when they go outside or have lunch.

Solis also addressed a rumor that the youth basketball program would not run this year, saying it is false.

“Last year, we did not have basketball because of COVID. We just couldn’t do it. We do plan on bringing it back,” Solis said.

Signups will start in September.

Finally, Solis thanked the Parks and Rec employees for their work on landscaping and the Independence Day Celebration events.

“I just wanted you guys to know that my staff did an amazing job in putting on this event. It was a team effort,” he said.

City Council Member Rich Lozano commented during the meeting. After thanking the commissioners for their patience with Zoom meetings, he expressed interest in action on lighting and landscape districts.

“I would really like to see some decisions made here in the next several months about what we can do long-term for our lighting and landscape corridors,” Lozano said.