Officials expected to pursue recreation study

Fayetteville Board of Mayor and Aldermen is expected to take action this week that would ultimately see its 2008 recreation study updated with a more thorough look at the need and related costs of a new recreation center.

Noting that the request had come forward from the city’s parks and recreation committee, Mayor Michael Whisenant said last week that board members had discussed a request for proposals in the prior week’s finance committee. The 2008 study can be updated for less than $10,000, officials said, adding that for $12,500, a more thorough feasibility study could be conducted.

“We’d like to expand the scope of that study to get operational costs so that the board can be better informed,” said City Administrator Scott Collins in Thursday’s City Board work session, noting the higher price would include a footprint of a building, projected construction costs, and anticipated operating costs.

In addition, the proposed study would assess future needs in recreation here, as well, said Chris Mitchell, director of parks and recreation.

The mayor moved the proposal forward to the board’s agenda for its regular meeting to be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday of this week.

In other recreation-related business, the board also moved forward to its agenda a proposal that the city take on concession stand operations and management during ballgames. Mitchell explained that previously, an individual has been responsible for products and staffing, while the city was responsible for utilities and equipment. However, the individual has given up that role, and the city has had difficulty finding another person to take it on.

Costs would include staffing and stocking the stands during games, as well as a point of sale system and cash registers for each of the stands, which include two at Don Davidson Lions Club Complex, two at KidsPark and one at the municipal pool. Altogether, nine individuals would be hired.



A 10-year payment in lieu of tax (PILOT) agreement is expected to be on the agenda for Project Green Eagle, the name given to an industrial prospect looking at locating in the Nippon Steel building in the Winchester Highway industrial park. Two sites, the one here and another in South Carolina, are being considered by the company. If secured, the prospect would invest $14.3 million here and create 70 jobs.



Askins School traffic

In general discussion during Thursday’s work session, officials were briefed on traffic concerns at Ralph Askins School, where traffic is backing up along Third Avenue. A survey is underway to determine the best way to route traffic to alleviate congestion issues.

What’s being considered, according to discussion, is a way to route traffic to a multi-lane holding area behind the fourth-grade building.



Officials also discussed concerns raised by the owner of the Elk Cotton Mill building, where buzzards are causing roof damage. With buzzards being a protected species and the discharge of firearms not being legally permitted in the city, the owner is exploring his options.

The property owner is working with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to explore other options that might be available.


Other agenda items

Officials will also consider the extension of a contract with Richardson Waste Solutions for interim management and operations of the Recycling Center on a monthly basis at a cost of $6,000 per month, which would be equally shared by the city and county, until the bid process is completed.

Additionally, a proposal to purchase property at 406 Hedgemont Ave. for $5,000 will be considered this week. The value of the land is $8,000, officials noted. The house on the property was badly damaged in a recent fire.

Randy Delap, who heads the Camp Blount Association, is expected to bring the board up to date on plans for the Camp Blount Historic Site.

And Fayetteville High School art students are expected to be recognized for their work painting the “Welcome to Fayetteville” signs at each of the city’s major gateways.

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