Budget hearings aim for park improvements, maintain costs

By Michelle Costanza

Budget hearings aim for park improvements, maintain costs

September 23, 2013 Updated Sep 24, 2013 at 7:45 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With budget hearings underway, city departments are looking to make repairs and improvements in 2014.

A City Council Finance Committee meeting was held Monday evening to examine budget proposals of the Parks and Recreation, Engineering and Public Works departments.

Representatives from the parks department are looking for a boost in community involvement by improving several facilities throughout the city.

"Upon review of all of the facilities in the parks system, the bathhouse at Cheri Lindsey Park is probably is in need of the most repair," said Bill Barber, director of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Other projects discussed included making repairs to the Ross Park carousel, and adding a seasonal park ranger to keep grounds safer for the community.

Council members said they hope to make Binghamton's parks a better place, but still keep taxpayers' concerns in mind.

The Department of Public Works is also hoping to secure finances for 2014 repairs.

Some of the items on their docket included replacing City Hall's cooling tower and remodeling council chambers.

"I would like to see more money spent on eliminating problems and the needs for expenditures by spending more money on good design and code enforcement," said Luke Day, DPW Commissioner.

Day said he hopes to maintain costs over last year while still moving forward with the budget.

The final budget will be adopted by City Council later this fall.