City of Roseville, CA – Parks, Recreation & Libraries Director Dion Louthan

City of Roseville, CA – Parks, Recreation & Libraries Director Dion Louthan


We’re still here to create experiences
or memories for folks. I think when we all look back on our childhood some of
those memories that you’ll recall will be from an experience you had at a
facility at a park at a library. I know I recall my own childhood and I remember
going to the park and my mom pushing me on the swings, I’ll never forget that and
I think that’s the type of things you want to do, so that’s still ingrained
today but if you look how the industry has shifted, it’s really taken a focus on
what I’ll call three core areas and that would be health and wellness, social
equity and then environmental stewardship. And when you talk about
those three components, what the role that Parks Recreation plays and
libraries as well is a more formal role and you look at the way that we address
childhood obesity and the health and wellness we play a role in trying to
improve things like that. You look at environmental issues and the way we
design parks the way we build our preserves to make sure that they are
ecologically sustainable and the way that we manage those things again a big
piece there. And then lastly social acuity, which is just simply access to
your facilities. You can go in and read a book, you can go set in a park, you can go enjoy a fine trail that we have throughout the system. It’s just a big
part of that is access for everyone We have parks ranging from large
regional parks to smaller pocket parks and everything in between. We have
recreation facilities, we offer a variety of programs and events as part of those.
We have our three libraries and the different literacy options and
opportunities that they provide as well as our Maidu Museum and historic sites. Well, our overall budget is 45 million dollars, however 2/3 of that is made up
of restricted funds. Now what do I mean by restricted funds, they have a
specified use. Examples of that would be our golf course and adventure club for
instance, all the dollars that are generated from those have to go back to
pay for that service, they operate like a small business That portion of our budget is roughly fifteen point five million dollars so those are the ones that are discretionary that we are able to
prioritize highest and best use and leverage those dollars in the most
efficient way. Well some examples would be our recreation programs that we offer
we offer a variety those that are housed out of our facilities throughout town
such as the Roseville aquatics complex, the swimming lessons programs that we
offer we have our parks that we provide fantastic opportunities for people to go
out and utilize. All the maintenance dollars for those come from our
discretionary general fund dollars. Talk about our libraries. So the different
libraries that we operate, those dollars are coming from that pool of money as
well to allow us to buy books to provide the programming that we do to provide
the technology that’s in there. So really it’s encompasses all three of those
phases if you will, libraries, parks recreation facilities events programs. A lot of the stuff that we do there is
frequency driven or frequency based. How often will we mow the grass? Wow often will
we pick up the trash? How often when we apply fertilizer? So when we talk about
what we might be able to do for a service level reduction, we would look at the
frequency with which we applied certain tasks, again quite simply as we reduce
the task the maintenance level goes down the cost goes down, the flipside to that
is the quality also of the plant goes down, the look of the park may have a
different feel to it. So we’re trying to find that balance there, so when we
look at these service level reductions those would be types of things we have
to consider. Our playgrounds require maintenance and upkeep and at times
replacement. If we had a reduction in that area we might look at the frequency
with which we’ve replaced for instance a slide if a slide failed and needed to be
replaced or repaired, if we reduce the dollars right from that particular item
we may remove the slide or we may board the slide up until we could get it
repaired. In our libraries we operate three libraries, we also have the Maidu
museum and Historic Site, and as part of that, during our current budget year, we
for instance closed on Fridays. We basically reduced our hours. That’s
allowed us to close some of the budget gaps during our current year. As we move
forward that would be things that we could look at again. Do we reduce hours? Do we reduce some of the programs that we offer. Do we look at our technology and
not replace it as quickly? Do we remove some of the technology? Different things
like that we could– would be areas we could consider for service level
reductions and how we provide the services.

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