City of Jacksonville


Parks Task Force Committee

Minutes of April 18, 2005 Meeting

I. Date, Time, Place, Attendees

A. Date, Time, Place of Meeting

Date of Meeting: April 18, 2005

Place: Balis Community Center

Time: 2- 3 p.m.

B. Attendees

Rufus Pennington
Coen Purvis
T.R. Hainline
Ann Baker
Barbara Goodman
Susie Wiles
Bob Baughman
Lisa Rowe
Kelley Boree
Derek Rowan
Bob Joseph
Richard Skinner
Alex Graham
Elizabeth Kohler
Mark Middlebrook
Denise Ostertag

II. The Meeting

The group met at the Ballis Community Center to discuss the reactions to the Parks Task Force's Report. Rufus Pennington welcomed the group and thanked everyone for the hard work they had been doing researching Jacksonville's park system and successful park systems across the state and nation. Mr. Pennington also announced to the group that Kelley Boree would be taking over as administrator of the Preservation Project Jacksonville for Elizabeth Kohler.

Susie Wiles reported to the group that the Mayor's Office feels a month by month timetable is the best way to implement the recommendations of the report, with the Governance recommendations to be in place first, followed by the search for additional DPRE. Mrs. Wiles also urged the Task Force members to be active in supporting the recommendations in RCD meetings with council members. Mrs. Wiles conveyed that the recommendations will have the full support of the Mayor, who will make it a focus of policy speeches. The recommendations dovetail into Mayor Peyton's initiative to reel in growth management issues. The COJ budget should be out at the end of June or early July. Rufus Pennington seconded Mrs. Wiles call for support at RCD meetings, noting that council members will be looking closely at the option for funding the Parks Task Force's recommendations.

The Parks Task Force also voted on amending their recommendations to include the Jacksonville Greenway Plan. The vote was motioned by Mr. Hainline and seconded by Mr. Purvis with all in favor and none opposed.

The members discussed the future of the Task Force. All members agreed that they had completed the job asked of them and would remain active in supporting the recommendations, with the group disbanding at the end of the RCD meetings. It was agreed that the current meeting would be the last for the Task Force.

Minutes Prepared by Kelley Boree