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Taxpayers save money - theleafchronicle.com
After Clarksville Mayor Don Trotter asked city departments to find ways to cut their budgets, Joe Huber began formulating a new strategy for Christmas on the Cumberland
...Huber, who is the department's special events director for the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department, worked with Director Starlene Shackelford and found ways to save taxpayer money and yet still present a wonderful display this past year.
For 2002, the city spent nearly $88,000 on Christmas on the Cumberland.This past year, the cost was slashed just under $20,000. Huber
was able to accomplish this eye-popping savings by studying attendance records from past years and ending the event on Dec. 27, which was five days earlier than before.She
also closed the event at 10:30 p.m. on weekends rather than extending it past midnight.
Waukegan Park District | Fine Arts Bios
Josephine Huber - Voice
Mrs. Huber has been a voice instructor since 1981 and has taught in various places including Jack Benny Center for the Arts, the Zion Conservatory of Music, Zion-Benton Township High School, and in her own home.
She has also taught pre-school music classes including Kindermusik and beginner piano, as well as serving as choir director in several area churches in Waukegan and Libertyville.
She enjoys coaching high school and college students for vocal competitions and scholarships.
The wheelchair division for Wheel Me On... started in 2002 with Jo Huber, Clarksville's Superintendent of Cultural Arts & Special Events and Tonya Steele, Clarksville Parks and Recreation.
Julia Hollenbeck, President of Wheel Me On... and Huber met and discussed possibilities to work out a plan to make the event more accessible and friendly for any individual who used a mobility device for daily living.
has the Wheelchair Division race start time set to avoid any conflict with runners or the 1-mile fun run.
The group meets at a designated area at least an hour before the 5-K Race and starts early registration as soon as Huber
gives the "Go"
Throngs of people gathered in back and alongside of the wheelchairs, as Jo Huber, Race Director of the Annual Race, announced remaining minutes before the start gun would fire to begin the wheelchair race and 1-mile walk presented by the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department.
With a 10-second countdown from Race Director Jo Huber, the start gun was fired and Hollenbeck leaped out yelling a command at Fox, the Shiba Inu canine and Wheel Me On Mascot, while Auld jammed her toggle full forward, and AJ Weston gave the manual wheels the first spin.
Within split seconds, walkers turned into runners, despite the warning from Jo Huber
before the shot of the gun, "This is a 1-mile walk; not a run!
City saved $68K on lights display - theleafchronicle.com
Jo Huber, the department's special events director, used contracted labor, bought fewer supplies and cut out five days and 13 operating hours from the 2003 event. "We devised a better plan to put this event together," Huber said, adding she spent three weeks working with Parks and Recreation Director Starlene Shackelford on the plan.
"It is a much smarter way to spend taxpayer dollars." Huber began thinking of cost-saving strategies after Clarksville Mayor Don Trotter asked department heads to reduce spending in this year's budget.
After studying attendance records from previous years, Huber
decided to end the event on Dec. 27, five days sooner than the previous year.She
also closed the event at 10:30 a.m. on weekends.In years past, it continued until midnight.
said the bulk of savings came with using contracted labor to decorate the park this year.In 2002, the city spent $60,641 for city workers to put up decorations.
"We wanted to see if we could do it cheaper by bidding it out, and that is what we did," she
The low bid of $13,000 came from Labor Ready
, a provider of temporary manual labor.Clarksville Street Department
shared the labor cost with Parks and Recreation, she
said in the past, city workers began decorating the RiverWalk at McGregor Park during the third week of September.But Labor Ready
's workers set to work on Oct. 28.
The company completed the job for $11,954 and one week ahead of schedule, she
The city also cut down on the number of city employees recruited to work the event, saving $3,652 from 2002 costs. Huber
said city electricians had worked the event every night during previous events, and city facility managers provided supervision on most nights.Those city employees are usually paid more because they hold supervisory positions.
"We did not have any key personnel working on the event this year," Huber
said only one facilities manager from Parks and Recreation supervised the 2003 event.
The department also cut down decorations and supplies this year, saving $16,051. Huber
said the event usually features 300 trees with Christmas lights, a labor intensive and expensive effort.
"I cut that number in half," she
said, adding the department provided lighting for 125 trees.
"We just did things much smarter this year," she
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...If you are interested or know of anyone interested in becoming a volunteer in some of our programs, contact me, Jo Huber, at the Parks and Recreation Department.
For more information on these activities and other programs ongoing, call the Clarksville Parks and Recreation office at 645-7476 or go online and visit the city Web site at www.cityofclarksville.com/parksandrec.Jo Huber, cultural arts and special events supervisor for the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department, can be reached at 645-7476, at firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to www.cityofclarksville.com/parksandrec.
...Jo Huber, the cultural arts and special events supervisor for the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department, can be reached at (931) 645-7476.