The Metro Parks review is out and it’s time to dig in.
First, here are the review committee members:
- Larry Cashen — Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs
- Jim Beckett — CBDO, Frost Brown Todd
- Tanisha Hackett — Internal Auditor, University of Louisville
- Barbara Kalkhof — Internal Auditor (ret.), Louisville Metro Government
- Ingram Quick — Internal Auditor, Louisville Metro Government
- Jim Wood — CEO, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Parks is underfunded. Apparently, the city only spends $34 per resident. $56 per is the average of the 100 most populous cities.
- The report recommends hiring a development director to increase revenue and to spend more money marketing the parks
Some highlighted excerpts:
- There appears to be some tension, jealousy, and misunderstanding between the various divisions of Parks and, more importantly, between some managers within a division. We did not attempt to investigate or determine the root cause. We do suggest that Parks take advantage of the Team Building Program by the training division of Metro Government. All managers should be required to attend.
- Certain parks are deemed not safe for children and young adults to visit alone or even in small groups. We understand this is more of a neighborhood problem than necessarily a parks safety issue.
On labor relations:
We interviewed the Metro Parks Union Representative (MPUR), who works in Parks’ maintenance division. He has been a full-time employee (or, “FTE”) for nine years. He started as a summer intern or seasonal employee. He has served on the Union Executive Board for several years and has been a Union Steward for 18 months.
The MPUR describes relations between union employees and Parks as very good. Parks’ Administration advised us that they meet monthly with a labor relations representative. We think Parks should continue this policy.
The only real thing the report suggested that’s worth anything is that there’s a complete lack of communication throughout Parks. The rest is just… a waste of 59 pages.
Not a mention of the Heitz scandal, obviously.
Feel free to click here (Warning: PDF Link) to download and review the report for yourself.