Metro Parks skeleton $5 million in improvements subsequent year
November 24, 2015 - Picnic Time
Metro Parks skeleton to spend some-more than $5 million on improvements subsequent year, including a new
nature core during a Scioto Grove Metro Park in southern Franklin County and parking and river
access a for Olentangy Greenway Trail prolongation circuitously Highbanks Metro Park.
Metro Parks commissioners this morning authorized a $28.7 million budget, what Commissioner
Jeff McNealey called a “status quo” bill entrance during a second half of a levy cycle.
The bill is 7 percent reduction than Metro Parks’ sum bill for 2015, though represents a 25
percent boost from what a district is on lane to spend in 2015.
That’s since Metro Parks didn’t spend as most on land merger this year. Plans call for
$3 million for intensity land merger in 2016, including $1 million to buy skill during Rocky
Fork. Metro Parks hasn’t targeted anything else to buy, pronounced Executive Director Tim Moloney.
Metro Parks spent only $606,937 for land purchases this year, notwithstanding $4 million set aside in
the budget. The district now has some-more than 27,000 acres.
Property taxation revenues are approaching to somewhat arise in 2016 compared to this year. Revenue
from a 10-year, 0.75-mill levy that electorate upheld in 2009 generated $20.1 million in income this
year, adult from $19.3 million in 2014.
Moloney pronounced a system’s finances are in “very clever shape” streamer into a years before
voters face another levy in 2019.
Commissioners also authorized 3 percent compensate raises for Moloney, emissary executive Larry Peck,
finance executive Bill Ruff and tellurian resources executive Renee Telfer.
Moloney now will make $128,750 a year. He also perceived a $7,500 opening reward for 2015.
Moloney transposed John O’Meara, who late a year ago.
Peck will make $123,500. He also will accept a reward of $5,000. Ruff will be paid $102,500
and Telfer will make $93,500.
McNealey pronounced a bonuses were awarded for “performance good above what was expected,” with
the transition between O’Meara and Moloney.
Metro Parks will supplement some positions, including amicable media and open family specialists.
The district combined 5 people to Glacier Ridge Metro Park in Union County after it began operating
the circuitously Homestead Metro Park.
The series of full-time positions will boost from 165 to 170, and part-time from 104 to
113. Seasonal worker numbers will arise by four, from 75 to 79.
Metro Parks expects to finish a vital devise in early spring, and a complement will horde a
series of meetings to establish what visitors want. McNealey pronounced he expects some-more people wish parks
with activities such as a renouned climbing wall during Scioto Audubon Metro Park.
Metro Parks non-stop a 17th park this year — Rocky Fork in northeastern Franklin County. The
park is approaching to attract about 60,000 visitors this year.
It acquired what is now called Homestead Metro Park in Hilliard, where a complement skeleton to
make improvements to playgrounds, cruise tables and shelters.
Metro Parks also pennyless belligerent on a 19th park, Scioto Grove. The park will be a home of
the system’s initial civic backpacking trail.
Moloney pronounced officials design 7.8 million visitors to a parks this year.