Council Budget Hearings – Parks and Recreation May 23, 2017

Council Budget Hearings – Parks and Recreation May 23, 2017


.>>>>WE ARE GOING TO CALL THE PARKS DEPARTMENT BUDGET HEARING TO ORDER. . INTERIM PARKS DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, AND DEVELOPMENT. TIM, AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF GREENWAYS, AND OPEN SPACE, SHANE DENNY SON ARE HERE TO SPEAK WITH OUR BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEES, AS WELL AS OUR PARKS COMMITTEES I AM THE CHAIR OF THE PARKS AND LIBRARIES COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL. COUNCIL LADY ANGIE HENDERSON.>>THANK YOU, COUNCIL LADY HENDERSON. MEMBERS OF THE BUDGET AND OF THE COUNCIL.EE AND MEMBERS – I’M MONEY, ODOM. I’M, AND TIM NATE IS OUR ASSISTANTOR PLANNING AND FACILITY DEVELOPMENT. IN OUR ACTUAL ERIE ARE OUR PARK BOARD CHAIR, JIM GARCIA, AND ON OUR OTHER LONG TIME PARK BOARD MEMBER STAND. STAFF JOINING US TODAY ARE JANET FRAZIER, ASSISTANT TO ME, AND JACKIE JONES, WHO IS OVER OUR COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AREA; SALLY DAVIS, ASSISTANT OVER COMMUNITY RECREATION PROGRAMS. RICK TAYLOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR CONSOLIDATED MAINTENANCE. JOHN HOLMES. JIM HIST HESTER, FOR CULTURAL RECREATION, AND EVENTS, AND CAPTAIN CRYSTALELOR, WHO IS WITH THE METRO NASHVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND HEADS OUR PARK POLICE DIVISION. I’D VERY BRIEFLY LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU WILL SO OF THE DEPARTMENT’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS, WE HAVE A TOTAL OF 86 MILES OF GREEN WAY. WE HAVE THE RIBBONS CUTTING FOR MULLINS PARK, AND WHITE’S CREEK GREENWAY, AND THE BORDEAUX AREA. ACQUISITION OF LAND IN THE AREA, MADE POSSIBLE CONNECTION OF NEW GREENWAY, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF CLARKSVILLE HIGHWAY THAT GOES TO THE REGIONAL COMMUNITY CENTER. THE PARK AND NEW TRAIL HEAD FOR THE WHITE’S CREEK GREENWAY WERE MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH METRO WATER SERVICES, COOPERATIVE LAND OWNERS, AND THE GREENWAYS OPEN SPACE DIVISION. THIS BEAUTIFUL LAND PROVIDES NOT ONLY THE MISSING LINK IN THE GREENWAY, BUT PROVIDES GREAT FUTURE RECREATION OPPORTUNITY, AND FUTURE ACCESS DIRECTLY FROM CLARKSVILLE HIGHWAY. WE WILL ADD ANOTHER 3.75 MILES WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MILLCREEK GREENWAY AT OR CHARRED BIN PARK, AND THE 440 GREEN WAY PILOT SEGMENT, NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION, WHICH WILL CONNECT CENTENNIAL, AND ELMINGTON PARKS. OUR PLANNING DIVISION HAD A STELLAR YEAR COMPLETEETH PARKS AND GREENWAYS, MASTER PLAN, KNOWN AS PLAN TO PLAY. THE MASTER PLAN WILL BE OUR ROAD MAP FOR BUILDING PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS. THAT DIVISION ALSO COMPLETED MASTER PLANS FOR THE TWO RIVERS MANSION, AND THE ACCIDENTLOGICAL PARK, AND COMPLETED CONSTRUCTION OF THE STONE’S RIVER DOG PARK, AND THE WATER PARK ROAD TO TRAIL PROJECT. AND JUST THIS WEEKEND, THAT DIVISION HOSTED PLANNING SESSIONS FOR TWO NEW REGIONAL PARKS IN SOUTHEAST DAVIDSON COUNTY, AND THE DONELSON HERMITAGE AREAS. OUR REVENUE GENERATING FACILITIES CONTINUE TO PRODUCE SOLID RESULTS. FOR INSTANCE, ROUNDS OF GOLF AT TWO RIVERS GOLF COURSE ARE UP BY ALMOST 18 PERCENT OVER THE SAME TIME PERIOD THIS LAST YEAR. — THIS SAME TIME PERIOD LAST YEAR, EXCUSE ME. WHILE OUR OTHER SIX COURSE ARE SHOWING A THREE PERCENT INCREASE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT ON A NATIONAL LEVEL, ROUNDS OF GOLF CONTINUE TO DECLINE. THE SPORTS PLEX HOSTED A NUMBER OF ATHLETIC EVENTS WITH ONE OF THE PLEASE NOTABLE BRINGING IN MORE THAN $300,000 IN REVENUE FOR HOCKEY ALONE. THE PAR THEY PAR TTPARTHENON. METRO PARKS PERMITTED PARKS WITH MORE THAN 1 MILLION ATTEND EAST >>WE WORK HARD TO ACCOMMODATE THE POPULARITY OF EVENTS WHILE KEEPING THE PARKS OPEN AND IN GOOD SHAPE FOR OUR PARK’S USERS. SPECIAL EVENTS ARE A GREAT PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP THAT ENABLES US TO PROVIDE ALL SORTS OF PROGRAM THAT WE WOULD NOT OTHERWISE BE ABLE TO PROVIDE. COMMUNITY CENTERS CONTINUE TO BE DYNAMIC GATHERING SPACES FOR PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. WE’RE PLEASED WITH THE COMMUNITY’S DEMAND FOR NEW FACILITIES, AND WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT WE HAVE BROKEN GROUND ON TWO NEW FACILITIES TO BE LOCATED IN MADISON AND SMITH SPRINGS RESPECTFULLY. WE HAD NEARLY 1 MILLION VISITS LAST FISCAL YEAR. WE ESTABLISHED A DYNAMIC 14 MEMBER YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL THAT WILL PROVIDE COMMUNITY PROJECTS, AND PROVIDE THE YOUTH PERSPECTIVE FOR SOME OF OUR PROGRAMS AND FACILITIES. IN ADDITION TO NEARLY A PLANTING 800 TREES, AND MAINTAINING OVER 15,000 ACRES OF LAND OUR MAINTENANCE DIVISION COMPLETED A NUMBER OF BUDG BUDGETED PROJECTS, INCLUDING RENOVATIONS AT HAMILTON POOL MOOREHEN AN AND THE CULTURAL PARK. OUR CULTURAL PROGRAM WHICH INCLUDES DANCE, MUSIC, THEATER AND VISUAL ARTS IS ALWAYS PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF THEIR CRAFTS. OUR ARTS CENTER CONTINUES TO OFFER DYNAMIC EXHIBITIONS ON A MONTHLY BASIS THAT ARE COMPLETELY FREE TO THE PUBLIC. OUR THEATER DIVISION, OFFERED PRODUCTION CLASSES FREE OF CHARGE TO YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF FINE AND 14. OUR DANCE DIVISION CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS REACH BY OFFERING TAI CHI AND OFF RICK AND DRUM AND DANCE. WHILE OUR MUSIC DIVISION CONTINUES TO OFFER LOW COST MUSIC LESSONS, AND PRESENTS STANDING ROOM ONLY CONCERTS AT THE BLACK BOX THEATER. FORT ANYTHINGLY HAS HAD AN INCREASED NUMBER OF VISITORS, AND BOTH RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS WALKING THE GROUND TO SEE THE FORT, MANY FOR THE FIRST TIME. METRO PARKS IS WORKING WITH THE METRO HISTORIC COMMISSION ON A CULTURAL LANDSCAPE PLAN THAT SHOULD BE DONE THIS FALL. THIS PLAN WILL GIVE PROFESSIONAL HISTORIC, AND HISTORIC LANDSCAPE GUIDANCE ON THE PROPER CARE AND MAINTENANCE ON THE FORT ANYT ANYTHING AND LIVE NATION HAS NOW HOSTED 87 SHOWS AS OF MAY 19TH. WITH 399,000 ATTENDEES. AN AMPHITHEATER, BEST NEW MAJOR CONCERT VERY MUCH U IN 2015 AND WAS NOMINATED FOR THE BEST SMALL INDOOR VENUE IN THE NATION IN THE SECOND YEAR. THE VENUE GENERATED APPROXIMATELY $981,000 IN FEES FOR THE METRO NASHVILLE GOVERNMENT AND OVER $1 MILLION IN STATE AND LOCAL TAXES. THE VENUE IS EXTREMELY POPULAR AND ALSO IS USED FOR NASHVILLE SYMPHONY SHOWS AND CIVIC EVENTS BENEFITTING THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC MUSEUM. THE CMA, MUSIC FESTIVAL AND THE AMERICANA, MUSIC FESTIVAL. I COULD GO ON ABOUT THE A GREAT ENGINES GOING ON AT PARKS, BUT I WILL CURB MAY COMMENTS AND AND THOR CONTAIN YOUR QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME.>>THANK YOU. IN THE QUEUE WE HAVE COUNCILMAN RUSS PULLEY.>>I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS I WANT TO RUN BY YOU LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS HERE SO MAYBE YOU CAN HELP ME UNDERSTAND BETTER. THE TWO FTE’S, THAT YOU GOT FOR PARK POLICE, LOOK LIKE 700 AT 9,050,000 PER POSITION, I ASSUME IT INCLUDES BENEFITS. IT SEEMS A LITTLE HIGH CAN YOU HELP ME BETTER UNDERSTAND THAT.>>IT’S TWO PARK POLICE OFFICERS, IT DOES INCLUDE ALL PERSONNEL COSTS AND SOME ADDITIONAL COSTS FOR UNIFORM ALLOWANCE, AND SOME EQUIPMENT THAT THE OFFICERS WOULD NEED. THE ACTUAL SALARIES FOR THE POSITIONS WOULD BE CLOSS TO $40,000 EACH. SO THEY’RE NOT TERRIBLY HIGH SALARIES, BUT IT INCLUDES SOME OTHER EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES THAT WILL BE NEEDED FOR EACH POSITION TO GET STARTED.>>DOES EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, SALARY AND BENEFITS, IS TRAINING INCLUDED IN THAT PACKAGE?>>YES.>>ALL RIGHT. THAT MAKES SENSE TO ME. THERE WAS ANOTHER THING THAT I HAD IN HERE THAT I WANTED TO ASK YOO ABOUT.>>THANK YOU, INTERIM DIRECTOR ODOM, AND STAFF, WE APPRECIATE YOU ALL BEING HERE. WE CERTAINLY ENJOY, AND I APPRECIATE THE REST OF YOUR SUPPORT. ONE THING I WANT YOU TO AGAIN LET YOU KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE IN MADISON ARE VERY PLEASED WITH THE MOVEMENT OF THE COMMUNITY CENTER, IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S REALLY COMING ALONG, AND REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO TAKING ADVANTAGE OF IT NEXT SUMMER, NEXT SPRING AND SUMMER. ONE THING WE WANTED TO ASK YOU IS A QUESTION THAT HAS COME UP. THE COMMUNITY CENTER, THE WAY IT’S I GUESS THE WAY, THE STRUCTURE OF THE FUNDED, AND THEN A PHASE TWO, THE NUMBERS THERE, BUT IT JUST ISN’T FUNDED. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS GET THAT FUNDED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE PROJECT.>>I’LL YIELD THAT TO TIM, BUT I WOULD SAY THAT GET IT FUNDED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE PROJECT, OR PHASE ONE IS COMPLETED, A PHASE TWO COULD BEGIN. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE MORE ECONOMICAL TO DO IT ALL AT ONE TIME. >>. I KNOW THAT EVERYTHING IS GOOD THERE. THEY WANTED TO KNOW, THE QUESTION WAS PRESENTED TO ME, REALIZING THERE IS A PHASE TWO, THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHETHER THE MONEY WAS THERE NOW FOR PHASE TWO OR IS THAT SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE FUNDED LATER? I’VE BEEN ADVISING THEM OF THAT, THAT IT IS FUNDED LATER. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT IS CORRECT.>>THAT’S CORRECT, WE DON’T 9 .>>AND YOU HAVE A TIME TABLE FOR PHASE TWO, AND PHASE TWO IS SOMETHING THAT –.>>WE HAVE A LOOSE TIME TABLE. AFTER PHASE ONE SHOULD FUNDING BECOME AVAILABLE. WHEN PHASE ONE IS WRAPPING UP, WE MAY PROCEED WITH PHASE TWO. IF AT SOME POINT AFTER THAT PHASE ONE IS ALREADY DONE, THEN WE MOVE AT A LATER TIME TO PHASE TWO.>>AND THEN SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE I CAN GET WITH YOU, AND FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT IS IN PHASE TWO. THERE’S ALWAYS RUMORS RUNNING RAMPANT WHEN BUILDING, AND THEY MENTIONED THAT SOME OF THE IDEAS THAT THEY THOUGHT WOULD BE IN ONE OR IN TWO, AND I TRIED TO MAKE THAT CLEAR TO THEM WHICH ONES ARE AND ARE NOT. SO I JUST NEED TO- I’LL GET WITH YOU LATER. THEY’RE ALL VERY THANKFUL AND THANK YOU FOR THE METRO GOVERNMENT FOR TAKING CARE OF THE MADISON COMMUNITY.>>THANK YOU, WE’LL APPRECIATE YOU, AND APPRECIATE YOU FOR SHARING THOSE EXPECTATIONS.>>COUNCILMAN PULLEY DII YOU RECALL YOUR SECOND QUESTION. I’LL GO BACK TO YOU.>>THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WAS CURIOUS WHEN I RAN THE NUMBERS, AND YOU CAN CHECK ME ON THIS IF YOU’D LIKE >>WHEN I RAN THE NUMBERS ON THE SMITH SPRINGS COMMUNIT CENTER IT LOOKS LIKE THE FE, WAS AVERAGE 25915 PER PERSON, AND THE ONE AT THE REGIONAL WAS 27119 PER FE, I WAS WONDERING WHY THERE WAS A $2,000 DIFFERENCE.>>STAFFING LEVEL. THERE WILL BE A SWIMMING POOL AT SMITH SPRINGS AND THAT IS CURRENTLY IN THE PLAN, AND SO THERE WILL BE STAFF ACCOMMODATING THAT FEATURE, THERE IS NOT AT THIS TIME AT MADISON.>>ONLY ONE OTHER QUESTION. IT LOOKS LIKE YOUR PROFESSIONAL PURCHASE SERVICES ARE UP ABOUT 17 PERCENT, OR $114,800. THAT IS A PRETTY GOOD CHUNK OF THE BUDGET, I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD EXPLAIN WHAT THAT WAS FOR.>>A LOT OF OUR STAFF HAD BEEN, WHAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT KNOW. THE NATIONAL RECREATION AND PARK ASSOCIATION CONVENTION WILL BE HELD IN NASHVILLE IN 2021. SO SEVERAL OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS, INCLUDING ME WHO ATTEED LAST YEAR HAVE BEEN ATTENDING THOSE ANNUAL CONFERENCES TO BE TRAINED ON HOW TO OPERATE THE CONFERENCE WHAT IT MEANS TO THE CITY, AND THE OTHER THINGS THAT WE NEED TO TRY TO PUT IN PLACE FOR THAT. WE ALSO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR OUR MAINTENANCE STAFF AND MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR STAFF AS MEMBERS OF THE TENNESSEE RECREATION AND PARK ASSOCIATION. SO TO CONTINUE, HELPING YOUR OUR WORKFORCE BUILD THEIR SKILL LEVEL. THAT’S PROBABLY WHAT THATTIS.>>SO IT’S PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, IS WHAT THE LION SHARE OF THAT MONEY IS FOR?>>YES, SIR.>>IT IS.>>THANK YOU, COUNCIMAN PULLEY.>>COUNCILMAN JIM SCHULMAN.>>COUNCILMAN SHULMAN, I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT NO MORE THAN SIX MICROPHONES CAN BE ACTIVE CONCURRENTLY. SO TURN OFF COUNCILMAN PULLEY, COUNCILMAN PRIDEMORE. THERE YOU GO.>>TESTING, OH, THERE IT IS >>THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, DIRECTOR, AND THE PARK STAFF. WE ARE GLAD YOU ARE HERE. JUST A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS >>I’M JUST CHECKING MY NUMBERS. SO LAST YEAR I THINK THAT IN YOUR BUDGET, YOU GOT 111 NEW POSITIONS, DOS THAT SOUND RIGHT?>>YES, BECAUSE 72 OF THOSE WERE SEASONAL POSITIONS FOR OUR COMMUNITY CENTERS.>>SO 111, AND THEN YEAR 52?>>NEW POSITIONS?>>NEW POSITIONS.>>NO. WELL, YEAH, WITH THE ON TWO COMMUNITY CENTERS, YEAH THAT WOULD BE 52.>>SO I’M LOOKING AT THE SEASONAL, THAT STAYED THE SAME — WELL, WAIT A MINUTE, LET ME SEE. ACCORDING TO THE BUDGET DOCUMENT, 2016 IT WAS 296, LAST YEAR IT WAS 296. THIS YEAR IT IS 290 SICK. /SEUBGS /SEUBGS /SEUBGS /SEUBGS /SEUBGS /SEUBGS /SEUBGS /SEUBGS /SEUBGS /SEUBGS 296. SO VACANCIES WITHIN YOUR DEPARTMENT. HOW MANY VACANT POSITIONS DO YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW?>>HOLD ON JUST A SECOND WHILE I GET THAT INFORMATION. I BROUGHT THAT.>>I’VE BEEN GIVING WARNINGS TO EVERYBODY. WE HAVE 28 FULL TIME. 52 THAT ARE IN A POOLED CATEGORY.>>OKAY, WHEN YOU SAY THE SEASONAL ARE VACANT, WERE THEY VACANT LAST YEAR TOO?>>NO, THEY ARE VACANT BECAUSE THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF HIRING FOR THOSE POSITIONS, THEY ARE CURRENTLY VACANT. IN TERMS OF FULL TIME EMPLOYEES, HOW MANY..>>28.>>AND THEN IN TERMS OF.>>25.>>PART TIME.>>DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG THOSE POSITIONS, PARTICULARLY THE FULL TIME HAVE BEEN VACANT >>I DON’T KNOW FOR EACH ONE, BUT I DID SUBMIT TH INFORMATION SPECIFICALLY TO THE COUNCIL OFFICE. BUT I WOULD SAY ONLY ONE THAT WE FOUND WAS VACANT FOR AT LEAST A YEAR. SO WHAT HAPPENS WHAT HAPPENS IF WE EITHER GET A NEW POSITION OR A POSITION IS VACATED, THEN WE MAY OPEN THAT POSITION, AND HAVE A HIGHER LEVEL POSITION H SOMEONE IS GENERALLY PROMOTED INTERNALLY, THAT CREATES A DOMINO EFFECT. SO WE FREQUENTLY HAVE VACANT POSITIONS BECAUSE THERE MAY BE LAG TIME BETWEEN WHEN SOMEONE LEAVES A POSITION, WHEN WE’RE ABLE TO GET SOMETHING POSTED IN THE INTERVIEW PROCESS, AND THEN THAT DOMINO EFFECT TAKES PLACE. SO WE WILL ROUTINELY CARRY VACANCIES. I WILL SAY IN REGARD TO MEETING OUR OPERATING BUDGET OBLIGGATION, WE RELY ON SALARY SAVINGS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE IN BU BU BUDGET.>>IF YOU DON’T FILL THOSE SPOTS, THEN YOU HAVE SAVINGS GENERATED AND THAT GOES TO MEET YOUR BOTTOM LINE IN TERMS OF BUDGETING?>>CORRECT. IN TERMS OF MAKING SURE THAT YOUR BUDGET IS MET, LIKE WITH THIS BUDGET, ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE TO RELY ON SAVINGS AGAIN TO MAKE IT?>>ABSOLUTELY. IT BECOMES STRATEGIC, WE DELAY FILLING IT FOR A MONTH TO SAVE MONEY. ANY CRITICAL POSITIONS, WE TRY TO BE DELIBERATE AND STRATEGIC ABOUT HOW WE DO THAT, AND JUST TRY TO WORK WITHIN OUR BUDGET.>>AND YOU MAY NOT KNOW THIS, DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THAT — AGAIN OF WHAT YOU NEED IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HIT YOUR BUDGET IN TERMS OF SAVINGS?>>I DON’T OFFHAND BUT I CAN GET THAT TO YOU.>>I APPRECIATE YOU BEING HONEST. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS. I UNDERSTAND HOW THAT WORKS. MY LAST QUESTION IS THE SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM, I WAS LOOKING AT LAST YEAR’S BUDGET, WE PUT MONEY IN FOR SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM IS THAT GOING ON AGAIN THIS YEAR.>>YES, IT IS GOING ON AGAIN THIS YEAR. AND 72 POSITION THAT IS I MENTIONED IN THE BEGINNING FOR THAT PARTICULAR PROGRAM IN OUR COMMUNITY CENTERS, AND AS OF THIS MORNING WHEN I SPOKE TO MS. DAVIS, SALLY DAVIS WHO LEADS THAT DIVISION, WE HAD 2400 YOUNG PEOPLE ENROLLED AND THERE ARE STILL SOME VACANCIES, AND I THINK THAT SHE SAID WEST AND BELLEVUE. SO IT’S STILL GOING ON.>>VERY GOOD. THANK YOU.>>YOU’RE WELCOME.>>THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN SHULMAN. PARKS AND LIBRARIES COMMITTEES VICE CHAIR, ON COUNCILMAN KEVIN RHOTON.>>THANK YOU, MONIQUE FOR A WONDERFUL EVENT ON SATURDAY, THANK YOU TIM FOR COMING OUT. IT WAS OVERWHELMING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT SHOWED UP AND WHAT YOU ALL DID. I REALLY WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. I DON’T WANT TO SOUND LIKE COUNCILMAN PRIDEMORE, BUT I KNOW THAT WE HAVE FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND THE PLANNING AND I HAVE AFTER HE BEEN TOLD POSSIBLY TIM MIGHT KNOW OR YOU MIGHT KNOW, POSSIBLY THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIRST PHASE WHICH I’M NOT REALLY SURE WHAT THAT IS, AND I HAVE LOOKED IN THE BUDGET AND I HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING FOR OPERATING IN PARK POLICE OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT >>I GUESS WHAT I’M WANTING TO KNOW IS WHAT DO YOU SEE YOU NEEDING GOING FORWARD TO GET AT LEAST THE FIRST PHASE DONE AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE AND IS IT IN THIS BUDGET OR NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET WE HOPE?>>WE HOPE. WE ACTUALLY DON’T HAVE ANY OPERATING REQUESTS FOR THAT PIECE OF PROPERTY AT THIS POINT. YOU HAVE TO TALK TO IT I AM ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT. THERE IS SOME EXISTING FUNDING THAT WAS APPROPRIATED BUT IN TERMS OF THE PHASES, I’M YIELD TO TIM.>>WE DO CURRENTLY HAVE FUNDING FOR DESIGN OF THE FIRST PHASE. AS WE GET FURTHER ALONG IN THE MASTER PLANNING PROCESS, WE WILL IDENTIFY WHAT THAT FIRST PHASE WILL BE, AND THEN PROCEED WITH DESIGN. THE MASTER PLAN ITSELF WILL PROBABLY WRAP UP WITH A PUBLIC PRESENTATION IN DECEMBER. IF WE CAN, WE WOULD LIKE TO ANTICIPATE THAT, AND IF WE CAN HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF OVERLAP BETWEEN COMPLETING THE MASTER PLAN AND STARTING ON DESIGN OF PHASE ONE, THAT COULD GAIN US A FEW MONTHS IN TERMS OF TIME TABLE. AND THEN WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE- WELL, THERE WILL BE COST ESTIMATES ASSOCIATED WITH THE MASTER PLAN WHEN WE GET INTO DESIGN DEVELOPMENT, THERE WILL BE REFINED COST ESTIMATES FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THAT FIRST PHASE, AND WE’LL USE THOSE TO? FUTURE CIB’S, AND OPERATING BUDGET AS WELL,>>ONE OTHER QUESTION I WAS LOOKING AT, I WAS LACKING THROUGH THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS BUDGETS AND IT WAS MORE IN REGARDS TO WHAT WE SPENT ON THE COMMUNITY CENTER AND ICE RINK OUT AT ANTIOCH, AND WHAT WE’RE SPENDIG ON THE COMMUNITY CENTER AND ICE RINK DOWN IN BELLEVUE. THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS BUDGET SHOWS US SPENDING 30 MILLION, AND WHERE WE SPENT ONLY 14 MILLION IN ANTIOCH, CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THAT AND LET ME KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THAT.>>THE SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY CENTER AND LIBRARY PROJECT WAS MANAGED BY METRO GENERAL SERVICES SO WE WERE A PARTNER WITH THEM ON THAT. THE MAJORITY OF THE FUNDING FOR THAT CAME THROUGH METRO GENERAL SERVICES. THE TOTAL COST- THE COST FOR THE COMMUNITY CENTER PORTION OF THAT PROJECT WAS APPROXIMATELY $10 MILLION. SINCE THEN WE HAVE THE EXPERIENCE OF BIDDING TWO NEW COMMUNITY CENTERS, MADISON AND SMITH SPRINGS. SO THE AMOUNT IN THE MAYOR’S CAPITAL SPENDING PLAN, 10 MILLION WOULD BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE CENTER COMPONENT OF THE BELLEVUE PROJECT. I GUESS THAT’S MY ISSUE BECAUSE THE DOCUMENT THAT PLANNING PUT OUT SHOWED A $30 MILLION NUMBER FOR FISCAL YEAR 18, AND I WAS WONDERING WHERE THAT 30 MILLION WAS COMING FROM. .>>THE 30 MILLION IT WAS — I’LL IT I’LL TELL YOU THE DIVIDE, THE BACK OF BREAKUP. IT WAS 10 MILLION FOR THE COMMUNITY CENTER, AND 18 MILLION FOR THE RINK SIDE. SO THAT TOTALS 30 MILLION.>>SO THE ANTIOCH ICE RING WAS THAT PAID FOR BY A SEPARATE ENTITY OR DID WE PAY FOR THAT AS WELL?>>SO THAT PROJECT WAS DIVIDED INTO TWO DIFFERENT PROJECTS. THE ICE RINK WAS A SPORTS AUTHORITY DEBT WHICH IS ULTIMATELY PAID FOR BY THE CITY, THE PREDATORS ARE PAYING A PORTION OF THE LEASE PAYMENT OF THE DEBT SERVICE AND THE REST IS PAID BY THE CITY AND THEN THE COMMUNITY CENTER AND PARK FACILITY WERE PAID OUT OF GEOBONDS. THEY TOTALED ABOUT 13 OR SO MILLION DOLLARS FOR THAT PART OF THE FACILITY, AND THE ICE RINK WAS ABOUT 14 OR 15 MILLION, AND IT WAS A VERY SIMILAR COST.>>THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, THAT’S ALL I HAVE.>>THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN RHOTON, COUNCILMAN COLBY SLEDGE.>>THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, AND THANKS TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR BEING HERE, AND I APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR HELP.>>I’M SORRY COUNCILMAN SLEDGE.>>I WANT TO GIVE SPECIAL THANKS EVEN TODAY. YOUR DEPARTMENT WAS VERY HELPFUL IN WORKING THROUGH AN ISSUE ABOUT PREPARING FOR THE INCREASING FARMER’S MARKET THAT WE HAVE OUT AT SELF SEVIER PARK. WHAT KIND OF OF A BETTER TERM, WHAT KIND OF- GROWTH ARE WE SEEING THERE, AND HOW IS THE DEPARTMENT KEEPING UP FROM A STAFFING AND MAINTENANCE PERSPECTIVE?>>WE’RE SEEING TREMENDOUS GROWTH. AS THE CITY GROWS, SO DOES THE DEMAND ON METRO PARKS FOR ALL TYPES OF ACTIVITIES.>>I WISH I COULD TELL YOU WE COULD NOT USE MORE PEOPLE. WE DEFINITELY USE MORE PEOPLE. WE DO THE BEST WE CAN WITH WHAT WE HAVE. WE MART INNER WITH MANY ORGANIZATIONS TO KIND OF EXTEND OURSELVES BEYOND WHERE WE COULD GO- WHERE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THAT WE COULD PROVIDE ON OUR OW>>ARE YOU SEEING AN INCREASE IN MAINTENANCE COSTS ON — BASED ON SOME OF THESE EVENTS? ARE WE BUDGETING APPROPRIATELY I GUESS IS WHAT I’M SAYING FOR INCREASED USAGE?>>YES, I THINK SO. I THINK THAT THE GUYS THAT WE REQUIRE ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO RESERVE SPACE OR DO THESE RENTALS OR ACTIVITIES COVERS OUR COST, AND IF THERE ARE DAMAGES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, WE ARE SURE TO TRY TO RECOVER THOSE FROM THE EVENT ORGANIZER.>>SO THERE’S A PROCESS.>>YES.>>STAYING IN SEVIER, WE TALKED BRIEFLY ABOUT THIS, AND I THINK THAT IT’S SOMETHING THAT COUNCILMAN RHOTON STARTED TO TOUCH ON. SOME OF THE HISTORIC ASPECTS WITHIN OUR PARKS, WE ARE GETTING SOME PLANNING MONEY FOR THAT. COULD WE TALK A LITTLE BIT TO THAT. I’VE GOT SUNNY SIDE, WHAT THOSE PLANNING PHASES LOOK LIKE, WHAT SOME PEOPLE SHOULD EXPECT TO SEE FROM SOME THAT HAVE CAPITAL SPENDING.>>WE WERE HAPPY TO SEE SOME FUNDING IN THE PROPOSED CAPITAL SPENDING PLAN FOR SUNNY SIDE. THAT HAS BEEN A — THE OUTBUILD INNINGS PARTICIPANT O OUTBUILD IGS, IN PARTICULAR, THE ANNEX THAT WERE CONNECTED TO THE MANSION WERE AT RISK FOR STATEMENT. SO WITH THIS PLANNING MONEY WE WOULD MOVE FORWARD WITH DESIGN WORK ON THE RESTORATION OF THOSE BUILDING, THE ADAPTIVE USE OF THE OUTBUILDINGS WITH THE SEVIER PARK MASTER PLAN. AND THEY WOULD INCLUDE COST FOR THE FUTURE CAPITAL REQUEST. THE OTHER IS THE TWO RIVERS MANSION. WE COMPLETED A MASTER PLAN FOR THE TWO RIVERS MANSION CAMPUS, AND ONE OF THE PROGRAM ELEMENTS WAS A SPECIAL EVENTS PAVILION. WE RECOMMENDED THAT THIS BE THE FIRST PHASE OF MASTER PLAN IMPLEMENTATION, BECAUSE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MANSION, AND THE FRIENDS OF THE MANSION CAN INCREASE THEIR REVENUE FOR THE PURPOSE OF BEING REINVESTED DIRECTLY INTO THE MANSION AND THE PRESERVATION OF THOSE HISTORIC ELEMENTS. THE MANSION AND THE 1802 HOUSE ACTUALLY HAD FULL EXTERIOR RESTORATIONS A YEAR AGO, THIS WILL ALLOW US TO MOVE FORWARD WITH INTERIOR WORK ON BOTH OF THOSE BUILDINGS, HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION AND SITE IMPROVEMENTS IS THE THOUGHT WHEN WE’RE GOING THROUGH SOME OF THIS PROJECT, WHEN I SAW THE PLAN TO PLAY, HOW ARE WE BRINGING IN SOME DIFFERENT USES THAT HAVEN’T MAYBE BEEN IN THE PARK BEFORE, IF THEY’RE COMPLEMENTARY LIK CONCESSIONS, IS THAT PART OF THIS PROCESS, AS WELL LOOKING AT THOSE KINDS OF USES >>THE SEVIER PARK MASTER PLAN IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THAT. IT IDENTIFIES THE CRANING BEHIND THE MANSION AS A CAFE. HAD THE PROBLEM ‘OF PROBLEM WITH OUR HISTORIC BUILDINGS IS PROVIDING A USE FOR THEM THAT IS COMPATIBLE WITH THE PRESERVATION OF THE BUILDING IT HE HAVE IS. WE PROBABLY HAVEN’T DONE AS GOOD OF A JOB OF LOOKING AT ADAPTIVE RESOURCE FOR SOMETHING FOR EXAMPLE, LIKE HOUSE MUSEUMS. SEVIER PARK MAY BE AN EXAMPLE OF OUR NEW STRATEGY FOR THIS. THE SAME IS TRUE FOR TWO BUILDINGS IN SHELBY PARK, AND THERE ARE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AS WELL. SO ADAPTIVELY REUSING THEM CREATES UNIQUE SPACES AND OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPERIENCE THESE PARKS THAT CAN’T BE REPRODUCED ANYWHERE ELSE, WITH 9HIGH QUALITY FOOD AND THAT COULD POTENTIALLY TIE INTO SOME OF THE URBAN AGRICULTURAL FOR THESE MASTER PLANS, AND NEW SITES.>>I WANTED TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT FAIR PARK, BECAUSE THAT IS ON THE FAIR GROUNDS PROPERTY. FROM A BUDGET STANDPOINT, I KNOW THAT WE PUT MONEY IN FROM THE CAPITAL SPENDING FROM THIS CURRENT BUDGET AND THE BUDGET TO COME. ARE WE SEEING OPERATIONAL FUNDS FROM THE PARKS DEPARTMENT PLANNED FOR THAT, EVEN THOUGH IT FILLS SOME OF OUR PLANNED TO PLAY NEEDS.>>WE HAVE NOT. THERE AREN’T ANY INCLUDED IN THE FY 18 BUDGET, BUT THE FAIR PARK WILL HOPFULLY COME TO FRUITION WITH A DOG PARK, GREEN WAY, AND MULTIPURPOSE SPORTS FIELDS. WE HAVEN’T PUT ANYTHING IN THE BUDGET HERE FOR THIS. THE MAIN CONCERN AS OF RIGHT NOW FOR THAT PARTICULAR PARK AREA WOULD BE A MAINTENANCE. AGAIN, THAT DRIVES EVERYTHING. WE WANT TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF THE SPACES AND FACILITIES THAT WE HAVE. SO I COULD FORESEE IN THE FUTURE AND ASK FOR ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE DOLLARS.>>AND THEN ONE FINAL QUESTION ABOUT OPPORTUNITY NOW, I WAS CURIOUS ABOUT THE DEPARTMENTS. I KNOW THAT WE’VE HAD THESE SEASONAL POSITIONS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, THE BUDGET. HOW IS THE DEPARTMENT PARTICIPATING IN OPPORTUNITY NOW.>>WE HAVE — WE’RE GOING IT — WE’VE BEEN ASKED TO HAVE 250 ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY NOW POSITIONS, THEY’RE PROVED THROUGH AN APPROPRIATION THROUGH THIS BODY THAT HAD THE COUNCIL APPROVED A FEW MONTHS AGO. WE ARE WORKING ON FILLING THOSE POSITIONS IN ADDITION TO THE SEASONAL POSITIONS THAT WE ALREADY HAD IN THE DEPARTMENT WHICH WERE LARGELY FILLED BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN THAT AGE RANGE OF NOT NECESSARILY 14, BUT UP TO 24. SO WE ALREADY HAD SOME POSITIONS THAT WE WERE FILLING WITH FOLKS IN THAT ABLE RANGE. WE’VE ADDEDAN ADDITIONAL 250 AND WE ARE WORKING TOWARDS GETTING THOSE POSITIONS FILLED RIGHT NOW.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, COUNCIL LADY KAREN JOHNSON >>THANK YOU, CHAIR HENDERSON. I WANT TO SAY FIRST, THANK YOU, MOIQUE ODOM FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, AND TIM, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, AS WELL AS SHANE DENNY SON, YOU ALL ARE OUTSTANDING. WE HAVE AN OUTSTANDING PARKS LEADERSHIP TEAM, AND I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO EACH AND EVERY DAY WITH THE LITTLE BUDGET THAT YOU HAVE. AND I ALSO WANT TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO MY FORMER COLLEAGUE THAT I SERVED WITH, PARK BOARD GEORGE ANDERSON, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. AND VICE CHAIR, STAND, JANET FRAZIER, AND JACKIE JONES. EVERYBODY SEES PARKS AS FAMILY SO THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE. AND JIM HESTER. I CAN’T FORGET HIM BEING BACK THERE. MY QUESTION, I HAVE THREE. THE SMALL PARK IMPROVEMENTS ON PAGE A 36, DOES THAT INCLUDE THE MONIES THAT WILL BE FOR THE UPCOMING POCKET PARK THAT’S IN THE MASTER PLAY. THE PARK AND PLAY MASTER PLAN?>>CAN YOU BE MORE SPECIFIC? I DON’T THINK THAT THEY HAVE THE SAME BUDGET BOOK WE HAVE.>>I’M SORRY.>>YOU JUST MENTIONED A PROJECT AGAIN SPECIFICALLY.>>IT HAS AN OPERATING BUDGET IMPACT OF 100,000. IT IS THE MAINTENANCE PROJECTS, MAINTENANCE SMALL PARK IMPROVEMENTS.>>A 36 IS WHAT YOU SAID.>>ALPHABET A 36, AND I WILL GO AHEAD TO THE SECOND QUESTION WHILE YOU’RE LOOKING THAT UP.>>WE HAVE GOT IT. ON DOES THAT IN INCLUDE THE CURRENT PARK AND PLAY MASTER PLAN.>>ARE YOU ASKING ABOUT THE ACQUISITION FOR THE LAND –>>NO IS THAT THE MONEY.>>THAT FUNDING HAS BEEN ALLOCATED — YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO HELP ME WITH THIS MONIQUE. CASA AN A FRONT.>>ON CAPITAL TAYLOR. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WITH THE EXPANSION OF OUR PARK FACILITIES THAT WE HAVE PARK POLICE BECAUSE WE’RE DOING SOME SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION, AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE TWO ADDITIONAL PARK POLICE OFFICERS ON PAGE I-FORTI-THREE, IS THAT SUFFICIENT TO MEET THE NEEDS THAT YOU HAVE?>>WE CURRENTLY HAVE A FORCE OF 22. THE THOUGHT HERE IS TO REQUEST TWO OFFICERS EACH YEAR FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS TO BUILD THE FORCI FORCE INCREMENTALLY .>>DO I SEE AN INCREASE IN MAINTENANCE SERVICE FUNDING THERE. WHY WITH OUR PARKS EXPANSION BEING SO GREAT, GRASS CUTTING IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT A LOT OF OUR CONSTITUENTS WILL CONTINUE TO CALL US ABOUT, BECAUSE WE LOVE HAVING PARKS WE, LOVE EXPANDING THEM.>>THERE ARE NO PLANS FOR CUTTING THEM IN OUR CONSOLIDATED MAINTENANCE AREA.>>WE HAVE A WONDERFUL MAINTENANCE DIVISION. I CALL THEM THE CAN DO CREW, BECAUSE THEY ALWAYS GET IT DONE, NO MATTER HOW LATE AT NIGHT, HOW EARLY IN THE MORNING. HOW WET, HOW DRY, HOW HIGH THEY HAVE TO CLIMB OR WHATEVER, THEY ALWAYS GET IT DONE, BUT THIS IS NOT A REDUCTION TO MAINTENANCE AT ALL.>>I WANTED TO MAKE SURE IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WE PROVIDED ENOUGH FUNDING FOR, SO WITH THE EXPANSION OF PARK PROPERTIES, DOG PARKS, AND COMMUNITY CENTER PROPERTIES THAT WE DO KEEP THE GRASS CUT ON A REGULAR BASIS. I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR THE WORK THAT YOU DID AT THE HIKES AND HEY AY RIDES THI PAST SUNDAY. VERY FORMATIONAL. WE LEARNED A LOT FROM THE HISTORY THAT WAS BROUGHT OUT THROUGH THIS PROJECT. WE ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING FOR SOME HISTORICAL MARKERS ON THAT PROPERTY AS WELL. WE THANK YOU FOR THE IMPROVEMENTS AT UNA PARK. EVERYONE IS EXCITED OUT THERE ESPECIALLY FOR THE SMITH SPRINGS CENTER AS WELL AS MADISON. I JUST THINK THAT YOU ALL DO AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF WORK, FROM THE WORK THAT YOU DO FROM PREVIOUSLY SITTING ON THE PARK BOARD. AND WE THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO TO EXPAND PARK OPPORTUNITIES ESPECIALLY CATCHING SOUTHEAST NASHVILLE UP IN TERMS OF ACCESS, THANK YOU >>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT.>>THANK YOU, SO MUCH COUNCIL LADY JOHNSON. WE HAVAV F FR MORE COUNCIL MEMBERS IN THE QUEUE, AND WE ARE GETTING INTO BEING 15 MINUTES OVERTIME I AM GOING TO CUT OFF MORE QUESTIONS AT THIS POINT, BUT IF OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS HAVE QUESTIONS THAT OCCUR TO THEM, I WOULD ASK THAT YOU E-MAIL THEM TO ME WITH A CC, TO ROSE, TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALL WILL ADDRESS THOSE QUESTIONS. NEXT IN THE QUEUE IS COUNCILMAN JOHN COOPER.>>AND THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN AND EVERYBODY FOR BEING HERE. QUICK QUESTION. THERE IS A BACK LOG OF PROJECTS THAT ARE APPROVED APPROPRIATED PAST THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS SPENDING PLAN. I’M NOT SURE HOW LARGE A BAG LOG THEY HAVE. HOW MUCH DO YOU FEEL IS COMING OFF THE BACK LOG IN FY 18, EVEN TO THOUGH YOUR CURRENT CAPITAL NUMBER MAY NOT BE THAT GREAT. IT IS NOT THAT YOU’RE ACTUALLY DOING PAST CAPITAL PROJECTS.>>PROJECTS THAT ARE SLATED TO WRAP UP THIS YEAR ARE THE CASA AZAFRAN PARK, AND HADLEY TENNIS BUBBLE. THE — LET’S SEE, THE MADISON AND SMITH SPRINGS COMMUNITY CENTERS WILL BOTH BE PROBABLY SPRING OF NEXT YEAR. OAKWOOD PARK WILL BREAK GROUND THIS YEAR. AND/OR CHARRED BEND PARK WILL BE COMPLETED IN SPRING OF NEXT YEAR. THE MASTER PLANS FOR RAVENWOOD, AS WELL AS ANTIOCH SOUTHEAST WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, AND WE’LL GO STRAIGHT INTO DESIGN ON THOSE, RIVER FRONT, FORT NASHBORO WILL BE SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE THIS FRIDAY. WE ARE DOING A WALK FLEW FOR FINAL PUNCH LIST ITEMS, AND WE WILL BE SCHEDULING AN OPENING EVENT THERE, SOMETIME AFTER CMA, WEEK, AROUND JUNE 12TH. UNAN IS ABOUT 90 PERCENT COMPLETE. SO WE WILL WRAP THAT UP WITHIN THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS. THE TUNNEL. THE CONNECT OR PHASE TWO AT EDWIN WARNER PARK IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AND WILL WRAP THAT UP THIS YEAR, AND WEST PARK, WHICH IS A PARTNERSHIP WITH METRO WATER SERVICES, I SEE SCOTT OUT THERE ILL ALSO WRAP UP THIS YEAR. THOSE ARE THE BIG PROJECTS THAT WE HAVE UNDERWAY CURRENTLY.>>THANK YOU, COULD YOU PUT A DOLLAR AMOUNT NEXT TO THESE, AND THEN CIRCULATE THEM BACK TO THE COMMITTEE?>>YES. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN COOPER. MS. HAYES DID YOU GET THAT QUESTION. THANK YOU SO MUCH. COUNCIL LADY ERIKA GILMORE.>>THANK YOU, CHAIR HENDERSON. THANK YOU EACH FOREBEING HERE. I WAS HAPPY THAT COUNCIL MEMBER CLEAR SOED FOR THAT LIST. THOSE ARE SOME WONDERFUL PROJECTS COMING THROUGH >>AND A LOT OF CITIZENS HAVE BEEN ASKING ABOUT THE BUBBLE, AND THE FANNY MAY D PARK. MY DAUGHTER WHEN SHE WAS LITTLE HAD A BIRTHS DAY PARTY OVER THERE. WE HEARD THE HISTORY, AND HOW THIS GENTLEMAN GOT THESE PEOPLE TOGETHER TO WORK ON THE DRAGON. SO THAT WAS REALLY EXCITING. I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS. ONE IS I WANTED TO SEE IS COLEMAN PARK DASH EXPLAIN TO ME HOW DOES THAT, DO YOU STILL OPERATE THAT FACILITY OR IS THAT SOMEONE ELSE OPERATE THAT FACILITY?>>COLEMAN?>>SO IT IS A REGIONAL, ARE WE DOING A PARTNERSHIP WITH SOMEONE. WITH THE BOYS AND GIRL’S CLUB, HAS SOMEBODY WRITTEN IT OUT.>>THAT’S A LOCATION WHERE THE NAZA, IS.>>GOOD DEAL >>AND THEN I WANTED TO ASK ABOUT NAME AREA. THESE ARE TWO QUESTIONS, THESE ARE PRAOPERATIONAL. SO THESE ARE CAPITAL.>>YOU CAN ASK CAPITAL QUESTIONS.>>WONDERFUL. I KNOW THAT THEY’VE BEEN WORKING ON THE AIR INDOORS FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS NOW. AND THE SWIMMING POOL, WHERE ARE WE WITH THAT?>>AT THE NAPIER SWIMMING POOL. WE ARE WORKING ON GETTING IT REPAIRED. WE’RE WORKING ON GETTING IT REPAIRED, AND IT SHOULD BE REPAIRED IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO COUPLE OF WEEKS.>>I THINK THAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. ESPECIALLY THE COMMUNITY OVER THERE.>>WE HAVE TROUBLE SWIMMING.>>AWESOME.>>AND WHAT ABOUT THE AIR CONDITIONING PART? IN THE GYM.>>THAT IS AN OLDER CENTER WHERE WE ARE PUTTING IN AIR IN SEVERAL OF THOSE CENTERS AROUND THE CITY. I THINK THAT THERE ARE FOUR, SO THAT’S IN PROGRESS AS WELL. LOOK AT YOU GUYS, ROCK STARS.>>I HAVE ONE MORE FOLLOWUP QUESTIONS, ARE WE LOOKING AT TRYING TO LET A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION RUN THAT PARK OVER THERE AT NAPIER, OR WILL IT REMAIN NAPIER RUNNING IT. LIKE SOME BOYS AND GIRLS, OR MARTHA O’BRYAN OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.>>I THINK THAT IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IT GOING LIKE IT IS, AND OUR CITIZENS REALLY BENEFIT FROM THAT. THOSE ARE ALL OF MY QUESTIONS, AND I WANT TO SAY THAT I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH TIM ON TREATMENT SO EXCITING.FERSON – SO THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU ANSWERED ALL OF THE QUESTIONS THAT I HAVE. YOU’RE JUST ROCK STARS.>>THANK CIRCUMSTANCE COUNCIL LADY GYROCOPTER, COUNCIL LADY VANREESE.>>I DON’T KNOW HOW TO FOLLOW THAT. THAT WAS AWESOME. I CAN’T BELIEVE REALLY HOW MUCH WE’VE DONE IN DISTRICT EIGHT IN ONE YEAR, AND I WANTED TO STOP AND SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT. BOTH WITH THE OAKWOOD PARK REVISIONING AND I GUESS WE’RE NOW ON THE THIRD REVISIONING OF MAKING SURE THAT IT’S GOING TO WORK AND WE USE THE DOLLARS FOR PEOPLE AND NOT FOR CONCRETE. SO WE’RE WORKING ON THAT. THE STATION BOULEVARD PROJECT THAT IS GOING ON WITH THE PARK BEHIND THE MADISON LIBRARY AND SOME VISIONING ON THAT. THE IDEA OF THE BAYSHAW PARK COMING TOGETHER, FROM OAKWOOD TO TRINITY LANE. EACH OF THEM IN THEMSELVES ARE PUBLIC PRIVATE OPPORTUNITIES AND THE IDEA THAT WE CAN WORK WITH BUSINESS WITH THE PARKS DEPARTMENT I THINK IS VERY INTERESTING. WE NEED TO DO MORE OF THAT BOTH WITH ACA, BAYSHAW, AND LOCAL DEVELOPERS ON THE DEVELOPMENT ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO HAVE A WAY TO BIKE AND WALK AND JOG AND RUN ALONG ELLINGTON PARKWAY I THINK IS AN EXCITE THING. AND NONE OF THOSE THINGS 12 MONTHS AGO EXISTED, AND I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. I DID HAVE A FOLLOWUP QUESTION ABOUT THE PARKS POLICE. AND I’M GLAD THAT YOURS ADDING A COUPLE AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT, AND I THINK THAT THE DISTRIBUTION OF THAT, AND HEARING FROM THE DIFFERENT POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND WHETHER IT BE EAST OR MADISON OR WEST OR NORTH FOR WHAT SUPPORT THEY NEED TO COVER THOSE AREAS, SO YOU’RE PUTTING THEM NEAR THE PLACES THAT THEY NEED TO BE. I KNOW THAT THERE’S A LOT OF EXCITEMENT ABOUT OAKWOOD PARK. BUT AT THE SAME TIME PRESENCE IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THAT PLAN, AND I KNOW THAT WE’RE GOING TO HEAR FROM THE ARTS COMMISSION HERE SHORTLY AFTER LIBRARIES, BUT PUBLIC ART IN PUBLIC PARKS HAS BEEN AN ONGOING COLLABORATION, AND I’D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU JUST HOWELL YOU FEEL LIKE THAT’S GOING, AND IF THERE IS OF WAS NEED FROM THE PARKS SIDE FOR ANOTHER PERSON TO CONCENTRATE SPECIFICALLY TO WORK AS AN ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT PARKS DEPARTMENT TO BE THAT LIAISON IN THE SAME WAY THAT THE ARTS COMMISSION HAS SAID THAT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A PUBLIC ARTS PERSON IN THE ARTS COMMISSION. HOW CAN WE BETTER SOLIDIFY THAT RELATIONSHIP? I’D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT THAT.>>I THINK THAT PUBLIC ART IS A GOOD THING, I WILL SAY THIS, AND I’LL YIELD TO TIM, BECAUSE HE’S WORKED MOST FREQUENTLY WITH THE ART COMMISSION, AND GETTING PUBLIC ART AT DIFFERENT PARK FACILITIES. ANYTIME THAT THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY OR A SPACE WHERE WE CAN OFFER AND PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ARTS COMMISSION AND OFFER A PUBLIC ART PIECE OR MURAL OR SOME SORT OF PUBLIC ART, I THINK THAT’S A GOOD THING.>>IN MOST OF MY WORK WITH THE METRO ARTS COMMISSION HAS BEEN IN INTEGRATING THOSE IN OUR PARKS AND FACILITIES PROJECTS. PARKS MAY BE WHERE- MAY HAVE THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF PUBLIC ART PROJECTS COMPARED TO OTHER DEPARTMENTS. SO WE’RE HUGE SUPPORTERS OF PUBLIC ART. ITTEN . IT ENRICHES AND WE TALK ABOUT NEW WAYS TO INTEGRATE THAT, FOR EVERY PROJECT WE EMBARK ON. SO WE FEEL POSITIVE ABOUT THAT RELATIONSHIP. HAVING THE ARTS COMMISSION STAFF AND THE ARTISTS SELECTED WORKING DIRECTLY WITH THE PLANNING AND DESIGN TEAM IS AN ESSENTIAL RELATIONSHIP. SO WE DO COUNT ON THE ARTS COMMISSION STAFF TO PROVIDE SOME OF THE MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE WITH THE ARTISTS. BUT THE KEY IS HAVING EVERYBODY WORKING TOGETHER AT ONE TABLE SO I FEEL LIKE WITH- IF YOU LOOK AT THE PARKS DEPARTMENT. I THINK THAT WE’RE IN A PRETTY GOOD SHAPE WITH THE WAY THAT THE RELATIONSHIP WORKS. WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE MORE ARTS STAFF OF COURSE.>>I APPRECIATE YOU JUST SAYING WHAT YOU JUST DID. THERE NEEDS TO BE AN ARTIST AT THE TABLE WHENEVER YOU’RE PLANNING. AND I CONTINUE TO CHALLENGE MY FELLOW COUNCIL MEMBERS WITH EVERY COMMUNITY METHANE SITUATION THAT THERE IS AN ARTIST IN THE ROOM TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THOSE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES. I THANK YOU FOR THAT. AND ONE FINAL THING IS THAT’S SOME OF THESE — I KNOW THAT COUNCILMAN PRIDEMORE AND I HAVE SOME HOUSES ABOUT TO BE TORN DOWN BY PUBLIC WORKS IN THE FLOOD MITIGATION SITUATION AND THAT LEAVES THESE WEIRD LITTLE BY ACCIDENT, WE’LL CALL THEM POCKET PARKS. I’LL SEE IF THERE IS ANYTHING IN THIS BUDGET YEAR, TO HELP FACILITATE COMMUNITY PARKS IN THESE SITUATIONS. THERE HAS SON OSOME INTEREST ON GIBSON AND CHAD WELL. WHEN THOSE HOUSES COME DOWN, YOU HAVE A LOT OF GREEN SPACE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD BECAUSE OF THE FLOODWAY. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAD ANY NEWS FOR ME ON THAT OR THE PROPER WAY THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS IT.>>MS. DENNY SOO DISON DO YOU ADDRESS THAT.>>THE GREEN WAY WE JUST OPENED WEEKEND, A CAN ACCESS POINT WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THAT. SO IT HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE. WE’VE DONE ENGLAND PARK. WHAT ELSE?>>WINPOLE. WE’VE EXPANDED SEVERAL PARKS AND ADDED GREEN WAY AND TRAILS AS MOST OF THOSE SITES, SO WE WOULD LOOK FORWARD TO THAT.>>THANK YOU, COUNCIL LADY VANREESE. COUNCILMAN BRETT WITHERS. THANK YOU FOR INDULGING ME, I KNOW THAT I’M NOT ON THE BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE, AND I KNOW THAT I’M ARRIVING LATE. BUT I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION FROM MY COLLEAGUE, COUNCILMAN SLEDGE ABOUT THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION, AND TIMMY APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THE NAVAL BUILDING IN SHELBY I GET A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT IT. IF YOU COULD, PLEASE KEEP MIA PRICED OF THE FUNDING ON THAT. I DO RECEIVE A LOT OF THE QUESTIONS ON THAT. SIMILARLY I DO WANT TO ECHO SOME OF THE STATEMENTS FROM MY COUNCIL COLLEAGUES TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE ADEQUATE PARKS POLICE COVERAGE. WE HAVE HAD A LARG NUMBER OF CITIZEN COMPLAINTS ABOUT CAR BREAKINS FOR EXAMPLE, AT THE SHELBY BOTTOM TRAIL HEAD. YOU’VE RECEIVED COMPLAINTS FROM CONSTITUENTS ABOUT CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IN PARKS WHICH I KNOW IS ILLEGAL BUT IT HAPPENS. AND SOMETIMES IT’S DISRUPTIVE IF IT’S NEXT DOOR TO YOUR HOUSE. I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING TO STAFF THE PARKS POLICE AND WE APPRECIATE ALL THEY DO AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING MORE ADDITIONS TO THAT IN FUTURE YEARS. ONE COMMENT I REALLY JUST WANTED TO MAKE IS THIS ISN’T UNIQUE TO SHELBY PARK PROBABLY. BUT SHELBY PARK DOES HAVE STREETS THAT ARE FLAGGED AS STREETS AND CERTAINLY THEY’RE USED AS STREETS, AND IN FACT, THEY’RE THOROUGHFARES, I WOULD SAY. THEY’RE IN A STATE OF DISREPAIR. IT IS FRUSTRATING OF COURSE TO PEOPLE WHO DRIVE THROUGH THERE ON THEIR COMMUTE. IT IS REALLY FRUSTRATING TO OUR FOLKS WHO BIKE IN SHELBY PARK BECAUSE OF THE CONDITION OF THOSE ROADS BEING SO ROUGH IS REALLY REALLY DANGEROUS FOR OUR BICYCLISTS. SO IT IS A POINT OF CONTINGENCE SOMETIMES FOR THE STREETS THAT ARE IN THE PARK OR BORDER THE PARK IF WE’RE LOOKING FOR TRAFFIC COPYING OR DIFFERENT THINGS. PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS SORT OF — I JUST WANT TO RITTER EIGHT THAT SOME OF OUR ROADS IN SHELBY PARK NEED ATTENTION FOR THE SAFETY OF BICYCLISTS IRONIC ENOUGH. IF WE COULD CONTINUE TO WORK WITH PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS OVER THE NEXT YEAR ON FIGURING OUT HOW TO STREAMLINE SOME OF THOSE REQUESTS, SO WE COULD GET THEM BUDGETED APPROPRIATELY, I THINK THAT WOULD BE GREAT.>>THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN WITHERS. COUNCIL LADY HURT. YOU YOUR THE LAST IN THE QUEUE.>>THANK YOU, I’LL BE BRIEF MADAM CHAIR. I WANT TO THANK PARKS FOR ALL OF THE WONDERFUL WORK THAT THEY CONTINUE TO DO AND HAVE DONE. ALL THREE OF MY DAUGHTERS GREW UP IN METRO PARKS AS LIFE GUARDS, AND I SPOKE YESTERDAY TO DR. JOSEPH IN REGARDS TO READING BECAUSE MS. SPEARING BASICALLY SAID A LOT OF THE KIDS LOSE THEIR READING ABILITY DURING THE SUMMER. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU ALL CONSIDERED HAVING READING IN THE COMMUNITY CENTERS DURING THE SUMMER TIME AS MY COLLEAGUE COUNCIL LADY VANREESE TALKED ABOUT HAVING SOMEONE THERE FOR ARTS. I’M WONDERING IF IT WOULD BE A FEASIBLE THING TO HAVE SOMEONE THERE FOR READING EVEN IF IT WAS JUST ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK TO MAKE SURE THAT THE KIDS STILL HAD SOME DIRECT READING OPPORTUNITIES. AND IF SO, I’LL BE HAPPY TO PUT THAT ON MY WISH LIST BECAUSE I’M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE READING OF OUR CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY THE THIRD GRADE ABLE, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO ALL WE CAN TO ADDRESS IT>>I THINK IT WOULD BE FEASIBLE FOR US TO INCORPORATE RATE IT. IN FACT, I’M NOT CERTAIN THAT WE DO NOT. THE SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS AT THE COMMUNITY CENTERS ARE PACKED FULL OF ARTS, CRAFTS AND EVEN SOME ACADEMIC TYPES OF ACTIVITIES. NATURE BASED AND ALL SORTS. SO I WOULD NOT — I CAN’T AT A THIS POINT SAY THAT READING IS NOT A PART OF IT, OR INCORPORATED IN SOME WAY. IF IT IS NOT IT WOULD BE A FEASIBLE OPTION FOR US.>>COUNCIL LADY HURT, I WOULD SAY THAT PROVIDES A GOOD SEGUE TO OUR NEXT HEARING WITH LIBRARIES, DUE TO THEIR NAZA, SUMMER PROGRAMS. IF I MAY, IF WE COULD JUST BRIEFLY MS. DENISON THE GREENWAYS FUNDING AS FAR AS HOW IT’S REPRESENTED IN THE BUDGET. I HEARD THE COMMUNITY CONCERNS ABOUT READING THE BUDGET THAT THE GREEN WAYS FUNDING WAS GOING DOWN, MY READING WAS THAT IT WAS BEING PUT IN DIFFERENT BUCKETS AS FAR AS THE ACQUISITION.>>IS THE MICROPHONE OFF.>>I BELIEVE YOU ARE ON.>>THERE’S THREE MILL MILLION FOR THE GREEN WAY, AND THAT’S CAPITAL BUDGET AND THEY’RE IN THE PROCESS OF SPENDING DOWN 3 MILLION THAT WE HAVE LEFT LAST YEAR TOWARD TWO MORE, ONE ON THE RIVER, AND ONE ON MILLCREEK, AND ONE ON WHITE’S CREEK, AT FONTANEL.>>UST FOR THE COMMUNITY’S UNDERSTANDING, THAT IS NOT A LISTENING OF GREENWAYS FUNDING.>>IT HAS RANGED FROM 3 TO $5 MILLION.>>SO 3 MILLION FOR BROWN’S CREEK IS WITHIN THAT RANGE >>AND YOU’RELOQUY SIGNATURES FOR FUTURE ACQUISITIONS THAT REMAINS IN A LARGER BUCKET FOR PARKS ACQUISITION >>THERE WAS NOT LAND ACQUISITION IN THIS CAPITAL BUDGET BUT WE ARE OPTIMISTIC IF THE MID YEAR BUDGET HAPPENS AND WE HAVE A NEED WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASK FOR THAT. I JUST ADD THAT WE STILL DO HAVE SOME REMAINING FUND FOR LAND ACQUISITION CURRENTLY. WE STILL DO HAVE SOME FUNDS AVAILABLE.>>I KNOW THAT I HAVE SEVERAL REMAINING QUESTIONS, IN THE INTEREST OF TIME BECAUSE WE ARE RUNNING 30 MINUTES OVER, I THINK THAT WE WILL GET WITH YOU LATER, AND IF ANY OTHER C QUESTIONS, I’D ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THE SAME, AND THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. SO WITH THAT WE WILL CONCLUDE THE PARKS HEARING,

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