Park Board, Sept. 5, 2013

PARKSThe board met briefly tonight to approve use of Central Park for the annual Homewood Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser, for April 25-26, 2014. During the remaining 15 minutes, it set up a nominating committee to appoint new officers; briefly reported on the rec center construction progress and rate-setting talks, and announced that Kelly Landscape Architects [Central Park; Patriot Park] and possibly Davis Architecture [Rec Center] had submitted designs for a “gateway” to central park at the old Jiffy Lube site. The site apparently has been cleaned up or otherwise cleared for redevelopment by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. That project would not be funded until the 2014-15  budget year.

Members present:  Board chairman Chris Mason, Tom Walker, Becky Morton, Paula Smalley, Tim Baggett and Tom Blake.

Members absent:  Chris Meeks, vice chairman, Don Little and Keith Stansell. Also absent was council liaison Richard Laws.

Staff present:  Board secretary Dianne Rice, Berkley Squires, director.

Audience attendance:  2

Approved:  Minutes of the combined July/August meeting, July 25, 2013.

Recreation center report:  Mr. Meeks not being present to give the report, Mr. Mason remarked that construction was on time and on budget.

Director’s report: Mr. Squires said he would present the park board’s final budget at the October meeting after it had been approved by the city. On the rec center, he said he was trying to get new pictures of the construction posted each week on the P&R website.  Also, the builders will take an aerial photo each month that will also be posted.

Program Committee report: Mr. Walker, chairman, said the committee had begun talks on the new rate structure, which would be ongoing for at least two months before a recommendation would be made. The committee will use rates at other municipal centers for comparison.

Approved Relay for Life in Central Park, April 25-26: The board approved the fundraiser on the recommendation of the Facilities Committee, reported by Mr. Blake for the absent chairman, Dr. Little.

Appointed two members to nominate officers: Mr. Mason asked Mr. Walker and Ms. Smalley to nominate new officers for the upcoming year beginning Oct. 1. 

Before adjourning at 6 p.m., the board set the upcoming committee meetings for Sept. 26 at the Lee Center, beginning with Programs at 5:30, with Facilities to follow.

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