No records to document proposed budget increase for Bayview Center

The city has no emails between Mayor Ashton Hayward, Parks & Recreation Director Brian Cooper, City Administrator Eric Olson and CFO Dick Barker discussing how the LOST Series IV budget for the Bayview Community Center needed to be increased to $8.25 million in early 2017. However, Barker did give a council a proposed new budget at its January 2017 workshop.

Barker told the council at the time, “Based on the conversations with the architect as I understand, ($8.25 million) includes the building, the amenities there, the programs and those type of things needed to operate, but this is all preliminary.

What were those discussions with the architect and others that changed the scope of the project by $2.2 million? Inweekly requested all emails of Mayor Hayward, Eric Olson, Dick Barker, Yvette McLellan and Brian Cooper that mention the community center to be built at Bayview Park, for the period of Oct. 26, 2016 (when Caldwell Associates selected as architect) through Jan. 23, 2017 (workshop).

The sparse records given Inweekly make it appear Barker made the change without any written documentation. Someone told him to do it, and the taxpayers have no written explanation for the change.

The emails do show that Cooper wasn’t aware the project had changed when he gave the mayor’s office a timetable for the new Bayview Community Center on Oct. 31:

November, 2016: Contract negotiations with architect; draft Council memo
December, 2016: Council action on architect [Actual vote in January]
January, 2017 – June, 2017: Architect design phase including community, constituent, stakeholder meetings [public meeting – May 2017; new budget approved Sept 2017]
June, 2017: Bid document [March 2018]
July, 2017 – July, 2018: Construction [????]
August, 2018: Grand Opening [????]

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  1. When the City Council discusses Parks & Recreation Department projects, the city’s Parks & Recreation Department Director Brian Cooper should be the person speaking to the City Council. Instead, what usually happens is that Financial Services Division Administrator Dick Barker whose position is at a lower status level than a Department Director keeps injecting himself into discussion about matters that do not affect him. If any of the current five mayoral candidates, anticipating that it is probably going to be six tomorrow and perhaps more by next week, says that they intend to keep City Administrator Eric Olson, Cooper or Barker, find another candidate, vote for someone else.

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