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OK, let's call into session today's Finance Committee. 00:00:00
Gentlemen, you will take a look at the minutes from last week, make sure they accurately. 00:00:04
Reflect what took place. If there's a motion to adopt, will entertain that. 00:00:09
Motion second, all in favor, say aye, aye minutes are adopted. Item number one, under new business approval of disbursement from 00:00:14
District 4 improvement funds. Chairperson Busby. That's me. So that is a I'm I'm asking for $700. 00:00:23
To help a group of. 00:00:32
University of Alabama student. 00:00:34
Who are marching from Tuscaloosa? 00:00:38
With the game ball to open the Alabama Auburn Iron Bowl. 00:00:42
Tuscaloosa Police Department is charging them $700.00 to get from the stadium to Academy Sports, so I've offered to use district 00:00:49
funds to pay for that. 00:00:55
All in favor, say aye. Aye. OK, disbursement is approved. 00:01:03
Item number two, responses to RFP regarding fire station. Number six, financing the standard. You're up please. Good afternoon, 00:01:10
Council. Good afternoon. 00:01:14
The item number two is a request. 00:01:20
Award the RFP that was we issued an RFP for Fire Station 6 financing. If you will recall, fire Station 6 will be built in the 00:01:26
upcoming calendar year. The total cost for the fire station is $6 million. It was proposed for $6 million through the RFFI 00:01:33
capital. 00:01:40
Proposal that the Mayor made in mark and sorry in May of this bomb year and two million was awarded, we would do another 4 million 00:01:48
in financing. And so we released our F PS in October for financing options through local banks according to the committee's 00:01:57
request for structure of A2 year line of credit draw period and a three-year term loan ensuing after completion of construction. 00:02:05
What's the RFPs proposals have been received the. 00:02:15
Finance team graded them and we're here to propose a solution to give Regions Bank that award based off of their proposal that 00:02:19
they submitted to us. 00:02:25
The total interest rate is 4.79%. The total interest that we are projecting to pay over the life of the loan is about $640,000. 00:02:32
Year one interest will be about 150,000 of that. 00:02:39
The interest rate of 4.79 was the best that was received within the structure that was. 00:02:47
Proposed in the RFP, so A2 year draw was 479 on the outstanding balance expectation 2 years. 00:02:53
To complete the. 00:03:03
Correct. And then there's converts to a three-year. 00:03:05
I would assume that our option correct. OK. 00:03:09
Gentlemen, any questions? 00:03:12
So. 00:03:14
Please compliment your people, I think. 00:03:16
That's a nice package. 00:03:19
All in favor, say aye. Aye. OK, item is approved. 00:03:21
General Fund Budget Revision #2 Miss Standard Yes Sir, This budget revision is requesting. 00:03:30
Amendment to the both the revenue section and the expenditure section of the general fund. We have received an ATM recycling grant 00:03:39
in the amount of $380,000 and we are requesting to approve budget to receive that grant revenue and then to also increase the 00:03:46
funding available to the ESD department for expenditure of that grant. OK who? 00:03:53
Chris, that's your folks. Get that. 00:04:02
Umm. 00:04:05
Congrats you. You can sit down and take the congratulations. Nice job, I think. Well, so I realize it probably started before you 00:04:06
took over, but it didn't been bad. We would have blamed you for it. So you are. 00:04:12
Entitled to the credit card. Do you wanna do you wanna discuss what the grant we used for? Oh yeah, I can. That's just one thing. 00:04:20
It might be a good piece of information to have. So it's a partnership with W Alabama Recycling. We get City of Tuscaloosa will be 00:04:26
getting a recycling. 00:04:32
Dump trailer and about 12 recycling drop off containers. Wow. 00:04:39
It. 00:04:46
Still any questions? 00:04:47
Is there a motion all in favor, say aye, aye, OK, revision is approved. 00:04:50
Item number four Approval of Water and sewer RFFI Budget revision. 00:04:56
Number. 00:05:01
Yes, Sir. This budget revision is to receive funding that was received via the transfer of infrastructure between Westerville and 00:05:02
the City of Tuscaloosa for the sewer infrastructure, if you will recall, maybe a couple of months ago, we did. 00:05:10
An acquisition of infrastructure of sewer infrastructure from Westerville. Along with that acquisition of infrastructure came a 00:05:20
payout of 162,500 that was supposed to be used specifically for set aside to improve the infrastructure in the area. 00:05:28
And So what the budget revision is requesting to do is receipt that revenue funding and also set it aside to a specific project. 00:05:36
That currently is going to be titled the North River Yacht Club Low Pressure Maintenance System project therefore completing what 00:05:44
the scope of the contract for receiving of the infrastructure required and is that all four 4 million of what's shown there and 00:05:49
amended budget. 00:05:54
Hmm. 00:06:02
So the the 1st 162 five, the 162 five is just the amendment amount, the full, the full $4 million that you see in that line of the 00:06:03
amended final budget that cost reimbursed line item is. 00:06:10
It's a revenue line that encompasses much more than just this one item. So that $4 million is made-up of a number of different 00:06:19
things. 00:06:22
Mr. Crow this year Neck of the Woods. Any questions or comments? 00:06:27
I think it's good that we received an asset we're also getting some money for. 00:06:31
That to answer this question, is there a motion? 00:06:37
All in favor, say aye. Aye. OK, item is approved. 00:06:41
Item number 5, Improvement of Elevate Budget Revision #3, Miss Standards. This is also you Elevate Budget revision #3 is to amend 00:06:49
the Elevate Fund budget for grant received from the FAA for the runway 422 extension. If you'll recall, Jeff Powell has previously 00:06:57
briefed the Council on this grant and then the ensuing project for the runway. The one piece that we have been awarded for scope 00:07:05
by the FAA is for the planning portion. 00:07:13
And so currently grant revenues that we would be receding are going to be 289,000 in federal dollars. 00:07:21
Another 16,000 in state and then the match amount that's another 5% of the total project is has already been budgeted for and 00:07:28
Elevate. So that's already done. We're just receiving the grant funding and then increasing the budget for the federal dollars in 00:07:33
kind. 00:07:38
289 for the grant, 16 from the state, 16 from us Correct. Gentlemen, any questions, comments, all in favor say aye aye item is 00:07:45
approved. 00:07:50
Item number six, Schoolyard Routes Agency Funding discussion. Mr. Tyner, you requested it. Would you like to intro briefly? Yes, 00:07:59
Sir. Thank you. 00:08:05
Following protocol. 00:08:12
To counselor Busby as chair finance to tell them the situation with schoolyard routes. After speaking with Nicole. They were not 00:08:14
funded at all and I wasn't aware of it. And other council members I talked to weren't either. 00:08:21
I asked what to be put for a discussion on today's Finance Committee and since then I've spoken to other counselors about it and. 00:08:31
Here we. 00:08:40
OK, welcome. You know, give us your name and position. 00:08:42
So my name is Nicole Duca, I'm the executive director of Square Roots, and I just have. 00:08:46
5 minutes of information to share with you all. I want to thank you Council President Tyler, for having us in and thank you all 00:08:52
for for having me here today. 00:08:56
Do I have a clicker? 00:09:01
So I'm here today because we have been partnering with the city to do our programming for over a decade now. What we do is we 00:09:06
bring learning to life through hands on teaching gardens in 12 elementary schools across Tuscaloosa. Eight of those are located 00:09:11
within the city of Tuscaloosa. 00:09:16
What we do is we provide a semester of garden programming for students every single year that they are in elementary school. We 00:09:23
teach a standards based curriculum, so we integrate science, math, reading, language arts all into the lessons that we do in the 00:09:32
garden. And we also integrate real world skills like entrepreneurship and social emotional skills like cooperation. 00:09:40
Self-awareness, responsibility. All of this happens in our garden classes at schools. 00:09:48
This is a little bit about the city partner schools that we partner with. We are with schools in nearly every district of the 00:09:55
city, and we actually serve students from the entire city through our partnership with the magnet school and our partnership with 00:10:01
the STARS Academy and the new Heights Community Resource Center. 00:10:07
Why do we do what we do? It's a good question. So National Research shows that school gardens students who participate in school 00:10:15
gardens show the students are healthier. They are more resilient, more empowered. They show higher science achievement, higher 00:10:24
academic achievement, higher levels of responsibility and maturity, and they show improved relationships with. 00:10:33
The environment and with the natural world. 00:10:42
Here in Tuscaloosa. 00:10:44
Over a decade of programming with our schools has shown outstanding results. 100% of classroom teachers and principals last year 00:10:47
told us that our program made a positive impact on students, including. 00:10:53
The students were more willing to try new foods and make healthier choices. 00:11:00
These all of these photos, by the way, are from our partner schools. These are all students who have participated in our program. 00:11:04
They have also told us that their students connect their garden learning to their classroom standards. 00:11:10
They've told us that students in our program are more engaged and actually more excited to participate in school. 00:11:16
They've told us that students who have autism or who are nonverbal actually engage more during garden lessons than they do during 00:11:22
the rest of the school day. 00:11:26
They tell us that students gain a sense of responsibility, of self-control and independence in the garden. 00:11:31
And they tell us that students collaborate and work as a team when they come into the garden. 00:11:36
This is a little bit about the funding history that we have with the city. We have had a funding partnership with the city every 00:11:43
single year since 2014. 00:11:47
We as an organization, fundraise over 50% of our operating budget. We do receive program fees from the schools that we work with, 00:11:55
but over 50% of our budget is fundraised by our very small nonprofit team. We are creative. We are capable fundraisers. We are 00:12:02
always coming up with new ways to bring in revenue. That being said, our partnership with the city feels essential to continuing 00:12:09
the work that we do. And if we don't have that partnership, we just simply can't serve Tuscaloosa students in the same way that we 00:12:16
have been serving them. 00:12:23
I want to end with just an example of why this work is so important. I'm sharing these photos with permission from. 00:12:32
Tesney Davis, who's the mental health director for TC. 00:12:41
These pictures were taken last Friday. 00:12:46
You can see by the looks on these young men's faces that they are happy, they are excited, they feel a lot of pride, and they've 00:12:48
just done their first sweet potato harvest. Does anyone recognize what school they're at? There's one little hint in the photos. 00:12:54
Does anyone recognize? 00:12:59
I do, but I won't say. 00:13:06
Yeah, so these are students who are enrolled at Stars Academy. So these are 3rd through 5th graders who are have committed a Class 00:13:10
3 behavioral offense at their home school and they are now enrolled at Stars Academy in hopes of being able to move back into 00:13:16
their home school. This is the first year that we have ever been able to do this program with students at Stars Academy. And like 00:13:22
I'm getting chills right now because it is already been transformational just in the couple of months that we've been able to be 00:13:28
there. 00:13:33
And I don't want you to take my word for it. I want you to take Tesny Davis's word for it. This is a quote from her, she said. 00:13:40
Schoolyard Roots educates the whole child. We gathered our first harvest yesterday and if these photos could talk, you would hear 00:13:48
the words of our students shouting teamwork. 00:13:52
I can help you did it. 00:13:57
This little garden is teaching our students, academics, entrepreneurship, self-confidence, self management. 00:14:00
Healthy relations. 00:14:07
And countless other skills. 00:14:09
And I think that's pretty amazing, and I hope that you do too. 00:14:11
In conclusion, our program has been able to benefit 10s of thousands of students across the city for over a decade. 00:14:16
And we are grateful for the city's support and and the funding that has allowed us to do that and I just believe that. 00:14:24
Now more than ever, this is such an important time to continue to fund and support this type of work for our students, and I hope 00:14:32
that we can continue that. 00:14:35
Thank you very much. I appreciate you coming in. Can you talk to us a little bit about the budget? What is your total annual 00:14:39
budget? Our annual operating budget this year was $375,000, Next year it's $380,000. So are we calling 24 next year or? 00:14:48
Next year is that 24 or 24, So 380. 00:14:56
These were our 2022 finances which you have in the annual reports that I handed out to you. You can see 45% of that comes from 00:15:03
program service fees from the school system and the other 55% of it we fundraise ourselves. So the the money that you all are 00:15:11
requesting from the city, would that fall in the direct public support is that you put it under grants. 00:15:19
And a program service Fe. 00:15:29
The school system pays that, correct? And we have contracts with the public or with? 00:15:33
City Schools and with the county schools, so our County School contract is separate from everything that happens with the city. 00:15:40
OK. So out of the 380? 00:15:48
Roughly 45% of that comes flows through the school systems as service fees, that's correct. 00:15:51
Um. 00:16:02
Any funding we provide would be in there and there. Give us a couple of examples of other grants. Sure, we receive funding from 00:16:04
the USDA through their Farm to School program. We receive funding from the Alabama Department of Agriculture. 00:16:12
We receive funding from local family foundations like the Maccabee Foundation, like the Reese Pfeiffer Foundation, and everywhere 00:16:21
in between we have national. 00:16:27
Grants from places like Whole Foods that has their Whole Kids program. 00:16:36
We have a Clif Bar has a School Garden Support grant. We we just received for our third year in a row the belonging. 00:16:41
Diversity and Inclusion grant from the Southeastern Grocers, which is the parent company of winn-dixie. They have selected us to 00:16:50
receive this grant now for the third year that it's been running. 00:16:56
And then direct public support. So that's all of the donations that we raise from the public. So that's individual donations from 00:17:04
anyone who might walk by on the street and wants to support us. It's also all the funding that we get from business sponsorships, 00:17:10
from local businesses. We do an annual fundraiser called A Movable Feast. We bring in a we brought in $50,000 this year with that, 00:17:17
and we had 33 local business sponsorships. 00:17:23
OK, let's let's switch over to the right side. 00:17:32
Program support fun. 00:17:36
You spend 2% of that 380 raising funds. 00:17:38
Program support 9%. 00:17:43
Programs support me. It's it's any kind of overhead that just doesn't fall under mission delivery. So any of our hours, any of our 00:17:46
program hours that wouldn't wouldn't go towards mission delivery. 00:17:53
Accounting things like that. 00:18:00
Health insurance. I'm assuming that's employee health insurance. 00:18:04
An admission delivery would encompass. 00:18:08
That wraps up. 00:18:11
Everything that goes towards supporting our mission. So and what would the biggies be? The biggies are we have 3 Garden Educators 00:18:14
and one program director who are all a part of you know, they teach at the 12 schools that, that so that that we operate at. 00:18:22
So are are the teachers your schoolyard roots? 00:18:31
People. Or are they school employee teachers? 00:18:36
None of nobody in our program is an employee of the of the school system. We are A501C3 nonprofit. We operate independently of the 00:18:42
school system, but we. 00:18:47
Operate as a partner of the school system, if that makes sense. 00:18:52
I think it does just like the Boys and Girls Club, just like. 00:18:57
And you know any other agency that does programming with the schools and and but is their own nonprofit. 00:19:03
Pride of Tuscaloosa. 00:19:11
Contribution takes the. 00:19:13
Of service phase. 00:19:17
Correct. It's a. It's a. It's a fee for services. 00:19:18
But the fee for services covers less than 50% of the cost of programming. 00:19:22
OK, gentlemen. 00:19:26
Questions. Comments. 00:19:29
Thank you so much, Nicole for. 00:19:31
I present. 00:19:34
I know that the ask. 00:19:36
To get the 18-6, which I think President Tyler talked about that wouldn't. 00:19:39
That we're looking conting. 00:19:45
I would like us to look through. 00:19:47
To to bump into an. 00:19:50
20,000 from contingency. 00:19:52
For this program and if we could and then let me add, when I talked to her and found out what I did, I called the first person I 00:19:55
called Scarlet. 00:19:58
You ask for money, but where are you going? Where's where's the Orange Park where you're from? 00:20:04
And. 00:20:11
That's when I got the information from. 00:20:13
That. 00:20:16
One source would be contingency funds. 00:20:18
So, yeah, John, I was just going to say where Kathy Wood started programs similar to this. 00:20:21
Several years ago at the juvenile detention center and it was one of the best programs. 00:20:27
That was a partnership with us. Yeah, I thought so. I wasn't sure. I didn't want to give you any credit, but it was really one of 00:20:33
the best programs we ever had out there. 00:20:37
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Mr. Voir. Thank you very much. What will what? 00:20:41
President Tyler and I. 00:20:48
Talked about was would have you come in and present today. Let us then go back amongst ourselves, socialize it, talk with the 00:20:50
people in our district and if there is a if one of the Finance Committee members wants to make a motion. 00:20:56
To vote on, we'll do that at a subsequent meeting. Thank you very much. Thank you. 00:21:04
Item number 7 Miss Howard. 00:21:12
No. 00:21:17
What? 00:21:22
Will you talk a little bit about what we're voting on, Mr. 00:21:23
For item number 7. 00:21:28
Well, I was expecting miss. 00:21:31
To be here to explain that but. 00:21:35
What she requested of me via. 00:21:37
Was that we have. 00:21:42
On whether or not to refer the RJ Development Incentive request over to staff. 00:21:44
For analysis. 00:21:52
Negotiations and recommendations. 00:21:55
If any, back to this committee. 00:21:58
And then we vote on if, if, if it comes back to us with a recommendation, that we then conduct a vote on that. 00:22:02
But first. 00:22:11
Volley over the net into economic development, I would assume, mayor. 00:22:13
Primarily really finance at that point, looking at what the data provided by economic development and the development, but 00:22:20
essentially a staff analysis. 00:22:24
Any negotiations that are a part of that and then recommendations? 00:22:30
Back to this committee and I think 4 weeks would be. 00:22:35
An acceptable amount of time. Anybody. 00:22:41
Mayor, do you think that gives them enough time? 00:22:45
I don't think this is, it's not a very complicated. So what what we will be voting on is. 00:22:49
To refer the RJ Development Incentive Request. 00:22:57
Over to. 00:23:01
For analysis, negotiations and recommendations. 00:23:03
Back to this committee and no more than four weeks. 00:23:07
Chairman is part of that analysis. 00:23:12
Will the analysis include whether this? 00:23:14
Is recommended to us to be considered under invest Tuscaloosa or is that that would be under recommendations, analysis, 00:23:18
negotiation and recommendations? Because my understanding. 00:23:23
Used for underserved areas, so that determination needs to be made. 00:23:32
This recommendation by this committee correct if we agree. 00:23:37
Well, I would think the recommendation back from. 00:23:42
Economic development and finance would. 00:23:45
Include whether or not it fell under Tuscaloosa. 00:23:48
Just off the top of my head. 00:23:52
I think that section of 15th. 00:23:54
Would be a tough sell on Tuscaloosa invest, but that's we'll see what the recommendation comes back as. 00:23:58
Ultimately, it's in your your authority to ultimately decide. 00:24:04
You can reject accept or. 00:24:09
The recommendation that we. 00:24:12
We will give you certainly the the Invest Tuscaloosa analysis too. I can't remember if it qualifies or not. I want to say no, but 00:24:17
that area was also in the tornado zone. 00:24:22
As well. So I can't remember what what we have or don't have in that area. 00:24:28
Off. 00:24:32
Yes. 00:24:34
Sounds good. Is there a motion to proceed with? 00:24:39
All in favor, Say aye, Aye. 00:24:44
Incentive request is referred back to staff for analysis, negotiation, recommendation back to this committee. 00:24:49
And no more than four weeks. 00:24:56
Any other items to be brought for Finance Committee? 00:24:59
If not, is there a motion to adjourn? 00:25:02
All in favor, Say aye. 00:25:06
Finance is. 00:25:08
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OK, let's call into session today's Finance Committee. 00:00:00
Gentlemen, you will take a look at the minutes from last week, make sure they accurately. 00:00:04
Reflect what took place. If there's a motion to adopt, will entertain that. 00:00:09
Motion second, all in favor, say aye, aye minutes are adopted. Item number one, under new business approval of disbursement from 00:00:14
District 4 improvement funds. Chairperson Busby. That's me. So that is a I'm I'm asking for $700. 00:00:23
To help a group of. 00:00:32
University of Alabama student. 00:00:34
Who are marching from Tuscaloosa? 00:00:38
With the game ball to open the Alabama Auburn Iron Bowl. 00:00:42
Tuscaloosa Police Department is charging them $700.00 to get from the stadium to Academy Sports, so I've offered to use district 00:00:49
funds to pay for that. 00:00:55
All in favor, say aye. Aye. OK, disbursement is approved. 00:01:03
Item number two, responses to RFP regarding fire station. Number six, financing the standard. You're up please. Good afternoon, 00:01:10
Council. Good afternoon. 00:01:14
The item number two is a request. 00:01:20
Award the RFP that was we issued an RFP for Fire Station 6 financing. If you will recall, fire Station 6 will be built in the 00:01:26
upcoming calendar year. The total cost for the fire station is $6 million. It was proposed for $6 million through the RFFI 00:01:33
capital. 00:01:40
Proposal that the Mayor made in mark and sorry in May of this bomb year and two million was awarded, we would do another 4 million 00:01:48
in financing. And so we released our F PS in October for financing options through local banks according to the committee's 00:01:57
request for structure of A2 year line of credit draw period and a three-year term loan ensuing after completion of construction. 00:02:05
What's the RFPs proposals have been received the. 00:02:15
Finance team graded them and we're here to propose a solution to give Regions Bank that award based off of their proposal that 00:02:19
they submitted to us. 00:02:25
The total interest rate is 4.79%. The total interest that we are projecting to pay over the life of the loan is about $640,000. 00:02:32
Year one interest will be about 150,000 of that. 00:02:39
The interest rate of 4.79 was the best that was received within the structure that was. 00:02:47
Proposed in the RFP, so A2 year draw was 479 on the outstanding balance expectation 2 years. 00:02:53
To complete the. 00:03:03
Correct. And then there's converts to a three-year. 00:03:05
I would assume that our option correct. OK. 00:03:09
Gentlemen, any questions? 00:03:12
So. 00:03:14
Please compliment your people, I think. 00:03:16
That's a nice package. 00:03:19
All in favor, say aye. Aye. OK, item is approved. 00:03:21
General Fund Budget Revision #2 Miss Standard Yes Sir, This budget revision is requesting. 00:03:30
Amendment to the both the revenue section and the expenditure section of the general fund. We have received an ATM recycling grant 00:03:39
in the amount of $380,000 and we are requesting to approve budget to receive that grant revenue and then to also increase the 00:03:46
funding available to the ESD department for expenditure of that grant. OK who? 00:03:53
Chris, that's your folks. Get that. 00:04:02
Umm. 00:04:05
Congrats you. You can sit down and take the congratulations. Nice job, I think. Well, so I realize it probably started before you 00:04:06
took over, but it didn't been bad. We would have blamed you for it. So you are. 00:04:12
Entitled to the credit card. Do you wanna do you wanna discuss what the grant we used for? Oh yeah, I can. That's just one thing. 00:04:20
It might be a good piece of information to have. So it's a partnership with W Alabama Recycling. We get City of Tuscaloosa will be 00:04:26
getting a recycling. 00:04:32
Dump trailer and about 12 recycling drop off containers. Wow. 00:04:39
It. 00:04:46
Still any questions? 00:04:47
Is there a motion all in favor, say aye, aye, OK, revision is approved. 00:04:50
Item number four Approval of Water and sewer RFFI Budget revision. 00:04:56
Number. 00:05:01
Yes, Sir. This budget revision is to receive funding that was received via the transfer of infrastructure between Westerville and 00:05:02
the City of Tuscaloosa for the sewer infrastructure, if you will recall, maybe a couple of months ago, we did. 00:05:10
An acquisition of infrastructure of sewer infrastructure from Westerville. Along with that acquisition of infrastructure came a 00:05:20
payout of 162,500 that was supposed to be used specifically for set aside to improve the infrastructure in the area. 00:05:28
And So what the budget revision is requesting to do is receipt that revenue funding and also set it aside to a specific project. 00:05:36
That currently is going to be titled the North River Yacht Club Low Pressure Maintenance System project therefore completing what 00:05:44
the scope of the contract for receiving of the infrastructure required and is that all four 4 million of what's shown there and 00:05:49
amended budget. 00:05:54
Hmm. 00:06:02
So the the 1st 162 five, the 162 five is just the amendment amount, the full, the full $4 million that you see in that line of the 00:06:03
amended final budget that cost reimbursed line item is. 00:06:10
It's a revenue line that encompasses much more than just this one item. So that $4 million is made-up of a number of different 00:06:19
things. 00:06:22
Mr. Crow this year Neck of the Woods. Any questions or comments? 00:06:27
I think it's good that we received an asset we're also getting some money for. 00:06:31
That to answer this question, is there a motion? 00:06:37
All in favor, say aye. Aye. OK, item is approved. 00:06:41
Item number 5, Improvement of Elevate Budget Revision #3, Miss Standards. This is also you Elevate Budget revision #3 is to amend 00:06:49
the Elevate Fund budget for grant received from the FAA for the runway 422 extension. If you'll recall, Jeff Powell has previously 00:06:57
briefed the Council on this grant and then the ensuing project for the runway. The one piece that we have been awarded for scope 00:07:05
by the FAA is for the planning portion. 00:07:13
And so currently grant revenues that we would be receding are going to be 289,000 in federal dollars. 00:07:21
Another 16,000 in state and then the match amount that's another 5% of the total project is has already been budgeted for and 00:07:28
Elevate. So that's already done. We're just receiving the grant funding and then increasing the budget for the federal dollars in 00:07:33
kind. 00:07:38
289 for the grant, 16 from the state, 16 from us Correct. Gentlemen, any questions, comments, all in favor say aye aye item is 00:07:45
approved. 00:07:50
Item number six, Schoolyard Routes Agency Funding discussion. Mr. Tyner, you requested it. Would you like to intro briefly? Yes, 00:07:59
Sir. Thank you. 00:08:05
Following protocol. 00:08:12
To counselor Busby as chair finance to tell them the situation with schoolyard routes. After speaking with Nicole. They were not 00:08:14
funded at all and I wasn't aware of it. And other council members I talked to weren't either. 00:08:21
I asked what to be put for a discussion on today's Finance Committee and since then I've spoken to other counselors about it and. 00:08:31
Here we. 00:08:40
OK, welcome. You know, give us your name and position. 00:08:42
So my name is Nicole Duca, I'm the executive director of Square Roots, and I just have. 00:08:46
5 minutes of information to share with you all. I want to thank you Council President Tyler, for having us in and thank you all 00:08:52
for for having me here today. 00:08:56
Do I have a clicker? 00:09:01
So I'm here today because we have been partnering with the city to do our programming for over a decade now. What we do is we 00:09:06
bring learning to life through hands on teaching gardens in 12 elementary schools across Tuscaloosa. Eight of those are located 00:09:11
within the city of Tuscaloosa. 00:09:16
What we do is we provide a semester of garden programming for students every single year that they are in elementary school. We 00:09:23
teach a standards based curriculum, so we integrate science, math, reading, language arts all into the lessons that we do in the 00:09:32
garden. And we also integrate real world skills like entrepreneurship and social emotional skills like cooperation. 00:09:40
Self-awareness, responsibility. All of this happens in our garden classes at schools. 00:09:48
This is a little bit about the city partner schools that we partner with. We are with schools in nearly every district of the 00:09:55
city, and we actually serve students from the entire city through our partnership with the magnet school and our partnership with 00:10:01
the STARS Academy and the new Heights Community Resource Center. 00:10:07
Why do we do what we do? It's a good question. So National Research shows that school gardens students who participate in school 00:10:15
gardens show the students are healthier. They are more resilient, more empowered. They show higher science achievement, higher 00:10:24
academic achievement, higher levels of responsibility and maturity, and they show improved relationships with. 00:10:33
The environment and with the natural world. 00:10:42
Here in Tuscaloosa. 00:10:44
Over a decade of programming with our schools has shown outstanding results. 100% of classroom teachers and principals last year 00:10:47
told us that our program made a positive impact on students, including. 00:10:53
The students were more willing to try new foods and make healthier choices. 00:11:00
These all of these photos, by the way, are from our partner schools. These are all students who have participated in our program. 00:11:04
They have also told us that their students connect their garden learning to their classroom standards. 00:11:10
They've told us that students in our program are more engaged and actually more excited to participate in school. 00:11:16
They've told us that students who have autism or who are nonverbal actually engage more during garden lessons than they do during 00:11:22
the rest of the school day. 00:11:26
They tell us that students gain a sense of responsibility, of self-control and independence in the garden. 00:11:31
And they tell us that students collaborate and work as a team when they come into the garden. 00:11:36
This is a little bit about the funding history that we have with the city. We have had a funding partnership with the city every 00:11:43
single year since 2014. 00:11:47
We as an organization, fundraise over 50% of our operating budget. We do receive program fees from the schools that we work with, 00:11:55
but over 50% of our budget is fundraised by our very small nonprofit team. We are creative. We are capable fundraisers. We are 00:12:02
always coming up with new ways to bring in revenue. That being said, our partnership with the city feels essential to continuing 00:12:09
the work that we do. And if we don't have that partnership, we just simply can't serve Tuscaloosa students in the same way that we 00:12:16
have been serving them. 00:12:23
I want to end with just an example of why this work is so important. I'm sharing these photos with permission from. 00:12:32
Tesney Davis, who's the mental health director for TC. 00:12:41
These pictures were taken last Friday. 00:12:46
You can see by the looks on these young men's faces that they are happy, they are excited, they feel a lot of pride, and they've 00:12:48
just done their first sweet potato harvest. Does anyone recognize what school they're at? There's one little hint in the photos. 00:12:54
Does anyone recognize? 00:12:59
I do, but I won't say. 00:13:06
Yeah, so these are students who are enrolled at Stars Academy. So these are 3rd through 5th graders who are have committed a Class 00:13:10
3 behavioral offense at their home school and they are now enrolled at Stars Academy in hopes of being able to move back into 00:13:16
their home school. This is the first year that we have ever been able to do this program with students at Stars Academy. And like 00:13:22
I'm getting chills right now because it is already been transformational just in the couple of months that we've been able to be 00:13:28
there. 00:13:33
And I don't want you to take my word for it. I want you to take Tesny Davis's word for it. This is a quote from her, she said. 00:13:40
Schoolyard Roots educates the whole child. We gathered our first harvest yesterday and if these photos could talk, you would hear 00:13:48
the words of our students shouting teamwork. 00:13:52
I can help you did it. 00:13:57
This little garden is teaching our students, academics, entrepreneurship, self-confidence, self management. 00:14:00
Healthy relations. 00:14:07
And countless other skills. 00:14:09
And I think that's pretty amazing, and I hope that you do too. 00:14:11
In conclusion, our program has been able to benefit 10s of thousands of students across the city for over a decade. 00:14:16
And we are grateful for the city's support and and the funding that has allowed us to do that and I just believe that. 00:14:24
Now more than ever, this is such an important time to continue to fund and support this type of work for our students, and I hope 00:14:32
that we can continue that. 00:14:35
Thank you very much. I appreciate you coming in. Can you talk to us a little bit about the budget? What is your total annual 00:14:39
budget? Our annual operating budget this year was $375,000, Next year it's $380,000. So are we calling 24 next year or? 00:14:48
Next year is that 24 or 24, So 380. 00:14:56
These were our 2022 finances which you have in the annual reports that I handed out to you. You can see 45% of that comes from 00:15:03
program service fees from the school system and the other 55% of it we fundraise ourselves. So the the money that you all are 00:15:11
requesting from the city, would that fall in the direct public support is that you put it under grants. 00:15:19
And a program service Fe. 00:15:29
The school system pays that, correct? And we have contracts with the public or with? 00:15:33
City Schools and with the county schools, so our County School contract is separate from everything that happens with the city. 00:15:40
OK. So out of the 380? 00:15:48
Roughly 45% of that comes flows through the school systems as service fees, that's correct. 00:15:51
Um. 00:16:02
Any funding we provide would be in there and there. Give us a couple of examples of other grants. Sure, we receive funding from 00:16:04
the USDA through their Farm to School program. We receive funding from the Alabama Department of Agriculture. 00:16:12
We receive funding from local family foundations like the Maccabee Foundation, like the Reese Pfeiffer Foundation, and everywhere 00:16:21
in between we have national. 00:16:27
Grants from places like Whole Foods that has their Whole Kids program. 00:16:36
We have a Clif Bar has a School Garden Support grant. We we just received for our third year in a row the belonging. 00:16:41
Diversity and Inclusion grant from the Southeastern Grocers, which is the parent company of winn-dixie. They have selected us to 00:16:50
receive this grant now for the third year that it's been running. 00:16:56
And then direct public support. So that's all of the donations that we raise from the public. So that's individual donations from 00:17:04
anyone who might walk by on the street and wants to support us. It's also all the funding that we get from business sponsorships, 00:17:10
from local businesses. We do an annual fundraiser called A Movable Feast. We bring in a we brought in $50,000 this year with that, 00:17:17
and we had 33 local business sponsorships. 00:17:23
OK, let's let's switch over to the right side. 00:17:32
Program support fun. 00:17:36
You spend 2% of that 380 raising funds. 00:17:38
Program support 9%. 00:17:43
Programs support me. It's it's any kind of overhead that just doesn't fall under mission delivery. So any of our hours, any of our 00:17:46
program hours that wouldn't wouldn't go towards mission delivery. 00:17:53
Accounting things like that. 00:18:00
Health insurance. I'm assuming that's employee health insurance. 00:18:04
An admission delivery would encompass. 00:18:08
That wraps up. 00:18:11
Everything that goes towards supporting our mission. So and what would the biggies be? The biggies are we have 3 Garden Educators 00:18:14
and one program director who are all a part of you know, they teach at the 12 schools that, that so that that we operate at. 00:18:22
So are are the teachers your schoolyard roots? 00:18:31
People. Or are they school employee teachers? 00:18:36
None of nobody in our program is an employee of the of the school system. We are A501C3 nonprofit. We operate independently of the 00:18:42
school system, but we. 00:18:47
Operate as a partner of the school system, if that makes sense. 00:18:52
I think it does just like the Boys and Girls Club, just like. 00:18:57
And you know any other agency that does programming with the schools and and but is their own nonprofit. 00:19:03
Pride of Tuscaloosa. 00:19:11
Contribution takes the. 00:19:13
Of service phase. 00:19:17
Correct. It's a. It's a. It's a fee for services. 00:19:18
But the fee for services covers less than 50% of the cost of programming. 00:19:22
OK, gentlemen. 00:19:26
Questions. Comments. 00:19:29
Thank you so much, Nicole for. 00:19:31
I present. 00:19:34
I know that the ask. 00:19:36
To get the 18-6, which I think President Tyler talked about that wouldn't. 00:19:39
That we're looking conting. 00:19:45
I would like us to look through. 00:19:47
To to bump into an. 00:19:50
20,000 from contingency. 00:19:52
For this program and if we could and then let me add, when I talked to her and found out what I did, I called the first person I 00:19:55
called Scarlet. 00:19:58
You ask for money, but where are you going? Where's where's the Orange Park where you're from? 00:20:04
And. 00:20:11
That's when I got the information from. 00:20:13
That. 00:20:16
One source would be contingency funds. 00:20:18
So, yeah, John, I was just going to say where Kathy Wood started programs similar to this. 00:20:21
Several years ago at the juvenile detention center and it was one of the best programs. 00:20:27
That was a partnership with us. Yeah, I thought so. I wasn't sure. I didn't want to give you any credit, but it was really one of 00:20:33
the best programs we ever had out there. 00:20:37
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Mr. Voir. Thank you very much. What will what? 00:20:41
President Tyler and I. 00:20:48
Talked about was would have you come in and present today. Let us then go back amongst ourselves, socialize it, talk with the 00:20:50
people in our district and if there is a if one of the Finance Committee members wants to make a motion. 00:20:56
To vote on, we'll do that at a subsequent meeting. Thank you very much. Thank you. 00:21:04
Item number 7 Miss Howard. 00:21:12
No. 00:21:17
What? 00:21:22
Will you talk a little bit about what we're voting on, Mr. 00:21:23
For item number 7. 00:21:28
Well, I was expecting miss. 00:21:31
To be here to explain that but. 00:21:35
What she requested of me via. 00:21:37
Was that we have. 00:21:42
On whether or not to refer the RJ Development Incentive request over to staff. 00:21:44
For analysis. 00:21:52
Negotiations and recommendations. 00:21:55
If any, back to this committee. 00:21:58
And then we vote on if, if, if it comes back to us with a recommendation, that we then conduct a vote on that. 00:22:02
But first. 00:22:11
Volley over the net into economic development, I would assume, mayor. 00:22:13
Primarily really finance at that point, looking at what the data provided by economic development and the development, but 00:22:20
essentially a staff analysis. 00:22:24
Any negotiations that are a part of that and then recommendations? 00:22:30
Back to this committee and I think 4 weeks would be. 00:22:35
An acceptable amount of time. Anybody. 00:22:41
Mayor, do you think that gives them enough time? 00:22:45
I don't think this is, it's not a very complicated. So what what we will be voting on is. 00:22:49
To refer the RJ Development Incentive Request. 00:22:57
Over to. 00:23:01
For analysis, negotiations and recommendations. 00:23:03
Back to this committee and no more than four weeks. 00:23:07
Chairman is part of that analysis. 00:23:12
Will the analysis include whether this? 00:23:14
Is recommended to us to be considered under invest Tuscaloosa or is that that would be under recommendations, analysis, 00:23:18
negotiation and recommendations? Because my understanding. 00:23:23
Used for underserved areas, so that determination needs to be made. 00:23:32
This recommendation by this committee correct if we agree. 00:23:37
Well, I would think the recommendation back from. 00:23:42
Economic development and finance would. 00:23:45
Include whether or not it fell under Tuscaloosa. 00:23:48
Just off the top of my head. 00:23:52
I think that section of 15th. 00:23:54
Would be a tough sell on Tuscaloosa invest, but that's we'll see what the recommendation comes back as. 00:23:58
Ultimately, it's in your your authority to ultimately decide. 00:24:04
You can reject accept or. 00:24:09
The recommendation that we. 00:24:12
We will give you certainly the the Invest Tuscaloosa analysis too. I can't remember if it qualifies or not. I want to say no, but 00:24:17
that area was also in the tornado zone. 00:24:22
As well. So I can't remember what what we have or don't have in that area. 00:24:28
Off. 00:24:32
Yes. 00:24:34
Sounds good. Is there a motion to proceed with? 00:24:39
All in favor, Say aye, Aye. 00:24:44
Incentive request is referred back to staff for analysis, negotiation, recommendation back to this committee. 00:24:49
And no more than four weeks. 00:24:56
Any other items to be brought for Finance Committee? 00:24:59
If not, is there a motion to adjourn? 00:25:02
All in favor, Say aye. 00:25:06
Finance is. 00:25:08
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