SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
COUNCIL CHAMBERS – CITY HALL
1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE
MAY 24, 2011
THE SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING (Budget Workshop) of the City of Port Orange was called to order by Mayor Allen Green at 5:34 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call: Present: Councilman Bob Ford
Councilman Donald Burnette
Councilman Bob Pohlmann
Vice Mayor Dennis Kennedy
Mayor Allen Green
Also Present: Kenneth W. Parker, City Manager
Margaret T. Roberts, City Attorney
Robin Fenwick, Deputy City Clerk
B. BUDGET WORKSHOP
Susan Lovallo presented the Parks and Recreation Department proposed budget for FY 2012. Ms. Lovallo explained that there were 27 full time employees in 2007 and now there are 21. Personnel trends in Parks was discussed, as well as the maintenance budget. Ms. Lovallo shared survey trends with Council, as well as the recreation and athletics programs and special events. Ms. Lovallo advised Council that the volunteer program is coming along great mostly thanks to a volunteer who has stepped up to schedule the volunteers for the concession stands at the games and other volunteer needs. Florida benchmarking consortium was discussed.
Councilman Pohlmann asked if any programs are self-sustaining. Ms. Lovallo said only the adult sports. Their goal is to cover 100% of the summer program costs this year.
Vice Mayor Kennedy asked about the increase in the recreation and athletic budget. Ms. Lovallo explained that it's because of the Babe Ruth program costs that will be incurred in FY 2012. Vice Mayor Kennedy asked about the 4th of July show. He wants a similar show as in the past. He asked about tournament issues with Babe Ruth. Ms. Lovallo explained the Coraci field and the tournaments. Mr. Parker advised that he has met with the hotel/motel association president about the tournament opportunities.
Councilman Pohlmann complimented staff on the park by Creekside Middle School.
Councilman Burnette asked what the registration fee for Babe Ruth will be. Ms. Lovallo said $70.00, same as the fees currently charged for baseball/softball. Councilman Burnette wants to make sure we are equal to South Daytona. He asked what needs to be done for Babe Ruth. Ms. Lovallo said could be ready with budget approval for Spring 2012. Councilman Burnette asked about the fields for Babe Ruth. Ms. Lovallo explained that rules do not call for grass infields and she could play 12 and under on the fields now. Mr. Parker says we need to share resources with South Daytona and other cities. Councilman Burnette would like to see us work with others to share fields. Mr. Parker advised that Staff is waiting on the County for the Pop Warner agreement.
Mayor Green reminded all that the driving force in South Daytona has passed away. Daryl Idle worked lots of hours to make the program work.
Councilman Ford complimented staff on the quality of the fields. He said they look great. Overall, he is happy with the department and the budget.
Mayor Green asked Staff to look into the health program that New Smyrna Beach just held recently.
ADJOURNMENT: 6:18 P.M.
Mayor Allen Green
Kenneth W. Parker, City Manager