Another month, another failed effort by Ward 4 Selectman Keith McBrayer to open the city parks.
Following Tuesday evening’s board of selectmen meeting, Ward 4’s Keith McBrayer approached Parks and Recreation Director Jarrod McDaniel as others filed out of the boardroom.
“Well, I tried,” he told McDaniel, flatly. “I’ll try again next month.”
A variety of renovations and additions to local parks in the next few years are under consideration, including a skate park, a wheelchair-accessible playground, a new Moncrief Park pool house and the movement of Starkville’s community garden from one park to another.
The city will implement a new 1-percent addition to its tourism taxes after voters overwhelmingly approved it in Thursday’s special election.
Nearly 74 percent of voters favored the tax, which passed with 1,689 votes for and 600 votes against.
Mario Tate isn’t sure how he’s voting Thursday in Starkville’s special election.
The city is holding a referendum on a 1-percent increase to its restaurant and hotel/motel sales taxes to fund park improvements, including a new tournament-ready facility at Cornerstone Park.
The city of Starkville will look to add another sports coordinator position to its parks department as it seeks greater involvement with organizing baseball.
Starkville’s parks and recreation department is looking at a range of improvements across its facilities, should aldermen approve a proposed budget with a significant increase in parks spending.
The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to provide $200,000 to the city of Columbus for use on its parks and recreation for Fiscal Year 2018-19 with no strings attached.
A second former Starkville Parks and Recreation employee has been indicted for an embezzlement scheme that saw five arrested through December and January.
County officials are denying claims they want to keep the Columbus Recreation Authority leagues from using the Lowndes County Soccer Complex downtown.