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Mill Creek seeks levy, improvements in 10-year plan



Published: Tue, March 12, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Susan Tebben

stebben@vindy.com

CANFIELD

The Mill Creek MetroParks Board heard the new plan for improvements, branding and marketing at the parks for the next 10 years.

A big part of the plan is creating a strategy to lead to the passage of a levy and using marketing and promotion to bring a long-term financial and cost-recovery plan, said Dennis Miller, executive director said at Monday’s board meeting.

The details of the levy amount were not available, and the board must further discuss the issue.

Board members will have a meeting and work session Saturday to discuss the 2013 budget and take a vote.

Without a concrete budget and without knowing the full plan of action for capital improvements and other park- district priorities, the plan right now is for the board to put in place the strategy for a levy in 2014 and how to get it passed.

Miller presented the park district’s action-plan summary for 2013-23, outlining goals and changes in community engagement, natural resources, recreation and education, infrastructure, staff and stewardship.

The first part of the plan was enacted at the meeting with the welcome of Samantha Villella as the new community- engagement director. She will start March 25. Details on her salary were not available at the meeting.

“With community engagement, we’re going to combine the efforts of the marketing and development department with the recreation and education department,” Miller said, adding that this will help the programming and promotion of the parks get out to larger audiences.

Miller said members of the public often have said they didn’t realize some of the services the MetroParks provides, and this new coordinated effort will work better to get the message out.

One of the board’s requests that made it into the goals was a trail- assessment plan to prioritize improvements.

“The trails were a top priority in the public comment as well,” Miller said.

Trail improvements are on the list of infrastructure goals, including capital improvements and changes to parks’ schedules, Miller said, though specifics were not outlined at the meeting.

On the marketing side, though, plans and development already are in place for a new logo and look for MetroParks displays and promotional materials.

“The goal is to have something that is immediately identifiable as the MetroParks,” said Linda Kostka, marketing director. “We’re working on the logo right now and making sure it works in all formats.”


Comments

1grazor50(47 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

typical government objective, always trying to get more taxpayer dollars from the public METROPARKS already have a levy, try living within their means and stop overspending.. All that has been decided is they need more money,, just not sure what it can all be spent on!

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2Knightcap(609 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Another levy! You got to be out of your f_ _ _ _ _ _ mind!

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3UticaShale(848 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Drill for your oil fools!

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4gdog4766(1261 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Vote No! We have no say on who sits on this board, how they spend our money or anything they do. If you folks knew how much they pay the director you would puke. This like the Library are two entities in the county with no oversight. Vote no on this and the library.

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5busyman(239 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Where is the local Tea Party when you need them. Oh that's right. They are the baby boomers that are walking in the park and want better trails, renting cheap movies and taking out books free from the library. It is time to vote NO on both of this issues. Put gates on the entrances and charge admission and see how many people will go in.

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6nojimbo(219 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

"Community Engagement Director? When the hell did they advertise THAT job? Oh, must have been printed with the same invisible ink that was used on the Executive Director position's posting. Seriously, they have a full time PR person in a "Marketing" department but you need to hire ANOTHER person with a slightly different title to do the same thing???

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7conservative4you(14 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

nojimbo, you are right, what will the Marketing Director do, with this additional marketing person, another costly addition to the ever-growing bureaucracy, too many chiefs, not enough Indians; why does a park even need a marketing person in the first place; and gdog4766, you are also right, just like the Library and the WRTA, keep wasting money on unnecessary projects. I wonder how much money will be spent on the new marketing plan

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8TheLostPatrol(748 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

FYI...have you read your most recent Proprty Tax breakdown? My property taxes surged since last year!

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9gdog4766(1261 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

If you look back what you paid in property taxes under the last library director you would be shocked. He was able to get levy after levy passed until he quadrupled what you pay to the library. And he did it all without anyone noticing. Check it out and you'll find out I'm telling the truth. That guy wasted money like it was someone else's. Oh wait it was.

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10Bigben(1996 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

" changes in community engagement, natural resources, recreation and education, infrastructure, staff and stewardship." "natural resources"- - I wonder what that means.

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