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Old 12-01-2008, 07:05 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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Looks like on the 14th of December, Otter Creek will be closing it's gates permanently.

LouisvilleKy.gov - Otter Creek - Frequently Asked Questions about the closure[/SIZE]

>Mayor Announces $3.4 Million in Service Cuts To Help Offset Budget
>Shortfall Monday December 1, 2008 Libraries, parks, paving,
>Neighborhoods and Brightside impacted Mayor Jerry Abramson today
>announced additional spending reductions that include closing libraries
>and community centers one day a week and eliminating all street paving
>through June 30, 2009, to help close a $20 million budget hole.
>The reductions across city government departments will save an
>additional $3.4 million for the remaining seven months of the fiscal
>year. Most of the cuts are effective Dec. 14 to maximize the cost
>savings.
>"I know these cuts are painful - and I am pained to make them," Abramson
>said. "We are in very difficult economic times that require difficult
>decisions."
>The cuts, and their savings, are:
>Eliminating street and road paving, $1.43 million Closing libraries on
>Sundays, $165,0000 Closing community centers one day a week, on Mondays,
>$105,000 Closing at the Mary T. Meagher pool one day a week, on Sundays,
>$27,000 Closing Otter Creek Park in nearby Meade County, $180,000
>Reducing grants to arts group by 50 percent, $511,000 Reducing funding
>to Waterfront Park and the Belle of Louisville, $92,000 Reducing grants
>to economic development agencies, including Greater Louisville Inc.,
>Greater Louisville Sports Commission and area business groups, $270,000.
>
>Eliminating funding for the Starfish swimming program, $90,000
>(Jefferson County Public Schools leadership plans to recommend ending
>Starfish due to budget constraints.) Abramson also announced more than
>$527,000 in spending cuts in programs in the Neighborhoods Department,
>more than 11 percent of the agency's budget. Services impacted by the
>cuts will include Brightside, the city beautification program; Studio
>2000, a youth arts program; and the city's annual New Year's Eve
>celebration.
>Today's reductions follow other spending restrictions announced two
>weeks ago to manage a $20 million revenue shortfall, the result of a
>global economic downturn that's now hitting Louisville. The measures
>include furloughing non-essential employees for three days; restricting
>hiring, travel and discretionary spending; and a 10-percent pay cut for
>the Mayor and his department directors.
>Abramson is continuing to talk with union leaders about personnel
>savings options, including rolling back the 2-percent annual raises for
>employees effective Jan. 1, 2009. The raise rollback option for all city
>employees, both union and non-union, would save about $2.6 million over
>six months. That's equivalent to the salaries and benefits of about 100
>employees for six months.
>More reductions will have to be made to meet the budget shortfall,
>Abramson said, but he will not cut funding to social services agencies,
>such as community ministry groups, that are helping more people in need
>during tough economic times.
>"Every agency in every area of city government will be affected,"
>Abramson said. "Working together, we can manage through this tough
>time."
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I am so upset I am actually crying. I have been going to that place my whole life and my family has been going there for generations. I can't wait to move out of this god-forsaken city
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:38 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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Default ideas for saving the park?

There are some ideas that the city could do since the mayor wants to remove this park from the city books. Remember that Otter Creek wasn't always a city park and bought it when the park was close to being sold - early '90's?

1) Give the park to the state to become a state park. This would be the closest state park to Louisville - increasing revenue for the state by small fees.

2) Give the park to a private trust (like Bernheim) and the trust could charge a small fee to maintain the park and pay for the workers. If a trust were to get the property at no-cost, the fees could maintain the park. No private trust could afford to buy the park outright.
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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There are some ideas that the city could do since the mayor wants to remove this park from the city books. Remember that Otter Creek wasn't always a city park and bought it when the park was close to being sold - early '90's?

1) Give the park to the state to become a state park. This would be the closest state park to Louisville - increasing revenue for the state by small fees.

2) Give the park to a private trust (like Bernheim) and the trust could charge a small fee to maintain the park and pay for the workers. If a trust were to get the property at no-cost, the fees could maintain the park. No private trust could afford to buy the park outright.
I have always thought it should be a state park. A city park that far out makes no sense. How about doing like Bernheim and charging a small fee on the weekends when the park is most frequently used?
As usual, ol' Jerry is doing something that doesn't effect him at all. What about the people in Meade/Hardin counties who liked to use it too?
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Old 12-01-2008, 08:55 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Why wasn't there a single article in the Communist Journal about this? Nice to know the hometown newspaper is looking out for the people
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Old 12-01-2008, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY Metro area
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Looks like on the 14th of December, Otter Creek will be closing it's gates permanently.

LouisvilleKy.gov - Otter Creek - Frequently Asked Questions about the closure[/SIZE]

>Mayor Announces $3.4 Million in Service Cuts To Help Offset Budget
>Shortfall Monday December 1, 2008 Libraries, parks, paving,
>Neighborhoods and Brightside impacted Mayor Jerry Abramson today
>announced additional spending reductions that include closing libraries
>and community centers one day a week and eliminating all street paving
>through June 30, 2009, to help close a $20 million budget hole.
>The reductions across city government departments will save an
>additional $3.4 million for the remaining seven months of the fiscal
>year. Most of the cuts are effective Dec. 14 to maximize the cost
>savings.
>"I know these cuts are painful - and I am pained to make them," Abramson
>said. "We are in very difficult economic times that require difficult
>decisions."
>The cuts, and their savings, are:
>Eliminating street and road paving, $1.43 million Closing libraries on
>Sundays, $165,0000 Closing community centers one day a week, on Mondays,
>$105,000 Closing at the Mary T. Meagher pool one day a week, on Sundays,
>$27,000 Closing Otter Creek Park in nearby Meade County, $180,000
>Reducing grants to arts group by 50 percent, $511,000 Reducing funding
>to Waterfront Park and the Belle of Louisville, $92,000 Reducing grants
>to economic development agencies, including Greater Louisville Inc.,
>Greater Louisville Sports Commission and area business groups, $270,000.
>
>Eliminating funding for the Starfish swimming program, $90,000
>(Jefferson County Public Schools leadership plans to recommend ending
>Starfish due to budget constraints.) Abramson also announced more than
>$527,000 in spending cuts in programs in the Neighborhoods Department,
>more than 11 percent of the agency's budget. Services impacted by the
>cuts will include Brightside, the city beautification program; Studio
>2000, a youth arts program; and the city's annual New Year's Eve
>celebration.
>Today's reductions follow other spending restrictions announced two
>weeks ago to manage a $20 million revenue shortfall, the result of a
>global economic downturn that's now hitting Louisville. The measures
>include furloughing non-essential employees for three days; restricting
>hiring, travel and discretionary spending; and a 10-percent pay cut for
>the Mayor and his department directors.
>Abramson is continuing to talk with union leaders about personnel
>savings options, including rolling back the 2-percent annual raises for
>employees effective Jan. 1, 2009. The raise rollback option for all city
>employees, both union and non-union, would save about $2.6 million over
>six months. That's equivalent to the salaries and benefits of about 100
>employees for six months.
>More reductions will have to be made to meet the budget shortfall,
>Abramson said, but he will not cut funding to social services agencies,
>such as community ministry groups, that are helping more people in need
>during tough economic times.
>"Every agency in every area of city government will be affected,"
>Abramson said. "Working together, we can manage through this tough
>time."
Hey, wait a minute. What in that list is something we ever needed? Remembering that each item on this list was costing taxpayers.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:23 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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Tomcox,

I agree on most of the list might be unnecessary but just LAST MONTH the mayor held a press conference touting the expansion of the Jefferson Forest. How can he be that out-of-touch to go from expanding one month and closing parks the next month? Of course the mayor never liked having a beautiful park in Meade county. Nobody votes for him in Meade .
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:25 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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Default Newspaper article

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Originally Posted by censusdata View Post
Why wasn't there a single article in the Communist Journal about this? Nice to know the hometown newspaper is looking out for the people
There was an article buried in the rag some call a newspaper

More cuts loom as Louisville faces budget shortfall | courier-journal | The Courier-Journal

Even has a pic
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Brandenburg
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Missy, I'm pretty upset about it myself...I grew up less than 200 yards from the old Rock Haven church, and the park store...I actually got married in the old church. I grew up swimming at the pool, and riding my bike in the campground. I enjoy, as an adult, riding the mountain bike trails, and just taking in the beauty and serenity of the area...to think that it will all come to an end is...upsetting. My hope is someone will step up and take over the park and make it better than it is now.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:49 PM
 
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The city attempted to give the park to the state a few times. The state didn't want it, either. But I have always enjoyed Otter Creek. I live in Southwest Louisville, so it's not a long drive for me.

The main thing that really burns me up about this is...closing this park is supposed to save $180,000 this fiscal year. Abramson could have laid off two (2) of his spokespersons and saved more than that. How about them apples?

The Valley Report - A Voice for Southwest Louisville: Mayor Abramson to Announce Service Cuts @ 10:30am- Louisville, Kentucky
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