Brentwood Public Works: One More Rec Center Survey on the Way
Alderman Tom Kramer said the questions would be more detailed this time.
In the process to determine the future of the 37-year-old Brentwood Recreation Complex, the next step will be a survey to go out to residents.
The Brentwood Public Works Committee is currently interviewing companies in a search to find one to help them design and conduct that survey.
The committee interviewed two companies on Nov. 7, and a third will be scheduled in Dec.
City administrator Bola Akande said the service is expected to cost between $10,500 - $11,800.
Alderman Tom Kramer isn’t on the Public Works Committee, but was at the meeting last week.
He said the committee wants to know if residents would like to see a rebuilt recreation center, do they want to keep the ice skating rink, are they willing to support it with a bond issue, and how much are they willing to support it with?
He said recreation center talk has been going on for six years, which has spanned the recession.
“It’s possible many people’s opinions have changed about their lifestyle, what they currently see our rec center as able to provide, what they like and don’t like about it,” he said.
He said the committee is considering more detailed questions than in past surveys, specifically questions about cost.
“If it cost X would you be willing to support it?” Kramer said. “If it was going to cost Y would you be willing to support it?”
He said it’s approximately a 3-month process from start to finish, and that the committee will be meeting in the next few weeks to design the questions. The chosen firm will have input as well.
“It’s all about accuracy and making sure it’s as independent and filled with the best amount of response we can get.”