Imagine an appointed body that likes citizen input, and even puts (some) board packet items on its website before its meetings! Parks and Rec is that body.
With 1.5 mil of our tax dollars every year, it's good to see the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority (VLPRA) reviewing finances:
At the end of February, the Parks and Rec had $2.69 million in cash, $541,000 in liabilities, and that leaves about $2.1 million....
For the eight months ending February 29, tax receipts $3.22 million. That's $79,000 dollars more tax receipts than for the eight months of the previous year.
At least we can see some results of their money, such as
They talked about trying to get signs put on I-75 pointing at VLPRA parks. Might I suggest also fixing the VLPRA web page about their parks? It's currently welded too wide, so you have to scroll horizontally to see anything.
Regarding turnout for the four Master Plan citizen meetings in April:
It could have been better. We had about 9 or 10 at Mildred Hunter, 10 at Naylor. We had about 25 at Hahira. ...It was kind of slim at South Lowndes.
Still, as board member JC Cunningham said,
It was so good to see the citizens be involved, and talk, and speak. It was really good; it made me proud.
Executive Director George Page agreed:
I felt we had some good input.
They also sent out 2500 surveys in the mail. And they're painting up a Showmobile that says VLPRA on it so they can be visible in the community.
Hm, maybe these battery-powered LED scoreboards could have solar panels to charge the batteries.
Here are links to some materials they were considering in that 19 April 2012 board meeting. Maybe they'll get around to putting agendas and minutes on their website, which says their next board meeting is 4:30 P.M. Thursday 17 May 2012 at their office, 1901 N. Forrest Street, Valdosta, GA.
Here's a video playlist:
Finance, Facilities, and Projects
Regular Session, Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority (VLPRA),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 19 April 2012.
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE).