“We want to make small, meaningful improvements to our parks that park users can take advantage of almost immediately,” said District 1 Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams. “Last week we planted more than 3,000 bulbs and flowers in every park. We hope these upcoming projects will make our parks more enjoyable for everyone.”
City Manager Marie L. Garrett presented a list of the parks and the amounts of each project at last week’s council meeting. She said the funds for the park renovations are separate from the parks and recreation budget for 2014 and are for quick fixes needed before the city embarks on its comprehensive parks plan.
The park projects include:
-$30,000 for the placement of permanent waste and recycling receptacles, including pet waste stations in all city of Brookhaven parks
-$65,000 for Murphey Candler Park — bathroom construction and improvements; upgrades to sports fields
-$40,000 for Brookhaven Park — construction of entry feature
-$25,000 for Lynwood Park — renovations for the athletic facilities, bathroom and benches
-$25,000 for Blackburn Park — pavilion renovations
-$10,000 for Ashford Park — swing set improvements
-$5,000 for Georgian Terrace — general improvements
-$15,000 for Briarwood Park — the city will use these funds to match the bathroom construction fundraiser project
-$15,000 will be reserved for future allocation.
In other agenda items, Garrett mentioned an agreed upon amount for the Buford Highway Improvement Plan contract at around $99,000, which she noted is lower than the $121,000 cap that was set. Garrett said the amount will not diminish deliverables.
Finance Director Bonnie Kline presented an update for the city’s 2014 budget, which showed an anticipated revenue amount of $26.6 million. That figure includes: $18.8 million for the general fund, about $5 million for the HOST fund, $1.4 million for the stormwater utility, $1.3 million for the hotel/motel tax fund and $2,500 for the confiscated asset fund.
“We feel very good and confident about our anticipated revenues,” said Garrett. City staff also noted the budget is a living document that will be adjusted throughout the year.