CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: November 14, 2000
Subject/Title: Village Drive Resource Center
Submitted by: Jon Elam, City Manager
Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager
Approve the addition of the position of Village Drive Program Coordinator to
the City’s personnel 2000/01 budget, effective December 1, 2000. Funds to come
from the City’s contingency fund.
The Village Drive Resource Center has been strongly supported by the City since
1995. Using funding from grants and the General Fund the Center has been physically
maintained and operated by the City in partnership with Delta 2000. That partnership
has now drawn to a conclusion with funding running out and the need for the
City to expand its support services to the Village Drive community.
This action would bring the Center Director, Olivia Ruiz, into the Park and
Recreation Department, similar to what occurred at Delta Community Services.
That position was classified as a Recreation Program Specialist.
The City has made a exceptional investment in the young people of the community
with facilities at Bristow School, Edna Hill and the Liberty Gym. This will
provide a full range of recreational, cultural, and community programming opportunities.
There is still a need for support of programs like C.L.A.R.O., Village Drive,
and the One Day at a Time, which is a gang diversion program.
This action will be a strong commitment on the part of the City to provide
fiscal stability to these community programs, but also resources that can serve
to match a range of outside grants. One of the first opportunities is coordination
that can come out of this and a partnership with the schools to support tutorial
efforts. Staff has met on this and they are working to help build a new integrated
community partnership for Village Drive.
This request is brought by Chief Shaw, myself and a delegation of local residents
who serve as advisory members to the program.